For nearly a decade, Kevin Malone served as an Atlanta-based Regional VP for the second-largest radio broadcasting company in the U.S. by number of stations.
He left Cumulus Media in November 2010 for a four-year stint in a business development role at an engineering based systems integrator, Energy Automation Systems Inc. (EASI).
Malone returned to Cumulus in October 2014, serving as its Atlanta GSM until June 2017.
Then, with the company’s finances in question ahead of a Chapter 11 bankruptcy petition and ultimately successful reorganization effort, Malone exited Cumulus a second time — taking the role of Managing Director for AdWatch 360.
Now, after one year of pitching indoor digital billboards across Fulton and Forsyth Counties to advertisers, Malone is heading to the Florida Panhandle.
Once settled in after the five-hour drive south, Malone will take on the role of Market Manager for Community Broadcasters‘ Fort Walton Beach-Destin, Fla., stations.
This puts Malone in charge of a four-station cluster acquired by the company led by Jim Leven and Bruce Mittman in June 2016 for $5.9 million, from Apex Broadcasting.
The four FM stations are CHR/Pop WECQ “Q92,” Adult Hits WWAV “102.1 The Wave,” Country WHWY “Highway 98.1,” and Active Rock WZLB “103.1 The Blaze Rocks.”
“I could not be more excited to be handed the reigns of these four superb properties,” Malone said. “What’s not to love? Fabulous stations, talented hard working staff, committed owners and a great place to live. I can’t thank Bruce and Jim enough for the opportunity and I’m looking forward to great days ahead.”
Malone’s broadcasting career also includes a stint as CEO of The Radio Network in Auckland, New Zealand; it now a part of New Zealand Media & Entertainment. The Radio Network became a private entity in 1996, with heritage brands such as Radio Hauraki and The Breeze its key assets in Auckland and Hamilton, NZ.
The company was bought out by a syndicate that included iHeart-predecessor Clear Channel Communications.