George G. Beasley: Chairman
With BBGI Since: 1961
George G. Beasley founded Beasley Broadcast Group, Inc. in 1961 and serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors. Mr. Beasley also served from 1961 until March 18, 2016 as Chief Executive Officer of the Company. Throughout his 56-year radio broadcasting career, Mr. Beasley has received numerous broadcast industry distinctions as well as recognition from various civic and charitable organizations.
Most notably, the Library of American Broadcasting honored him as a “Giant of Broadcasting” in 2012 and the Florida Association of Broadcasters named him “Broadcaster of the Year” in 2011. In addition, the Country Radio Broadcasters awarded Mr. Beasley the “Tom Rivers Humanitarian Award” in 2010 and the Nevada Broadcasters Association inducted Mr. Beasley into their Hall of Fame in 2008.
Mr. Beasley has consistently been acknowledged by Radio Ink magazine in their annual “40 Most Powerful People in Radio” issue and the Broadcasters’ Foundation has bestowed upon Mr. Beasley their prestigious Broadcast Pioneer Award.
The radio veteran began his career in North Carolina. He served on the board of the North Carolina Association of Broadcasters (NCAB) for eight years as President, Vice President and as a member of the Board of Directors. Mr. Beasley was honored with the NCAB’s Association’s Distinguished Service Award in 1996 and was inducted into NCAB’s Hall of Fame in 1998 upon receiving the prestigious “Distinguished Broadcaster of North Carolina” Award.
He earned a B.A. and M.A. from Appalachian State University and was recognized in 1990 as one of the institution’s Distinguished Alumni. He has served as Chairman of the Appalachian State University Foundation Board of Directors and as a member of the Appalachian State University Board of Trustees.
Mr. Beasley is most proud of the George G. Beasley Media Complex, which stands as a promise that future generations of ASU students will also have the opportunity to pursue their entrepreneurial dreams in broadcasting.
Chief Executive Officer
Beasley Media Group
Caroline Beasley was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Beasley Broadcast Group, Inc. on January 1, 2017, previously serving as interim Chief Executive Officer from March 18, 2016 until December 31st, 2016 and as Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer and Secretary beginning in 1994. She has served as a Director of Beasley Broadcast Group, Inc. since she joined the Company in 1983.
Ms. Beasley currently serves as the Joint Board Chair of the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Board of Directors and is a past Chairman of the NAB Radio Board. In addition, she is a member of the BMI Board of Directors and the Broadcasters Foundation of America Board of Directors.
In 2017, Ms. Beasley was honored by Radio Ink magazine as “Radio Executive of the Year”. Ms. Beasley was named one of the “40 Most Powerful People in Radio” in 2011, 2012, 2016 2017 and 2018. In addition, she has been recognized in the magazine’s “Most Influential Women in Radio” listing on an annual basis since 2003.
Ms. Beasley received the 2016 “Distinguished Service Award” from the North Carolina Association of Broadcasters and was the 2012 recipient of the “Frances Preston Trailblazer Award” from the Mentoring and Inspiring Women in Radio Group (MIW), a national organization dedicated to promoting the advancement of women to senior positions in the radio industry.
She is a member of the Board of Visitors at her alma mater, the University of North Carolina, where Ms. Beasley earned a B.S. degree.
Bruce G. Beasley has served as Beasley Broadcast Group, Inc.’s President since 1997 and as a Director since 1980. He began his career in the broadcasting industry with the Company in 1975 and since that time has served in various capacities, including General Sales Manager, General Manager of a major market radio station and as Vice President of Operations.
He serves on the Board of Directors of the Radio Advertising Bureau.
He earned a B.S. degree from East Carolina University.
Brian E. Beasley: Executive Vice President/Chief Operating Officer
With BBGI Since: 1977
Brian Beasley was appointed Beasley Broadcast Group, Inc.’s Chief Operating Officer on January 1, 2017. He previously served as Vice President of Operations from 1997 until December 31, 2016. Mr. Beasley has served as a Director of Beasley Broadcast Group, Inc. since 1982. He brings 40 years of media experience to this position.
Mr. Beasley serves on the Board of Directors of the Radio Advertising Bureau and is a past member of the North Carolina Association of Broadcasters Board of Directors.
