On June 9, the individual who ran Saga Communications‘ Portland, Me., group of radio stations was taken to lunch. Bob Adams never returned.
Forty-eight hours later, we now know why. A former Entercom Communications executive with rich experience of New England’s radio landscape has taken over as SVP/Market Manager of what’s branded as the “Portland Radio Group.”
That’s Phil Zachary, who served as SVP/Market Manager of Entercom’s Washington, D.C., station group until transitioning to “a corporate role working on special projects” in November 2019.
Zachary’s contract with Entercom ended in May 2020.
His tenure in the Nation’s Capital began in May 2018, and was previously Market Manager for Entercom’s Hartford properties. Before that, he was SVP/Market Manager for Entercom’s Southern New England Region, and prior to that served as VP/Market Manager for Entercom/Boston for four years.
Zachary has also been President and COO for Curtis Media Group in Raleigh-Durham; and took the role in D.C. for Entercom having previously served as VP/Market Captain for CBS Radio in Washington, D.C.
The Portland Radio Group is comprised of Classic Country WZAN-AM, Classic Hits WYNZ-FM “Rewind 100.9,” AC WBAE-AM/WVAE-AM, Adult Alternative WCLZ-FM, News/Talk WGAN-AM, Hot AC WMGX-FM “Coast 93.1,” Country WPOR-FM 101.9 and “Pure Oldies 105.5,” run off of the WYNZ HD2 feed.
Local staff at Saga Communications’ Portland, Me., station group were notified of the change in command via the following internal memo, shared to the media by corporate SVP/Operations Chris Forgy late Thursday: