Entercom Chief Operating Officer Weezie Kramer is retiring after nearly 20 years with the company, and over 40 years in radio. Susan Larkin, who is currently running Entercom’s New York market, and overseeing several others, will take over as COO. The changeover takes place May 5.
Once the transition is made, Kramer will join Entercom’s Board of Directors. “I look forward to serving on the board and ensuring that we have a seamless leadership transition while still working on projects that matter to the company and our team. I know that I am leaving the business in great hands with Susan. I am excited to see the next era of innovation, growth, and success as we work towards our mission to build the future of audio.”
A search for a new Market Manager in New York City to replace Larkin is already underway. She says this is an exciting time for Entercom, and for all audio media. “I am thrilled to be part of Entercom’s forward-thinking strategy as we continue to set ourselves apart as the best operator and creator of audio content in the U.S., and realize the value of our engaged impressions with advertisers. Weezie has been an incredible mentor and the best leader I could ask for. I am honored to work with such a strong team and excited about the next phase of Entercom’s continued growth, expansion, and strategic vision.”
CEO David Field said Kramer has been an extraordinary, inspiring leader. “She set an uncompromising standard of excellence for all, both professionally and personally, driving us to be our very best while maintaining the highest ethical standards. She earned the sincere admiration, respect, and affection of the entire Entercom team, and much of the industry, for her spirited leadership and decency, and for being a full-throated, unapologetic champion for radio. She has been an extraordinarily successful COO and we are all immensely grateful to her. While she will be deeply missed as COO, I am thrilled that she will be joining the Entercom board, where we will continue to benefit from her wisdom and guidance for years to come.”
And, he says the company is very fortunate to have someone like Susan Larkin as the next Entercom COO. “Susan has been an unequivocal success at every challenge she has taken on throughout her career as she has risen through the management ranks at ABC-Disney, Cox, and Entercom. She is a natural, energizing, and candid leader with a powerful, competitive fervor and an excellent strategic sensibility. Susan is the perfect champion for the next stage of our journey as we continue to build the future of audio and transform Entercom into one of the country’s strongest media and entertainment organizations.”
Weezie Kramer was the first woman to serve as chairperson of the Radio Advertising Bureau and also the first woman to receive Radio Ink‘s Radio Wayne award for Sales Manager of the Year Award. Kramer has been honored with the Mentoring & Inspiring Women in Radio Group’s Trailblazer Award and the Rockwell Award from The Conclave Learning Conference. In 2019, she received the Gracies Leadership Award presented by the Alliance for Women in Media, an honor recognizing the accomplishments of women who pave the way as change-agents and ceiling-breakers across the industry. Most recently, in 2020, she received the Leadership Award from the Broadcasters Foundation of America in recognition of her many contributions to the broadcast industry and the community at large.
Susan Larkin has 25 years in the radio business so far. She joined Entercom in 2017 as Regional President overseeing San Francisco and Sacramento. She was later tapped as Market Manager for New York in 2018, overseeing WFAN (WFAN-AM/FM), 1010 WINS (WINS-AM), WCBS 880 (WCBS-AM), NEW 102.7 FM (WNEW-FM), WCBS-FM 101.1 (WCBS-FM), ALT 92.3 (WNYL-FM), and New York’s Country 94.7 (WNSH-FM).
Prior to joining Entercom in 2017, she served as Regional Vice President at Cox Media Group. Previous roles have included Vice President and General Manager at Cox Media Group in Orlando and General Sales Manager for ABC-Disney Radio in Minneapolis. Larkin currently serves as Chairman of the Board of the Radio Advertising Bureau and is a Board Director for New York Market Radio. She has previously served as Radio Vice Chair for the Florida Association of Broadcasters and Board Director for the Ronald McDonald House Charities, and served as President of American Women in Radio & Television in the Tampa, Columbus, and Minneapolis chapters. Larkin has been on Radio Ink’s Most Influential Women in Radio and a Top Managers lists many times throughout her career.