Beasley Announces 2011 Annual Operating Award Winners

September 1, 2011

Each year Beasley recognizes noteworthy achievements, operating success and contributions from Beasley employees and radio stations. Don Melnyk is the 2011 Engineer of the Year.

  • 103.9 WXKB-FM - Radio Station of the Year, Fort Myers-Naples, FL
  • Bruce Simel - General Manager of the Year, Greenville-New Bern-Jacksonville, NC
  • Justin Chase - Program Director of the Year, KKLZ-FM, Las Vegas
  • Matt Smith - Sales Manager of the Year, WXTU-FM, Philadelphia
  • A.J. Lurie - Interactive Sales Manager of the Year, Fort Myers-Naples, FL
  • Lisa Lewis - Business Manager of the Year, Greenville-New Bern-Jacksonville, NC
  • Don Melnyk - Engineer of the Year, Philadelphia

    Founder, chairman and CEO George G. Beasley commented, "Acknowledging the outstanding performances of our employees is one of the most gratifying aspects of managing the company."

    B 103.9 WXKB-FM in Fort Myers-Naples, FL, was selected as Beasley's Radio Station of the Year based on solid overall ratings and revenue as well as commendable community service.

    The General Manager of the Year selection is based on the overall operation of a station or stations under his or her management. This year's winner, Bruce Simel, is a radio and Beasley veteran and also a prior winner of the award. Simel joined the company in 1985 and has overseen Beasley's Eastern North Carolina cluster (which consists of five FMs and one AM station) since 1994. In Eastern North Carolina, Beasley owns and operates 107.9 WNCT-FM, 1070 WNCT-AM, Classic Rock 106.5 WSFL-FM, 101.9 Kiss FM WIKS-FM, V103.3 WMGV-FM and 99.5 the X WXNR-FM.

    Beasley bestows the Program Director of the Year award to recognize the important task of providing creative and compelling content, and consistent ratings leadership. Justin Chase is this year's winner. Chase became involved in radio in 1994, entered the Las Vegas market in 2000 and joined Beasley Broadcast Las Vegas in 2009. Chase manages other Las Vegas FMs for Beasley, but he is honored this year specifically for his work with 96.3 KKLZ-FM. Chase is also a 2011 NAB Marconi Awards finalist. Chase also serves as program director for Beasley's Coyote Country 102.7 KCYE-FM.

    Matt Smith, from 92.5 XTU in Philadelphia is recognized as "General Sales Manager of the Year." In radio since 1997, Matt joined Beasley in 2003 and worked in Beasley's Las Vegas and Wilmington, DE, radio stations prior to moving to Beasley's Philadelphia market as General Sales Manager of 92.5 ‘XTU WXTU-FM. This past year Matt has done a tremendous job increasing local sales in an effort to offset sluggish national sales at the station. Additionally, Matt serves as GSM for sister-station Wired 96.5 WRDW-FM and developed several tremendous community service projects that are successfully branding both stations in the community.

    This is the first time that Beasley has bestowed an Interactive Sales Manager of the Year, and the 2011 winner is A.J. Lurie, who began his radio career at Beasley's Southwest Florida cluster in 2007. Lurie was promoted to interactive sales manager in 2009.

    Business manager for Beasley's six radio stations in the Greenville-New Bern-Jacksonville, NC, market, Lisa Lewis, was selected as the 2011 Business Manager of the Year. This is the third time that Lewis, who joined the company in 1987, has been recognized for demonstrating excellence in all areas of the stations' business operations including financial reporting, accounts receivable and payable management, payroll and human resources. She joined Beasley's Eastern NC cluster in 1994.

    Engineers play a vital role in the successful operation of a radio station. This year's winner of the Engineer of the Year award, Don Melnyk, comes from a radio family and has worked in the business since 1985. He joined Beasley in 1994, working his way up to market director of engineering for Beasley's four Philadelphia radio stations, 92.5 XTU WXTU-FM, Wired 96.5 WRDW-FM, 860 AM ESPN Deportes Radio and 800 AM WTMR. A temporary staff reduction this year from three engineers to one made it necessary for Melnyk to also handle Beasley's WJBR-FM in Wilmington. While managing regular engineer duties for all stations, he was intricately involved with planning an upgrade and continues to oversee rebuilding and construction of the Philadelphia facilities.

    Celebrating its 50th year in radio broadcasting, Beasley Broadcast Group was founded in 1961 and owns and operates 42 stations (26 FM and 16 AM) located in 11 large and mid-size markets in the United States.

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