Townsquare Media has announced that legendary local Louisiana radio executive Mike Grimsley will retire at the end of the month after serving as Market President and Chief Revenue Officer for Townsquare’s radio stations in Lafayette for 25 years. Grimsley began his radio career when he was 18 years old and also worked in Phoenix and Charleston.
Grimsley was Townsquare ‘s Regional VP overseeing two Louisiana markets. Grimsley had been the Chairman of the Board of the Louisiana Association of Broadcasters and won their Broadcaster of the Year Award in 2009.
Townsquare COO Erik Hellum said Mike Grimsley broke the mold. “He has uniquely combined leadership, passion and drive with the sincerest care for his people and dedication to his community – all with a great sense of humor on top. Mike is one of the original Townsquare leaders, and helped build our company with a steadfast commitment to great local radio while building a vibrant digital and event business. He is a broadcast legend. Thank you Mike!”
Brad Burley, currently the Market President and Chief Revenue Officer for Townsquare’s Lake Charles, LA cluster of stations, has been promoted and will transfer to Lafayette to succeed Grimsley as the Market President and CRO for the Lafayette stations. He will report to Townsquare Senior Vice President Todd Lawley.
Darren Ryder has joined Townsquare to take Burley’s position as Market President and Chief Revenue Officer in Lake Charles. Prior to joining Townsquare, Ryder was the National Sales Director for Valassis and held senior management positions with Spectrum Reach and Salem Communications.