In Addition, Ryan Will Serve As Program Director, Fresh 102.7 New York And Fresh 105.9 Chicago
Legendary programmer Jim Ryan has been named Vice President, Adult Contemporary Programming for CBS RADIO with responsibility for the format’s 14 stations, in addition to serving as Program Director for Fresh 102.7 in New York and Fresh 105.9 in Chicago . The appointment is effective immediately.
In his new role, Ryan will oversee the programming efforts of the Company’s vast portfolio of Adult Contemporary stations throughout the country with an immediate focus on the Fresh brand in New York and Chicago . The distinguished radio veteran will be responsible for increasing brand awareness and gaining listenership and ratings for CBS RADIO’s AC formatted stations including “Lite” in Dallas, Baltimore, Minnesota and Hartford; “Fresh” in New York, Chicago and Washington, D.C.; Soft Rock stations in San Diego, St. Louis, Cleveland , Sacramento and Palm Springs; as well as stations in West Palm Beach and Charlotte.
Said Greg Strassell, CBS RADIO’s Senior Vice President of Programming, “Throughout his illustrious career, Jim has been a force to be reckoned with in the Adult Contemporary community, having programmed some of the top stations in the country. CBS RADIO has been aggressive in expand ing its AC offerings and targeting the female demographic and we have no doubt Jim has the passion and know-how to help us further achieve our goal.”
Of his appointment Ryan said, “CBS RADIO is known for being a destination where the industry’s strongest programmers grow and thrive. It is with great anticipation that I become a member of this elite team, and I am truly honored to be working with such leaders in the industry. I look forward to raising the profile of CBS RADIO’s already distinguished AC stations, and working with the Company’s immensely talented programming teams to reinforce and grow these notable assets.
Ryan was most recently 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 iHeartmedia (formerly 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.