He earned a B.S. degree from East Carolina University.
Marie Tedesco: Chief Financial Officer
With BBGI Since: 1991
Marie Tedesco was appointed as Chief Financial Officer of Beasley Broadcast Group, Inc. on January 1, 2017, previously serving as Vice President of Finance since 1996. She began her employment with the Company in 1991 as Corporate Controller.
Ms. Tedesco is a native of Sweden, where she attended Olympia College. After graduating from UCLA with a B.S. degree in finance, she started her radio career in Los Angeles. From 1984 through 1987, she worked in the accounting department of Radio & Records, Inc. Beginning in 1988, she moved to New York, where she was employed in the accounting department of Westwood One. In 1989, while still employed by Westwood One, she moved back to Los Angeles where she assisted in launching their Pirate Radio station, KQLZ.
Ms. Tedesco currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the Media Finance Management (MFM) Association.
Joyce Fitch, Esq: Executive Vice President/General Counsel
With BBGI Since: 2003
Joyce Fitch has served as General Counsel for Beasley Broadcast Group, Inc. since 2003 and as Secretary since January 1, 2017. She brings over thirty years of legal experience to the Company, having begun her legal career as a trial attorney with the law firm of Whiteford, Taylor & Preston in Baltimore and later served as General Counsel for Magellan Behavioral Health, Inc. and iSky, Inc. Prior to joining Beasley, she was Assistant General Counsel to Rotech Healthcare, Inc. Ms. Fitch graduated with honors from the University of Maryland School of Law. Although only licensed as an attorney in Maryland, she is certified as authorized house counsel in Florida.
Ms. Fitch is currently a member of Board of Directors of the Alliance for Women in Media (AWM) and the Radio Music License Committee. Additionally, she serves on the Board of Managers of the Broadcaster Traffic Consortium. Ms. Fitch has been a member of the Board of Directors for Youth Haven, a Naples, FL facility providing shelter and counseling to abused and neglected children. She has also served on the Board of Directors for the Shelter for Abused Women and Children in Naples, FL.
Michael Cooney: Chief Technology Officer/ Vice President of Engineering
With BBGI Since: 2007
Mike Cooney is responsible for the general supervision and oversight of all engineering and technology matters for Beasley’s portfolio of 64 radio stations. Additionally, he is integrally involved with management of the capital budgets and also the Company’s HD Radio initiative. Mr. Cooney is Chairman of the National Association of Broadcasters Radio Technical Committee, 2016 Radio World Excellence in Engineering Award recipient, a member of the NAB Automotive Digital Dashboard “DASH” Committee, a member of the Technical Committee for the Broadcast Traffic Consortium (BTC) and a former radio representative for the NAB FastRoads Committee. He has participated on the Broadcast Engineering Conference Committee and has presented at multiple NAB conferences.
Mike is a Certified Engineer for the Society of Broadcast Engineers (CBRE), FCC First Class license holder and certified electronic technician. He has been in corporate engineering management for over thirty years.
Lori Burgess: Chief Digital Content Officer
With BBGI since January 2019
Lori Burgess was named Chief Digital Content Officer at Beasley Media Group in January 2019. She is responsible for designing and overseeing the digital content strategy on behalf of the company.
Ms. Burgess, who previously served as the company’s integrated marketing strategy consultant, is an authority in content and advertising alignment, with a focus on building revenue through creative multi-platform marketing and new media solutions. Her portfolio includes more than two decades in the publishing industry, providing generation of profit and growth for iconic brands such as The Hollywood Reporter, Prevention Magazine, Conde Nast’s Mademoiselle and House & Garden; Elle Magazine; Seventeen Magazine, and Niche Media.
The media veteran’s national awards span 20 years, however, her notable honors in 2016 include: Pixel Award Finalist R3 Summit.com Best Event/ Conference Website; MIN Best of the Web Finalist for R3 Summit.com, Best Custom Website.
Justin Chase: Executive Vice President of Programming
With BBGI Since: 2009
Justin Chase has been Executive Vice President of Programming for Beasley Broadcast Group, Inc. since 2016, previously serving as its Vice President of Programming beginning in 2013. He is responsible for overseeing all aspects of programming on behalf of the Company’s portfolio of radio stations.
