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Cumulus Announces New Local Managers

Longo named ops manager in Lexington and Kenney named market manager in Wilkes-Barre

Anthony “Twitch” Longo

Cumulus Media announced that it appointed Anthony “Twitch” Longo to operations manager for its five-station cluster in Lexington, Ky., and Chris Kenney to vice president/market manager for the five-station cluster in Wilkes-Barre, Pa.

Longo has been with WXZZ(FM) for the past 12 years and has had the positions of morning drive personality and program director. His show is also heard nationwide each morning through Westwood One syndication. According to the announcement, Longo was promoted to WXZZ program director in 2011 and has distinguished himself in the market through ratings success, and a yearly food drive that he organizes that has raised $1 million for Lexington food banks.

Longo previously hosted a syndicated evening show at Dallas rock station KEGL(FM), and then he moved to talk radio in Detroit. His career also includes radio positions in cities including Tampa, Fla., Orlando, Fla., and San Francisco.

Chris Kenney

“What we want in an effective OM is someone who is passionate, energetic, creative and a leader experienced in multiple formats”, said Scott Frazier, general manager for Cumulus Media Lexington. “Anthony ‘Twitch’ Longo embodies all of these qualities in one dynamic package. I am excited to be working with him in this position.”

Longo said, “Getting this vote of confidence from Scott Frazier, Dave Crowl, Troy Hanson, and Mike McVay is truly the highlight of my career.”

In Pennsylvania, Chris Kenney has 15 years of radio experience, according to the announcement, and was previously general sales manager for Cumulus in Harrisburg, Pa., and was sales manager for Cumulus Wilkes-Barre. He also held media sales positions including regional account manager for Comcast Spotlight in Harrisburg, senior account manager for Entercom in Wilkes-Barre, and local sales manager for Nexstar Broadcasting Group’s WBRE(TV).

“We are thrilled to recognize Chris’ talent with this opportunity to lead our terrific Cumulus team in Wilkes-Barre,” said Ron Giovanniello, regional vice president for Cumulus Media Pennsylvania.

Kenney said he was excited to have been offered the opportunity to grow with Cumulus. “I love the direction that the company is going in and I’m grateful to be part of it,” he said.