Cumulus Media has made a number of appointments across its regions, including a trio of program directors. Lee Hammer has been named PD for San Francisco talkers KGO(AM) and KSFO(AM), and Robyn Simone was tapped as program director for Columbia, S.C.’s WLXC(FM). The broadcaster also extended the contract of Charlie Cook, who serves as vice president of country formats, Nashville operations manager and WSM(FM) program director in Nashville. Additionally, Kimberly Parker was named general sales manager for WIVK(FM) in Knoxville, Tenn.
Most recently, Hammer was upped to operations manager for Cumulus San Francisco and named vice president of play-by-play programming for KNBR. In his new role, he adds a programming role for KGO and KSFO, taking over for Jack Swanson, who is transitioning to a consultant role. Hammer previously served as interim PD for KGO and KSFO in 2015 while also working in that role for KNBR(AM) and KNBR(AM).
With this extension Cook will oversee programming for the cluster’s radio stations, including WKDF(FM), WWTN(FM), WGFX(FM) and WQQK(FM). He is also credited with launching the Nash FM and Nash Icon country brands since he joined the company five years prior, according to Cumulus Nashville Vice President/Market Manager Allison Warren.
Simone’s new gig is effective Dec. 10. Her career has included a decade at Radio One (formerly Urban One) working as assistant program director and talent in Detroit and Cleveland and other markets. Cumulus Columbia Vice President/Market Manager Rick Prusator also noted her ties to the Columbia market in the announcement.
Parker was previously VP of advertising for the Las Vegas Media Group, but is a native of Knoxville and described his return as a homecoming in the press release.
Cumulus Media combines local programming with nationally syndicated brands through its 441 owned-and-operated stations, approximately 8,000 broadcast radio stations affiliated with its Westwood One network and digital channels.