Radio One, Inc. Promotes L. Deon Levingston to General Manager of Its Indianapolis Cluster
Will Manage the Day-to-Day Operations of WTLC-AM, WTLC-FM, WHHH-FM, and WYJZ-FM WDNI-TVRadio One, Inc. (Nasdaq: ROIAK; ROIA) announced today, that effective immediately, it has promoted L. Deon Levingston to General Manager of WTLC-AM 1330, WTLC-FM 106.7, WHHH-FM 96.3, WYJZ-FM 100.9 and WDNI-TV Channel 65 in the Indianapolis, Indiana market. In this position, Mr. Levingston will manage the day-to-day operations of the stations. He will report to Carl Hamilton, Vice President and Regional Manager of the Indianapolis market.
When Radio One acquired WTLC-AM and FM from Emmis Communications in February 2001, Mr. Levingston had been the Local Sales Manager of those stations for the past four years. After the acquisition, Radio One immediately promoted Mr. Levingston to Director of Sales of its five-station cluster in Indianapolis. During his term as Director of Sales, Mr. Levingston successfully merged two competing sales staffs and met the revenue budget with double digit budget increases during a down economy. Before joining Emmis in 1998, Mr. Levingston spent two years at WFXI/WYDO in Greenville, North Carolina. From 1989 to 1996, he also held account executive positions at various radio stations in and around the Indianapolis market.
Commenting on the promotion, Carl Hamilton, Vice President and Regional Manager of Indianapolis stated, "Deon has developed and consistently managed our successful Indianapolis sales staff. There is not a person that demonstrates more passion than Deon Levingston. In his new leadership role, Deon's determination, creativity, and coaching will take our Indianapolis broadcast stations to the next level of success."
Radio One is the nation's seventh largest radio broadcasting company (based on 2000 pro forma revenue) 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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