John Dimick Now Lincoln Financial VP/Prog.; Ebro Becomes Hot 97 PD
February 6, 2007 at 11:53 AM (PT)
EMMIS Top 40/Rhythmic WQHT (HOT 97)/NEW YORK PD JOHN DIMICK has resigned and accepted the newly created VP/Programming & Operations post in LINCOLN FINANCIAL MEDIA's Radio Division. The appointment marks a return to the company for DIMICK, who was OM of the SAN DIEGO cluster from 1998-2004 under JEFFERSON-PILOT. He begins his new duties in MARCH.
DIMICK will relocate to ATLANTA, where he will work with Top 40 WSTR (STAR 94) and Sports WQXI-A. He will also oversee AC WLYF, Oldies WMXJ and Sports WAXY-A in MIAMI; Alternative KBZT, Smooth Jazz KIFM, and Country KSON in SAN DIEGO; Smooth Jazz KJCD, Top 40/Rhythmic KQKS, Country KYGO, Sports KEPN-A and Sports KKFN-A in DENVER; and Hot AC/Talk WLNK and N/T WBT-A in CHARLOTTE.
...Ebro has been fundamental to the success of Hot 97, and he has earned this opportunity to lead the station to new heights.
"We are very pleased to have JOHN back with the company," said LFM Radio Division Pres. DON BENSON, to whom DIMICK reports. "With his previous experience with us, he brings a knowledge of our people and proprieties, and he’ll offer a fresh perspective as well. I feel that JOHN will be a great resource for our radio group."
DIMICK said, "It's an honor to join LINCOLN FINANCIAL MEDIA. I feel privileged to learn from and work with DON BENSON again. I also look forward to working with the exceptional program directors and product teams in our markets."
Ebro Takes Hot 97 Helm
Back at HOT 97, longtime APD/MD IBRAHIM "EBRO" DARDEN has been named PD and will take over in MARCH. EBRO joined the station as APD/MD in 2003 after previous radio experience in SACRAMENTO and PORTLAND. He also serves as host of MTV2's "Sucker Free" countdown.
Said EMMIS/NEW YORK Sr. VP/Market Manager DAN HALYBURTON, "In his four years here EBRO has been fundamental to the success of HOT 97, and he has earned this opportunity to lead the station to new heights. EBRO's knowledge, commitment and passion make him the perfect choice to lead HOT 97 to an exciting future."
Of DIMICK's resignation, HALYBURTON said, "JOHN will be missed. He led our station to great success and through adversity."
EMMIS VP/Programming JIMMY STEAL tells ALL ACCESS, "I'm so pleased we had the opportunity to interrupt JOHN's long illustrious JEFFERSON PILOT/LINCOLN FINANCIAL career with a short stint at the helm of our legendary HOT 97 NY brand! JOHN will absolutely do an outstanding job in his new role as LINCOLN FINANCIAL's VP/Programming. I'm equally excited about EBRO's move to HOT 97's PD slot. EBRO will make many outstanding contributions to our iconic brand in his new role. Anyone who knows EBRO knows he gets it! Sincere congrats to them both."