veteran exec, Deon Levingston exits SVP post at Emmis New York
6, 2015) Widely-respected urban radio executive, Deon Levingston, has
exited his position as SVP/Market Manager with Emmis Communications New
York. Levingston oversaw operations of 40/Rhythmic WQHT (HOT 97), Urban
AC WBLS, and Gospel WLIB, the three most listened-to stations by the
city's African-American population. No announcement has been made
regarding his replacement.
The departure of Levingston comes as Emmis announces it has laid off 32
people company-wide and has cut the salaries of all senior executives.
The Indiana-based company owns 19 FM stations and four AM stations in
New York, Los Angeles, St Louis and Austin, Texas.
"Radio industry growth has been disappointing in 2015," said Jeff
Smulyan, CEO of Emmis in a statement. "Our markets are down 2.4% through
the first eleven months of 2015. This general decline, coupled with the
competitive situation in Los Angeles, led us to take a series of steps
yesterday, including staff reductions and pay cuts for senior
executives, to restructure our expenses to better align them with the
current operating environment. We remain confident that we have the best
team in media and the solution, in NextRadio, to return the radio
industry to growth."
Levingston's career in broadcasting spans more than two decades. Among
his professional accomplishment was the turn-around of WBLS, twice under
different owners returning the station to the position of number one
urban radio station in the nation.
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