Cox’s Magnificent Seven: New Leaders Locked In


Cox Media Group (CMG) has named seven veteran broadcast leaders to take on senior leadership roles in seven of its markets.

In Boston, with Tom Raponi’s upcoming retirement Joe Pomilla will lead CMG’s Back Bay operation as VP/GM for WFXT-TV, reporting to Regional VP Ray Carter.  Pomilla, a 30-year broadcasting veteran, was formerly VP/GM for CMG/Charlotte.

Succeeding Pomilla in Charlotte is Cedric Thomas, who was previously Director/Sales for CMG Pittsburgh. In Charlotte, Thomas will oversee WSOC-TV and WAXN-TV, also reporting to Carter.

In Memphis, Susan Connor is promoted to VP/GM of CMG Memphis, where she will oversee WHBQ-TV. Connor, who also reports to Carter, was previously was the Creative Services Director at KIRO-TV in Seattle. She has a 33-year career in broadcast television and served as the Station Manager for KOB-TV in Albuquerque, N.Mex., before joining Cox.

In the newly integrated market of Orlando, Jason Meder has been promoted to GM, where he will report to Market VP Paul Curran. Meder comes to Orlando from Cox’s Tampa Bay radio group, where he’s spent the last 16 years—most recently as the Director of Sales.

For Kevin Hayes, a return to Cox Media Group is in play. The one-time VP/GM of Cox’s WJAC-TV in Johnstown, Pa., is now GM for WPXI-TV in Pittsburgh. Hayes was most recently GM for Sinclair’s KFOX-TV and KDBC-TV in El Paso, Texas.

Overseeing Cox’s Jacksonville properties is Bob Longo, most recently the News Director at Jacksonville’s WFOX-TV and WJAX-TV. Prior to joining Cox, he spent five years as News Director at WESH-TV in Orlando and nearly 10 years as News Director at WTAE-TV in Pittsburgh.

Lastly, Cox Media Group/Miami has promoted Director of Sales Ralph Renzi to GM. He’ll now oversee AC WFEZ-FM, Urban AC WHQT-FM, Urban WEDR-FM and CHR/Pop WFLC-FM. Renzi was with Hubbard Radio’s WTOP-FM in Washington, D.C., before moving to CMG’s Hollywood, Fla.-based operation in South Florida.

These new leaders will transition into their roles between now and the end of the year.