Cumulus Names Brian Philips Executive VP, Mike McVay Exits

Brian Philips

Cumulus Media Inc. has appointed Brian Philips as Executive Vice President, Content and Audience, effective May 6, 2019. Philips will report to Mary G. Berner, President and Chief Executive Officer of Cumulus Media. He succeeds Michael McVay, who is returning to full-time consulting, with Cumulus as his first client.

Philips brings to Cumulus Media more than 30 years of leadership and programming experience across a range of media. Philips previously served as President of Viacom/MTV Network’s CMT channel, where he led the music network’s successful forays into long-form script series, tentpole awards shows, concert specials, and feature films. He also developed CMT’s successful national radio network. Under his stewardship, the channel grew from 36 million to a peak of 90 million homes, and set the record for the longest documented ratings growth streak among ad-supported cable networks.

Before his work in television and film production, Philips enjoyed an award-winning radio career, with more than 15 years leading radio programming at a number of major market stations, including Cumulus stations WNNX-FM and WWWQ-FM (Atlanta), and KPLX-FM (Dallas-Ft. Worth).


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