Mark Thomas has been named the new market manager for Townsquare Media's West Michigan operation that owns radio stations WLHT-FM (95.7), WGRD-FM (97.9), WTRV-FM (100.5), WFGR- FM (98.7) and WNWZ-AM (1410).
Thomas replaces former general manager Phil Catlett, whose position was vacated at the end of July.
"It's great to be home in Michigan," said Thomas, who worked as a sales manager from 1981-1985 at WGRD.
Thomas moved here a month ago after serving as regional vice president and market manager for seven different radio stations in Kentucky and Indiana.
He plans to get acquainted with the market and decide if there are moves to make.
"Right now I will evaluate where we are and our positions in the marketplace," said Thomas, who has two children and is a graduate of Central Michigan University. (I have) no definitive plans yet. I will be growing our business."
He made one of his first moves this week, making WLHT-FM afternoon on-air personality and programmer Jerry Noble the station's new program director. He takes over for Jerry "JT" Tarrants, who will remain with Townsquare as program director for rock station WGRD classic hits station WFGR, and Spanish station WNWZ.
"He is a super skilled programmer," said Tarrants, who is operations manager for all Townsquare stations in the market, and a consultant to others around the country. "With projects outside of GR requiring my time and the weight of WGRD, it makes sense that Jerry put his expertise and skills to work at WLHT-FM as the new program director."
Noble was hired last year to program WRTV for the departing Bill Bailey, who is now on the air at "real oldies" station WGVU-AM (1480) with former WFGR programmer Len O'Kelly. (Bailey is on the air weekdays from 6-9 a.m. and O'Kelly from 2-6 p.m.)... Changes continue for radio station owner Townsquare Media, formerly Regent Broadcasting (Fri, 9/3)