There’s a new boss at CBS Radio. Journal Communications and G.E. vet Andre J. Fernandez has been named president of the Eye’s radio station group. Dan Mason, who has headed the group for the past 15 years, will retire.
Fernandez will oversee the group of 117 stations serving 26 major markets. CBS’ radio stations and its digital offshoots are core to the Eye’s strategy of building local media hubs in markets served by its radio and TV stations. He reports to CBS Corp. CEO Leslie Moonves and is based in New York.
“Andre is a terrific executive who brings a wealth of experience to this role – operations, financial management, programming and digital distribution, among many other attributes,” said Moonves. “He has had great success working in large and mid-sized markets, which has primed him to lead our major market operations. I’m confident Andre’s many qualities will make him a superb manager and help build upon an incredible foundation at CBS Radio.”
Fernandez most recently served as president-COO of station group owner Journal Communications, overseeing its broadcast and publishing operations. Before joining Journal he worked for General Electric in a variety of posts including at Telemundo following NBC’s acquisition of the Spanish-language broadcaster.
Fernandez takes the reins next week. Mason on Monday made an internal announcement of his intention to retire after 17 years with the Eye.
“Dan is a legendary leader in the radio business,” Moonves said. “His passion for the business is well-known, and is a major reason why he’s been able to turn around so many of our major market stations. Above all, he’s been a good friend and a superb colleague.”