Barry Mayo exits Radio One


Barry MayoVeteran broadcaster Barry Mayo has resigned from Radio One where he was President of the radio division since 2007. The company announcement said he had left to pursue other opportunities.

“Barry has been an integral member ofRadio One’s executive management team for nearly five years, and he has served the Company with passion and distinction. I am grateful for Barry’s contributions to the success of the Company’s initiatives, particularly given the challenging economic environment. I understand, however, that there comes a time for change in a person’s career, and I fully respect Barry’s decision to undertake new challenges. I truly wish him well,” said Radio One CEO Alfred Liggins.

“Partnering with Alfred and helping to execute his vision has been a rewarding experience, and I am proud of what we have accomplished. I am grateful for the support shown me during my tenure. While I will miss the relationships forged, I am truly looking forward to the next phase of my career,” said Mayo.

Mayo had signed a new contract with Radio One in 2009 which was to run through June of this year – but he’ll be leaving a few months early. He did not immediately return a phone call inquiring about the next stage of his career.

RBR-TVBR observation: Barry Mayo is truly someone who has done it all in radio – and done it well. He’s been a PD, VP, GM and President of a publicly traded company. His official bio on the latest Radio One proxy sums it up: “Mr. Mayo has been President of Radio One’s Radio Division since August 2007. Prior to joining Radio One, Mr. Mayo served as a consultant to the Company through his firm Mayomedia, a media consulting firm specializing in urban markets. Mr. Mayo has held numerous senior management positions during his 30 plus years of experience in the industry. He began as a program director and he helped create one of the largest urban stations in the country, WRKS-FM, in New York. Three years after joining the programming staff at WRKS-FM, Mr. Mayo became Vice President and General Manager of that station. In 1988, he and a group of partners founded Broadcast Partners. While Mr. Mayo served as President, Broadcast Partners grew into an eleven-station, publicly traded company with stations in Dallas, New York, Chicago and Charlotte. In 1995, Mr. Mayo sold his share of Broadcast Partners and founded Mayomedia. In 2003, he was recruited back to New York to become the Senior Vice President and Market Manager for Emmis Radio. He left Emmis Radio in 2006 to resume his consulting career and began working with Radio One in July 2006 as a consultant.”