Cox Media Group (“CMG”) today announced that programming veteran Elroy Smith has been named Director of Branding & Programming for Star 94.5 in Orlando, and Power 106.1 and Hot 99.5 in Jacksonville. Smith will oversee day-to-day programming for the three brands along with the development and execution of marketing, promotions, events, and sales campaigns.

Smith brings more than 30 years of distinguished experience in strategic planning, operations, and programmatic creativity in major radio markets including Chicago, Philadelphia and most recently San Francisco. In his new role, he will be reporting to Steve Stewart and Jules Riley, Director of Operations in Orlando and Jacksonville, respectively. “I am overwhelmed with joy and excitement to be joining Cox Media Group,” said Smith. “I’ve always wanted to be a part of this winning and revered media company that puts its employees first. I look forward to working with Steve and Jules, along with Jason Meder, Vice President/General Manager in Orlando and Katie Reid, Vice President/General Manager in Jacksonville, and their teams. Their warm welcome has already made me feel at home.”

Stewart added, “I am extremely excited to work with Elroy and watch him bring his wealth of experience to our teams. His reputation in the Urban programming space is second to none. He is the perfect fit for our stations and is going to elevate everything we do!”

Riley noted “Elroy is an excellent addition to the Jacksonville and Orlando teams. He’s a gifted programmer and a seasoned talent coach. We look forward to him growing these three CMG brands.”

Chris Eagan, CMG’s VP of Audience and Operations said, “Elroy’s track record of success speaks for itself. We are excited about bringing another excellent programming mind into the Cox Media Group family.”

The Urban Buzz reached out to our friend and colleage Elroy Smith for a comment and he shared, “Cox Media Group should get a award on how warm and caring they are to their people. I cannot say enough about how great of an operation that they are. It is humbling to be able to work for this company.” Thanks E and congratulations!