Beasley Broadcast says Philadelphia Vice President and Market Manager Natalie Conner has announced her pending retirement. The company is actively pursuing a replacement for Conner, who currently oversees Philadelphia’s WXTU(FM) and WRDW(FM) and will remain with the company in her current role until a new GM is named. She will then serve as a consultant.
Conner joined Beasley Broadcast and entered the Philadelphia market in 1991 as a national sales manager. In the ensuing years, she worked her way up to vice president and general manager of country format WXTU in 2004 and then was again promoted in 2009 to vice president and market manager for the Philadelphia market stations WXTU and WRDW.
Conner’s career began in Little Rock, Ark. She then served as a sales director in Arizona, Texas, Oklahoma and Philadelphia.
Conner currently serves on the board of the Country Music Association and is a past board member of the Country Radio Broadcasters and the Caron Foundation. She has also received Beasley Broadcast’s highest management award, General Manager of the Year, and stations under her control have on numerous occasions been named Beasley’s Radio Station of the Year.
“Beasley is very appreciative of the important role Natalie has played in the growth of these two diverse Philadelphia radio stations. We are grateful for the contributions she has made to our company, our Philadelphia employees, the stations’ loyal listeners and the Delaware Valley,” said Beasley Broadcast Group President Bruce Beasley. “Most importantly, we thank Natalie for her willingness to do whatever was asked of her over the past 23 years with Beasley. She will continue to manage WXTU and Wired 96.5 until a replacement is identified, but we certainly realize that filling her shoes will not be an easy task.”
Beasley Broadcast owns four radio stations in the Philadelphia market: WXTU, WRDW, WWDB(AM) and WTMR(AM). WXTU and WRDW multicast sister stations with HD Radio technology.