First, it was the departure of Kim Guthrie as CEO. Then came the departures of Miami-Fort Lauderdale GSM AJ Punjabi; WFEZ-FM in Miami Director of Branding and Programming Gary Williams; and market veteran Rob Sidney, who had been handling weekends and voicing various station promos.
Now, there’s more change on the way inside Cox Media Group‘s radio division. This time it involves its properties in a big Texas market.
Mark Krieschen, VP/GM of Cox’s Houston radio stations, is retiring.
His final day with the four stations is set for October 23.
Krieschen’s replacement has not yet been named.
CMG’s Houston radio stations are comprised of Country KKBQ-FM “93Q,” gold-based KTHT-FM “Country Legends 97.1,” and Classic Rock simulcast partners KHPT-FM 106.9 and KGLK-FM 107.5 “The Eagle.”
Commenting on Krieschen’s decision, EVP of CMG Radio Bill Hendrich said, “I can’t speak highly enough of Mark and I am certain his Houston team shares my sentiment. In leading the largest market in CMG’s radio portfolio, Mark has been an integral part of CMG Radio’s growth, our impact in the industry and in the communities across Houston. His contributions will always be valued, and he will be remembered for his passionate dedication and leadership style that moved others to give their best, every day.”
Krieschen added, “It’s been an honor and a privilege to work in this business, to shape people’s careers, to help local businesses and serve our communities. I will always think fondly of the great people I’ve worked with over the years at CMG. I know they will continue to do great work and make a difference.”
Krieschen has been with CMG’s Houston stations since April 2005. That’s when he took the role of VP/GM of what was an ’80s-focused Adult Hits KHPT, branded as “106.9 The Point.” Meanwhile, the 107.5 MHz frequency was Oldies KLDE-FM.
He took the role after many years in sales and management at WGN-AM in Chicago under Tribune Co. ownership.
Krieschen joined WGN -AM in 1985 as an account executive.