Emmis Ups Walsh To COO, Cummings Pres./Programming
December 15, 2008 at 11:09 AM (PT)
In a shuffle of responsibilities at the top of the company, EMMIS COMMUNICATIONS has added the title of Chief Operating Officer to EVP/CFO PATRICK WALSH's responsibilities. The move means WALSH will now oversee all domestic radio for the company. President of Radio RICK CUMMINGS will now serve as President of Programming for EMMIS RADIO.
"Competing in today's radio environment requires fresh perspectives," said Chairman/CEO JEFF SMULYAN. "PAT will bring to our radio division what he's learned about Emmis as CFO, but also his experience as an executive and consultant building growth businesses. Working with RICK CUMMINGS and our managers, I'm confident PAT can provide the leadership necessary for EMMIS to lead radio's rebound."
"I look forward to working with RICK and our talented team to position EMMIS RADIO to be successful," WALSH said. "I firmly believe EMMIS RADIO will be central to radio's successful reinvention. These are challenging times for traditional media, but EMMIS' leading large-market brands matter in the lives of millions of listeners and countless advertisers. I plan to work closely with our teams to find creative ways to develop and monetize our brands in a multiplatform universe."