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Cox EVP Bob Neil to Retire

Signs consultancy deal with CMG

Cox Media Group Executive Vice President Bob Neil will retire on May 31.

He’s been with the company for 25 years, starting as station manager of Atlanta’s WSB(AM/FM) in 1986.

The company said Neil has signed a multi-year deal to consult with CMG and that a replacement would be named in the coming weeks.

Neil was instrumental in the creation of CMG when Cox Enterprises integrated its direct marketing, newspaper, radio and TV businesses in 2009, according to the company.

From 1992 to 1996 he was executive vice president-radio of Cox Broadcasting. He was named president and chief executive officer of Cox Radio Inc. in 1996, when it became a public company, and served until 2009, when he began serving in his current position as executive vice president of CMG. In that position, Neil has overseen various radio, television, newspaper, digital and research operations within CMG.

Neil stated: “Being part of the CMG start-up has been a once in a lifetime experience.”

Before joining Cox, Neil held various programming and programming management positions with the former NewCity Broadcasting Company (formerly The Katz Radio Station Group), in addition to WSYR(AM) and WYYY(FM), Syracuse, N.Y. and WFLA(AM/FM), Tampa, Fla.