Radio One, Inc. Promotes Tony Fields to Program Director Of KBFB-FM 'The Beat' in Dallas
Will Retain His Current Position of Regional Vice President of Programming For Stations in the Columbus, Dayton, Cincinnati, Minneapolis, Louisville, Raleigh, and Indianapolis MarketsRadio One, Inc. (Nasdaq: ROIAK; ROIA) announced today, effective immediately, that it has promoted Tony Fields to Program Director of KBFB-FM 97.9 "The Beat" in Dallas, Texas. He replaces Darryl Johnson, who was transferred to another Radio One property. Mr. Fields will retain his current position of Regional Vice President of Programming for stations in the Columbus, Dayton, Cincinnati, Minneapolis, Louisville, Raleigh and Indianapolis markets. He will be based in Dallas. In this position, Mr. Fields will direct the overall programming of the station. He will report to George Laughlin, General Manager of the Dallas station.
Mr. Fields was named Regional Vice President of Programming in the summer of 2001 when Radio One acquired Blue Chip Broadcasting. Mr. Fields began his broadcasting career in television working for WAVE-TV Channel 3 and WKPC-TV Channel 15 in Louisville, Kentucky. After finding radio broadcasting to be more aggressive and entertaining, he switched to the legendary station WLOU, formerly owned by Johnson Publishing Company and John H. Johnson. Earning his stripes at WLOU, Tony held positions at local radio stations, 99.7 WDJX, and 101.7 WJYL. After fulfilling a desire to test his audience appeal, Mr. Fields accepted Programming positions in Cincinnati, OH, San Francisco, CA, Norfolk, VA, Los Angeles, CA, and Milwaukee, WI. In 1993, Mr. Fields reached an even higher plateau by becoming Vice President of Broadcast Operations for Regan Henry's UNC Media. In 1996, Mr. Fields returned to Cincinnati accepting the Vice President reins for Blue Chip Broadcasting. Mr. Fields received several local and national awards as well as Billboard and Impact Magazine's Program Director of the Year in 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999 and 2000.
Commenting on the promotion, Mary Catherine Sneed, the Company's Chief Operating Officer stated, "Tony is an incredible programmer and I am ecstatic that I finally get to work with him. I think he has the ability to help us do great things with our programming efforts in Dallas."
"Tony comes to us with a wealth of programming experience. He has the ability to help us move to the next level. I'm very happy to have Tony here in Dallas," said George Laughlin, General Manager.
Radio One is the nation's seventh largest radio broadcasting company (based on 2000 pro forma revenue) in the United States and the largest primarily targeting African-American and urban listeners. Pro forma for all announced acquisitions and operating agreements, the Company owns and/or operates 65 radio stations located in 22 of the largest markets in the United States and programs five channels on the XM Satellite Radio System.
This press release may include forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Because these statements apply to future events, they are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially, including the absence of a combined operating history with an acquired company or radio station and the potential inability to integrate acquired businesses, need for additional financing, high degree of leverage, granting of rights to acquire certain portions of the acquired company's or radio station's operations, variable economic conditions and consumer tastes, as well as restrictions imposed by existing debt and future payment obligations. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially are described in the Company's reports on Forms 10-K and 10- Q and other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
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