In 1975, John Fullam entered the radio business at a now-defunct company called the Home News Corporation. This saw him serve as VP/GM of venerable Rock station WRKI-FM “I95” in Brookfield, Conn., a popular station serving Fairfield County and Westchester County, N.Y.
An October 1992 acceptance of similar duties at WKQI-FM in Detroit served as the catalyst for a 44-year career that saw him take key positions at AMFM Inc., Clear Channel, CBS Radio and, today, at Entercom, serving as SVP/GM/Market Manager of its Denver stations.
Fullam’s had the role since November 2017. Now, his two-year deal is up, and he’s following the lead of Jimmy De Castro by packing up his office and exiting the David Field-led radio company.
According to sources who first spoke with Streamline Publishing’s Radio Ink, Fullam is retiring at the end of 2019. RBR+TVBR independently confirmed the report midday Monday.
Entercom Regional President Doug Abernethy commented on Fullam’s retirement by saying, “What an honor it has been to work with John a second time. The impact he made both times are for the record books. I thank John for his contributions and impact on Entercom/Denver. A special thank you to his wife Debby for helping to bring John out of retirement for one last run.”
In Detroit, Fullam would go on to lead WKQI and WNIC-FM as President/GM, until June 1996. That’s when he was named GM of an Evergreen Media station that greatly transformed New York’s radio landscape for, technically, the second time, as the WKTU call letters returned at 103.5 MHz and the station embraced a rhythmic Hot Adult Contemporary presentation.
A year later, Fullam gained VP/GM duties for sibling WHTZ (Z100), replacing Jeff Dinetz, following Evergreen’s merger with Chancellor Media. He’d eventually find himself as Sr. Regional VP for the radio division of the company that gobbled up Chancellor, and AMFM Inc., too — Clear Channel. But, he’d exit in 2001, emerging in late August 2002 as President/COO of Infinity Broadcasting.
The move was a pivotal one for Infinity and for Fullam.
The job gave him oversight of Infinity’s 183 radio
stations and saw him succeed Dan Mason at what was then a Viacom subsidiary.
The job would last nine months, with Fullam’s resignation. He’d resurface in 2004 as Greater Media/Philadelphia VP /Market Manager, and was with the company through 2016.
In November 2017, he joined Entercom, coming out of retirement.
Speaking to Radio Ink, Fullam said, “It’s been such a privilege working for Doug Abernethy, Weezie Kramer and our Denver team the past two years. And I’m so grateful to have made so many wonderful friends along this extraordinary journey.”