Beasley Broadcast Recognizes 2008 Annual Operating Award Winners

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Beasley Broadcast Recognizes 2008 Annual Operating Award Winners

Aug 14, 2008 9:37 AM

Beasley Broadcast Recognizes Annual Operating Award Winners
Naples, FL - Aug 14, 2008 - Beasley Broadcast Group has announced the winners of its annual Operating Awards. Each year, Beasley Broadcast recognizes noteworthy achievements, operating success and contributions from individual Beasley employees and stations over the preceding 12 months. This year's honorees were presented at the company's annual gathering of general managers.

  • Thomas Manning - General Manager of the Year
  • Tom Calococci and T Gentry - Program Directors of the Year
  • John Jaras - Sales Manager of the Year
  • Pet Money - Business Manager of the Year
  • Power 96 WPOW-FM - Radio Station of the Year

The General Manager of the Year selection is based on the overall operation of the station or stations under his or her management. This year's winner is Thomas Manning, general manager of WPOW-FM in Miami, and vice president of sales for the company's three-station Miami cluster that includes Power 96 WPOW-FM, 99.9 Kiss Country WKIS-FM and Sports Radio 560 WQAM-AM. He joined the company in 2007.

Beasley bestows a Program Director of the Year award in recognition of the role program directors play in providing creative and compelling content, and consistent ratings leadership. This year, two PDs were chosen to receive the honor.

Tom Calococci, operations manager/program director for Power 96 WPOW-FM and HD2 station 96 Dash 2 Pirate Radio in the Miami market, was honored for his outstanding performance over the past 12 months. Calococci joined Beasley in 2006 as operations manager and was named program director in 2007.

T Gentry, program director for Kicks 99 WKXC-FM in Augusta, GA, has been with the station for nearly 13 years. Program director since Beasley Broadcast purchased WKXC in 2001, he is also operations manager for the nine-station Augusta cluster. This award also recognizes his major role in Kicks 99 being named the Country Music Association's Station of the Year for 2008.

John Jaras, general sales manager for Power 96 WPOW-FM, was recognized as Beasley's General Sales Manager of the Year for leading his WPOW sales team to obtain year-over-year revenue increases. Jaras' sales expertise and commitment to the market are further evidenced by the fact that he is a 20-year veteran with Beasley, having come on board as local sales manager for Power 96 in 1988.

The Business Manager of the Year Award honors the individual who demonstrates excellence in all areas of a station's business operations including financial reporting, accounts receivable and payable management, payroll and human resources. As business manager for Beasley's six Fayetteville stations, Pet Money is a three-time winner. Money started her career with Beasley Broadcast in 1983, and was named Business Manager of the Year in 1998, 2005 and now 2008.

The Station of the Year is determined based on the overall strength and success of a station. Power 96 WPOW-FM in Miami was selected this year for its strong growth in ratings and revenue, as well as cash flow performance, excelling under the leadership of Market Manager Joe Bell, General Manager Thomas Manning, and Program Director Tom Calococci.

Radio magazine congratulates these individuals on their recognition. Radio magazine also suggested to Beasley that an Engineer of the Year recognition should be added to the management team recognitions.