Now that Greater Media is gone, Beasley has not welcomed all of the company’s staff as severance packages have been handed to at least one high-level individual at the company.
The same can now be said in Charlotte, where Entercom has made a change at the top of its newly acquired four-station cluster.
With Entercom’s takeover of WBT-AM & FM, WLNK and WFNZ finalized today, one-time Citadel Broadcasting Midwest President Matt Hanlon has taken the role of VP/Market Manager for Entercom/Charlotte. Since exiting Citadel — another former broadcaster now recorded in the annals of history — in April 2015, Hanlon has focused his efforts on his Grand Rapids-based executive advisory business and as an adviser to the president of The Job Post.
Hanlon takes over stations overseen for many years by Rick Feinblatt, who served as SVP/Market Manager under Greater Media ownership in addition to a corporate-level role of SVP/Radio held since 2004.
Feinblatt joined Greater Media in 1997, with the company’s acquisition of Rocker WMMR-FM 93.3 in Philadelphia, where he served as GSM.
At the same time. WBT 9 a.m.-noon personality Keith Larson exits after 14 years. He tells the Charlotte Observer he will continue his role as a columnist for the daily newspaper owned by McClatchy Co., and focus on his independent marketing and advertising business while serving as a minority partner in Zen Massage Franchising Inc.
Also leaving WBT is 31-year news director Jim Barroll.
At WFNZ, morning co-host Jim Celania retires after 19 years at the Sports Talker.
BEASLEY NAMES MOTOR CITY LEADER
With Beasley now in the Motor City, 25-year Fayetteville, N.C. VP/Market Manager Mac Edwards (a.k.a. Mac McTindal) has accepted similar duties in Detroit.
Beasley’s newly acquired Detroit cluster is comprised of Classic Rock WCSX-FM 94.7, Classic Hip-Hop WMGC-FM 105.1 and Rock WRIF-FM 101.1. Edwards spent a quarter-century at the helm of the Fayetteville stations.
Succeeding Edwards in Fayetteville is another Beasley family member.
Erika Beasley will now serve as VP/Market Manager of the company’s five-station Fayetteville, N.C. cluster. She was previously GSM of the company’s Country WQYK-FM in Tampa.