Greater Media announces promotion

Greater Media has announced that market manager Rob Williams has been promoted to vice president of the company’s Boston-based radio properties, including Hot 96.9/WBQT-FM, Country 102.5/ WKLB-FM, Radio 92.9/WBOS-FM, Magic 106.7/WMJX-FM and 105.7 WROR-FM.

“Rob has done an outstanding job since he joined Greater Media Boston in taking the cluster to the next level,” said Peter H. Smyth, chairman and CEO of Greater Media Inc. “He is a brilliant strategist and respected leader. We are very proud to have him in our family.”

Williams, who joined Greater Media Boston as the market manager in January 2012, is a veteran radio professional who has led some of the industry’s most successful radio stations over his career. Prior to joining the company, he served as CEO of Digital Brand Connections LLC, a company that he cofounded.

Prior to that, Williams was a longtime executive with Clear Channel Radio, where he led the company’s largest region by revenue (29 markets including major markets New York City, Philadelphia and Boston), and later served as president and market manager for Clear Channel’s industry-leading New York City stations, among them the legendary FM radio station Z100 and the perennial highestbilling radio station in the United States, WLTW. He left Clear Channel Radio following that company’s sale in 2008 and became CEO of Internet radio startup Goom Radio, a service he launched in the United States in 2009.

Williams joined Clear Channel Radio with its acquisition of AMFM Inc. in 2000 and was promoted to Clear Channel’s senior management team in 2001 following his success as market manager of Clear Channel’s Philadelphia cluster. He was named Clear Channel Communications Executive of the Year in 2001.

Williams began his career as an account executive and advanced through a variety of radio sales and management positions in markets including Buffalo, N.Y.; Charleston, S.C.; Hartford-New Haven, Conn.; Philadelphia, Pa.; and New York.

The radio veteran grew up in the industry. His late father, Bob Williams, was a respected broadcaster who owned several radio stations. Williams started his own radio career after graduating with honors from Tulane University.

Greater Media Inc. is the parent company of 21 AM and FM radio stations in the Boston, Charlotte, Detroit, New Jersey and Philadelphia markets. It also owns a group of weekly newspapers in central New Jersey, as well as several telecommunications towers located throughout the United States.