Magazine article St. Louis Journalism Review

Is KMOX for Sale?

Magazine article St. Louis Journalism Review

Is KMOX for Sale?

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When Dave Ervin left his job as KMOX general manager recently he closed the door on three years' work at the station. He also caused CBS Radio to revamp its management structure in St. Louis. This all happened amid growing speculation that the CBS-owned radio station is about to be sold or traded.

The company's executive vice president of operations, Scott Herman, issued a memo which said, in part:

"With Dave's resignation, I have decided to implement the structure in St. Louis that we have successfully rolled out throughout our company and therefore I am pleased to announce that John Sheehan has been named SVP/Market Manager for CBS Radio in St. Louis.

"John will now have overall responsibility for all three of our St. Louis properties (KMOX, KEZK and KYKY). John has done a terrific job as our DOS (director of sales) unifying our stations' sales efforts resulting in the cluster outpacing the market."

When reached by SJR for a comment or statement on his departure, Ervin's e-mailed response was, "I wish my friends at CBS radio the very best. They are great people and they are in good hands with John Sheehan at the helm. I will announce my new plans when the time is fight. Meanwhile, thank you to all the folks who have sent me good wishes."

What does his departure mean for listeners? Steve Moore, the station's director of programming and operations, told SJR, "I don't think the listeners will know the difference. It's business as usual."

But questions remain about Ervin's reason for leaving. …

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