YMF has appointed named the WBLS/WLIB NYC VP/GM as its President, reporting directly to the YMF Board. He’ll will continue his current role running the stations as well. Charles Warfield, COO, YMF Media Holdings, mentioned at NABOB in DC this year he was retiring. He will continue with the company in a consulting role. Levingston has been with WBLS for nine years and is credited with returning it to one of the top-ranked Urban stations in the country.
“On behalf of the YMF Board, we are pleased to announce this well-deserved promotion,” said Michael Cutchall. “Deon has earned this leadership position with his vast knowledge, commitment to impeccable client service, and his ability to engage and empower a high-performing team that will take YMF Media to the next level. He is a leader not only to his team, but the entire industry as well.”
“I’m very excited about this promotion,” said Levingston. “I believe I have been blessed to work for the best-of-the- best in our industry. Skip Finley [ICBS Chairman] and Charles Warfield have been great teachers and mentors over the last nine years. Emmis and [CEO] Jeff Smulyan gave me my first radio management position, and [Radio One’s] Cathy Hughes and Alfred Liggins promoted me to my first General Manager position. The one thing that they all stressed to me over the years is that you win through your people. I firmly believe we have some of the most talented and creative minds in our industry at YMF Media, LLC.”