Jim Ryan, Vice President, Adult Contemporary Programming and Program Director of Fresh 102.7 (WWFS-FM), New York adds programming responsibilities for powerhouse Classic Hits station WCBS-FM 101.1, it was announced today by Don Bouloukos, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, CBS RADIO New York. He assumes the role from Brian Thomas, who has moved to CBS RADIO Tampa to become Vice President, Programming for the market. Ryan’s appointment is effective immediately.
Ryan, a veteran in the radio industry, is known and revered for his exemplary work in the Adult Contemporary format. In addition, he has been an integral part of the New York radio community for over 15 years.
“Jim knows New York radio and its core audience like no other, which is a perfect fit for the station that embodies and personifies the city,” said Bouloukos. “I have had the good fortune of working with Jim for the past two years and his day to day performance made my final decision an easy one. This legendary institution begins its 41st year in very capable hands.”
“CBS-FM is as much a part of New York as the Empire State Building and Broadway,” said Ryan, of his appointment. “In our industry there is no station more storied over the past 40 years than CBS-FM. Overseeing the programming of such a renowned radio station in the greatest city in the world is quite simply an honor. Brian Thomas and his team have done an incredible job and I am thrilled to take CBS-FM into its fifth decade of broadcast excellence.”
Before joining CBS RADIO, Ryan was head of his own consulting company, Jim Ryan Media, where he advised many top radio stations, including market leaders in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Houston, and syndicated national personalities, in addition to providing Arbitron PPM analysis to influential clients in the talk radio industry.
From September 1996 to April 2008, Ryan worked for Clear Channel’s WLTW, 106.7 Lite-FM. During his time at the station, Ryan programmed and served as Director of Adult Contemporary Programming, went on to become Vice President of AC Programming and was later elevated to Senior Vice President of AC Programming. Furthermore, he consulted Premiere syndication directed at the adult female audience, including notable talent such as Delilah and Casey Kasem. Over the years, Ryan was responsible for helping WLTW become one of the most listened to and top billing radio stations in America.
Prior to working in New York, Ryan played an instrumental role in establishing WBEB in Philadelphia as a market leader. Additionally, he programmed and then became an equity partner in a Portland, Oregon radio property (KXYQ) forming an acquisition company with the band Van Halen. Ryan is a native of Long Island where he began his broadcasting career, and later went on to work in Denver, Pittsburgh, Miami and Detroit, before his first group programming job in 1981 overseeing stations in Michigan, Wisconsin and Florida.