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John Mathews Departs Radio One

Engineer was with the company 11 years

John Mathews is leaving Radio One after 11 years. He is the broadcast group’s vice president of engineering.

“Basically I have decided to move on to pursue new technology initiatives and focus on bringing our industry into its next evolutionary stage,” he told Radio World. “I had a wonderful 11 years at Radio One and I hope to continue working with them. I consider them my family.”

Mathews said he will consult to the company through November to help wrap up some key projects.

The company did not return a phone call and emails asking for comment on his departure and who will succeed him.

Prior to Radio One, Mathews worked for Cox in Birmingham and Timm Enterprises in Florida in several markets.

Asked what he is most proud of from his tenure at Radio One, Mathews replied: “It is a long list of tangible accomplishments, but the thing about which I am most proud was growing a strong group of engineers to function as a great team to manage all of the requirements and growth needed for a major broadcasting group, and to do all of this very cost effectively. I have grown a great deal as a manager and a professional and a person since I began at Radio One 11 years ago.”

Radio One has approximately 53 stations, and has interests in other companies including Reach Media, owner of the “Tom Joyner Morning Show.” The company plans to move its headquarters to Silver Spring, Md., from nearby Prince George’s County. An earlier plan to move into the District of Columbia was scrapped.

Radio One’s Mathews Talks HD-R AM (2006)