Audacy Names Foss Its First CTO


She’s been the Chief Information Officer for Audacy Inc. since joining the company then-known as Entercom in September 2020.

Now, the former FreeWheel and Imagine Communications executive has been promoted to the newly created role of Chief Technology Officer — a move that comes just as RBR+TVBR readers for the first time are honoring Broadcast Media’s Top Tech Leaders.



Who are Broadcast Media’s Top Tech Leaders? Is Audacy represented on this first-ever, reader-generated honor roll? Find out on January 24, exclusively in the all-new Winter 2022 Radio + Television Business Report print edition. It includes a cover story on the future of broadcasting and OTT for over-the-air TV, and interviews with a wide array of broadcast technology leaders — including GatesAir CEO Bruce Swail, Qligent’s Brick Eksten and CP Communications’ Kurt Heitman. It’s available to RBR+TVBR subscribers and as a digital download to all MWC Barcelona 2022 attendees.



Sarah Foss has earned the new role, and she’ll be charged with spearheading the company’s efforts “to innovate and differentiate its products and services via new technological capabilities.”

Foss will continue to report to Rich Schmaeling, who now holds the dual roles of Chief Financial Officer and EVP of Strategic Initiatives at Audacy.

Specifically, Foss will manage Audacy’s key technology initiatives, including software development, ad tech, business intelligence and analytics, data solutions, and Audacy’s recently acquired live and on-demand audio streaming business, AmperWave.

“Audacy is in the enviable position that we have unique content, great platforms, and an appetite for transformative growth,” said Foss.  “I am excited that technology is seen as an accelerant and differentiator for us at Audacy.”

“Audacy is in the enviable position that we have unique content, great platforms, and an appetite for transformative growth.” — Sarah Foss


Before joining Audacy, Foss served as SVP of Strategic Initiatives for FreeWheel Advertisers. Prior to that role, she had held various executive roles at global technology leaders such as Imagine Communications.

Her resume also includes positions at YANGAROO Inc., Encompass Digital Media, VCI Solutions, and Harris Corp. At Harris, Fass was Managing Director of a European subsidiary from April 2004-2006; from May 1998-November 1999 she was a Manager of Strategic Marketing.

Foss’ first career experience came at PBS Member stations, following her 1992 graduation from Pacific Lutheran University and, after that, her earning a Masters’ in Management and Telecommunications from Ohio University.