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Beasley Broadcast Group Names New Leaders

St. Petersburg and Augusta markets get new managers

Kent Dunn

Beasley Broadcast Group Inc., has announced recent personnel changes as part of its transition into the Tampa-St. Petersburg, Fla., market.

Kent Dunn has been named vice president and market manager and Tee Gentry has been named operations manager for the company’s cluster of six stations in Tampa-St. Petersburg, Fla., radio market that includes: WLLD(FM); WQYK(FM); WRBQ(FM); WYUU(FM); and WHFS(FM/AM). Also, Beasley Broadcast Augusta has promoted Chris O’Kelley to operations manager.

Most recently, Dunn served as vice president and market manager of Beasley’s cluster of radio stations in Augusta, Ga. He joined Beasley in 1991 and has worked specifically in the Augusta market as general manager and/or market manager since 1993.

Gentry previously served as operations manager for the Beasley Broadcast Augusta cluster, as well as program director for WKXC(FM). He had a19-year tenure in the market, 14 of those years with Beasley. In 2007, under his leadership WKXC won a Country Music Association award for Small Market Station of the Year.

Tee Gentry

O’Kelley will oversee the cluster consisting of WKXC(FM); WGAC(AM/FM); WHHD(FM); WDRR(FM); WCHZ(AM/FM); WGUS(FM); and WRDW(AM). He replaces Gentry, and he now reports to VP/Market Manager Mark Haddon.

Most recently, O’Kelley served as both music director and assistant program director for WKXC, positions he has held since joining Beasley Broadcast Augusta in 2004. As the newly named operations manager, he oversees all programming aspects for each of the radio stations in the cluster.

Chris O’Kelley

O’Kelley earned his first program director position in 1994 and subsequently worked at a variety of country-formatted radio stations in Fort Myers, Fla., Ocean City, Md., and Lynchburg, Va. His only non-programming experience was a brief stint as promotions director of Beasley Broadcast’s WKIS(FM) in Miami. His interest began while in high school at WSNW(AM) and WBFM(FM) in the Greenville/Spartanburg, S.C., market.

Founded in 1961, Beasley Broadcast Group Inc., owns and operates 28 FM and 16 AM stations located in eleven U.S. markets. The company also operates one station in the expanded AM band in Augusta, Ga.