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B'caster taps three to run regional operations

NEW YORK — Infinity Broadcasting shook up its upper management structure Tuesday, replacing three top executives at the regional level, as recently named prexy and operating chief John Fullham put his stamp on the radio giant’s team.

Ken O’Keefe will be exec vice president of Infinity’s Eastern region, while Brian Ongaro will take the title of senior veepee in the central region, and Clancy Woods will become senior VP of the Western region. Fullham, meanwhile, will retain control over the broadcaster’s key New York and Los Angeles territories.

On the way out are regional execs David Pearlman, Bill Figenshu and Don Bouloukos. Infinity said the trio — all senior VPs — ankled “to pursue other opportunities.”

All three new execs boast formidable radio credentials.

O’Keefe joins Infinity from a stint as prexy-CEO of media investment and consulting firm NewVen Partners. Before that, he was president and CEO of the radio group at No. 1 broadcast group Clear Channel Communications. Exec also logged time at Clear Channel predecessor AMFM, Chancellor Media and Pyramid Communications.

Woods — the only internal promotion — most recently was VP/market manager for Infinity’s Phoenix stations, KOOL, KZON and KMLE. Earlier, he co-founded Radio Marketing Group.

Ongaro took a detour from a two-decade radio career to head the Texas Therapy Centers before joining Infinity. Before that, he served as exec VP/market manager for AMFM, and also worked at Chancellor and Sundance Broadcasting.

Infinity has upended nearly alll of its management structure over the past year, as it and fellow radio congloms have struggled with a stubborn slump in the advertising market. Chief exec John Sykes came on board in March, shifting from fellow Viacom unit VH1, while Fullham signed on in August.

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