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Cumulus Media Promotes Brian Philips to Chief Content Officer

Philips has served as executive vp of content and audience since 2019.

Broadcasting giant Cumulus Media has promoted Brian Philips to chief content officer, the company announced today (May 2). In the new role, Philips will be responsible for content across all Cumulus platforms, reporting to Mary G. Berner, Cumulus Media president/CEO. Philips joined Cumulus Media in 2019, serving as executive vp of content and audience.

“Brian Philips is an exceptional executive and the perfect choice to lead our programming efforts as we continue to execute our audio-first strategy, which is transforming the company from a traditional radio broadcaster into a multi-dimensional audio media company,” said Berner in a statement. “This promotion reflects Brian’s tremendous contributions, and I have full confidence in his creative vision, operational expertise, and savvy leadership to guide us through this critical evolution.”

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The move comes as a consortium of investors led by veteran radio industry executive Jeff Warshaw has made an unsolicited $1.2 billion bid to buy Cumulus Media, which owns and operates 406 radio stations, the Westwood One syndication operation and a digital radio platform.

Prior to joining Cumulus Media, Philips spent more than 30 years in television, film, and radio creation. For more than 15 years, Philips led radio programming at major market radio stations including Cumulus stations WNNX-FM and WWWQ-FM in Atlanta, as well as KPLX-FM in Dallas-Fort Worth.

Philips also previously served as president of Viacom/MTV Networks (now called Paramount) channel CMT, leading the music network’s foray into long-form script series, concert special and feature films. After joining CMT in 2001, he also developed CMT’s national radio network, and saw the network grow from 36 million to a peak of 90 million homes. In 2016, he received the Frances Preston Outstanding Music Industry Achievement Award from the T.J. Martell Foundation.