Brian Thomas has been named Vice President of Programming for the six CBS RADIO stations in Tampa, it was announced today by Benjamin Hill, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, CBS RADIO Tampa. The appointment is effective on Monday, June 4.
CBS RADIO owns and operates top-rated stations WLLD-FM (WiLD 94.1); WQYK-FM (99.5 Country); WQYK (1010AM Sports); WRBQ-FM (104.7 Classic Hits); WSJT-FM (98.7 Adult Hits); and WYUU-FM (92.5 Spanish).
Thomas, an accomplished and respected radio programmer, is currently program director of CBS RADIO’s iconic WCBS-FM in New York and Vice President of Classic Hits Programming for the Company. He has also been working with CBS RADIO station WODS-FM in Boston for the past two years. During his tenure at WCBS, the station was honored with a Marconi Award for Oldies Station of the Year (2010) and has consistently been among the top-ranked stations in the New York area.
In addition, Thomas has extensive experience as a programmer and consultant in major markets such as Los Angeles, San Francisco, Dallas, Boston, Detroit, and Seattle. He was instrumental in a number of stations achieving rankings in the Top 5.
“I have long admired Brian’s creativity and warrior-like approach to programming battles,” said Hill. “We have the same philosophy for producing great radio – local programming featuring local personalities, executed flawlessly. Adding Brian to our dream team of talent will ensure we deliver great results across all our properties in the market.”
Added Thomas, "I'm extremely proud of what we've accomplished at CBS-FM, and move on knowing the station will continue to achieve greatness. I’m thrilled to have been part of the station’s success and wish them all the best.
“Equally exciting for me is the opportunity to work in Tampa with multiple stations that appeal to a variety of audiences. I look forward to breaking new ground, shaping unique on-air and online experiences and strengthening the connection we have with our listeners.”
“We have tremendous brands and programmers in Tampa Bay,” said Greg Strassell, Senior Vice President, Programming, CBS RADIO. “And we’ve always been impressed with Brian’s leadership. This winning combination of content and content creators, who are among the best in the industry, is a strong statement affirming CBS RADIO’s approach to building strong local radio stations.”
CBS RADIO, one of the largest major-market radio operators in the United States is a division of CBS Corporation. CBS RADIO operates 130 radio stations, the majority of which are in the nation's top 50 markets.