Cox Media Group has named Cathy Gunther Market VP for Tulsa and Dan Lawrie Market VP for Jacksonville. Gunther will oversee CMG’s TV and radio properties in Tulsa and Lawrie will lead CMG’s TV and radio properties in Jacksonville. CMG has been moving more toward a consolidated leadership structure in markets that include both radio and TV. The company recently named Paul Curran to oversee all of CMG’s Orlando properties.
CMG Executive VP Bill Hendrich said, “Both Dan and Cathy are successful media veterans and proven leaders on the Cox Media Group leadership team. We are fortunate to have great leadership within CMG to promote from within for these two new critical roles as we converge our Jacksonville and Tulsa media markets. They will work with our teams in these markets to take our award-winning brands to new heights.”
Gunther previously was VP/General Manager for Tulsa’s CMG’s FOX23 (KOKI-TV), My41 (KMYT-TV), and MeTV (NOKI-TV) TV stations. For the past year, she has led the Cox Local Solutions efforts in Tulsa, combining TV, radio, and Cox Communications sales teams to create digital marketing solutions for Oklahoma businesses. Her broadcast career includes many years of experience in the sales and business industries, including KTVU-TV in the San Francisco Bay Area and KTVU-TV’s duopoly station, KICU-TV. She also worked for the Cowles California Media group in Santa Barbara in various technology and sales positions.
Lawrie was previously VP/General Manager for CMG’s Tulsa Radio cluster. His career highlights also include being VP and GM for CMG’s San Antonio Radio. Additionally, he previously was VP and GM in Tulsa from 2003 until 2010. Lawrie joined CMG in 1999. “Converging our Jacksonville TV and radio properties under one market leader makes perfect sense and will allow us to collaborate our resources to better serve the Jacksonville community,” said Lawrie. “I’m excited to help lead a team of dedicated TV and radio professionals to a new level of excellence.”