CMG names Keith Hastings New Rock Format Leader


Cox Media Group says that in addition to his current role as Program Director for KISS 95.5 FM and KTKX 106.7 FM in San Antonio, Hastings will work closely with Steve Smith, CMG’s VP of Radio Programming, and all of CMG’s rock program directors at the company’s other rock stations – WXXJ 102.9 FM in Jacksonville, Fla.; WBAB 102.3 FM in Long Island; WSUN 97X FM in Tampa; and KJSR Rock 103 FM in Tulsa.

“We were incredibly fortunate to add Keith Hastings to our programming team earlier this year,” said CMG Executive VP of Radio Kim Guthrie.  “He is a seasoned pro in the rock format, making this a natural step to put his rock instincts to work with all of our Cox Media Group rock stations across the country.”

Hastings has worked for some of the most iconic brands in several variations of the rock format. His career as a rock programmer spans four decades, including Program Director at Greater Media’s WCSX in Detroit, with Entercom’s WAAF in Boston and with Saga Communications’ WHQG and WLZR in Milwaukee, Wis. and WAQY in Springfield, Mass.

“Keith’s proven track record shines with multiple triumphs across the country,” said Steve Smith.  “We’re extremely lucky to have Keith on our team.  He’s moved KISS in San Antonio back into the top five with adults age 25 to 54, and we look forward to his many more successes in San Antonio and in working with our talented rock PDs.

“I’m extremely grateful to Kim Guthrie, Steve Smith, and Dan Lawrie for this opportunity.  To work alongside so many excellent programmers, raising the game for Cox Media rock brands everywhere, is both humbling and an honor. Several in our industry have supported my professional growth over the years, as has my family, and I’m thankful to all of them for affording me the ability to take this next step with a truly amazing group of broadcasters.”