Former B96 exec takes job at classic hits station
Former Audacy exec Todd Cavanah has returned to Chicago radio as new PD of Cumulus’ WLS-FM, taking over the classic hits station effective immediately. Cavanah is a longtime fixture on the Chicago radio scene, spending 33 years at Audacy and its predcessor companies, CBS Radio and Infinity Broadcasting. He departed Audacy on April 4 of this year after serving as Vice-President of Programming for Audacy overseeing five radio stations including WBBM-FM, where he was a radio personality then segued into program director at the contemporary hit radio station. His management roles expanded after Viacom/CBS merged with Infinity Broadcasting, adding roles overseeing other stations in the cluster.
“Having an experienced and talented Program Director like Todd Cavanah join 94.7 WLS-FM and the Cumulus Chicago team is a perfect fit”, said Cumulus Chicago Vice-President and Market Manager Marv Nyren, whom Cavanah will report to. “Todd’s track record of success in Chicago is second to none and his presence is already being felt in the hallways. Todd’s impact with our amazing on-air talent and entire station positions us for success for years to come.”
“It is an honor to program the legendary WLS-FM in the city that I have called home since 1987″, said Cavanah in the same statement. “When I first spoke to Marv Nyren and Brian Phillips about this job, I knew Cumulus and 94.7 were a perfect fit for me. Their support for this amazing brand is refreshing and I look forward to elevating WLS-FM and taking these call letters to the top of the ratings.”
In the most recent radio ratings period, WLS-FM tied for eighth place with Nexstar’s news/talk station WGN-AM.