Prior to Mr. Chase’s position as Vice President of Programming, beginning in 2009, he was Operations Manager for the Company’s four music stations in Las Vegas, including KCYE-FM, KKLZ-FM, KOAS-FM and KVGS-FM.
Mr. Chase is a past recipient of the Company’s “Program Director of the Year” award and has been twice named one of the “Best Programmers in Radio” by Radio Ink magazine.
In addition, the radio veteran was named “Program Director of the Year” by Friday Morning Quarterback (FMQB) and inducted into the industry trade publication’s Hall of Fame.
Under Mr. Chase’s leadership, the Company’s radio stations have been named Marconi Award finalists, awarded “Hot AC Station of the Year” by Radio & Records magazine and earned “Most Intriguing Station of the Year” by Edison Media.
Mr. Chase also serves in leadership roles within numerous industry organizations. He is currently a member of the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Radio Board of Directors and the Media Ratings Council’s (MRC) Board of Directors. In addition, he serves as a member of the Nielsen Advisory Council and has previously participated in special projects with The Council for Research Excellence (CRE).
Buzz Knight: Executive Vice President of Strategy and Innovation
With BBGI Since: 2016
Buzz Knight was named Beasley Media Group’s Executive Vice President of Strategy and Innovation in September of 2018. He most recently served as vice president of programming.
Mr. Knight previously spent 14 years at Greater Media, Inc., where he was responsible for overseeing content and brand strategies as senior vice president of the company.
In addition, the radio veteran worked as program director at several stations, including CBS Radio Boston’s WZLX-FM, Saga Communications Norfolk’s WNOR- FM and Great American Columbus’ WLVQ-FM. In addition, he was a member of the on-air talent team at WNEW-FM in New York City.
Mr. Knight began his broadcasting career at WRKI-FM in Fairfield County, Connecticut after graduating from the University of Dayton.
He currently serves on several industry audience measurement advisory boards, including: The Nielsen Audio Advisory Council, The National Radio Hall of Fame Nominating Committee, The National Association of Broadcasting Committee on Local Audience Radio Audience Measurement (COLRAM) and The Council for Research Excellence (CRE), where Mr. Knight oversees the Audio Committee.
Steve Meyers: Executive Vice President of Digital
With BBGI Since: 2016
Steve Meyers was named the Company’s Executive Vice President of Digital in 2017. He is responsible for overseeing Beasley Broadcast Group, Inc.’s corporate digital teams.
Mr. Meyers joined the Company as the Director of Digital Operations in November of 2016. He previously led the digital division of Greater Media, Inc. as its Director of Digital Operations, where he was responsible for developing digital platforms, as well as providing new opportunities for the company’s commercial partners.
Bob McCurdy: Vice President of Corporate Sales
With BBGI Since: 2017
Bob McCurdy started his professional career selling Radio locally in Richmond, Virginia before moving on sales and management in Indianapolis, Indiana. He eventually joined Katz Radio, where he held sales and management positions in Chicago, Minneapolis, and New York. Mr. McCurdy was named President of the company in 1990. The radio veteran went on to become President of Sentry Radio under the Katz Radio Group umbrella, before being named Regional President for Clear Channel Radio Sales upon Clear Channel’s purchase of the Katz Media Group. In 2009, he became the President of Katz Marketing Solutions, a division of the Katz Radio Group.
Mr. McCurdy served as a consultant for Beasley Media Group and Alpha Broadcasting From 2014-2016, before being named Vice President of Sales for the Beasley Media Group in 2017. Over the past three decades, the radio veteran has trained hundreds of salespeople and is regarded as a key voice on behalf of the Radio industry with both advertisers and agencies.
Shaun Greening, a native of New Zealand, serves as Vice President of Financial Reporting for the Company. He joined Beasley Broadcast Group, Inc. in February of 2000 as the Company completed its initial public offering. Mr. Greening previously served as an Audit Manager for KPMG in Tampa, FL. He is a graduate of Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand with a Bachelor of Commerce and Administration.
Mr. Greening holds a CPA license from the state of Florida. In the local Naples community, he helps manage the Optimist Club of Naples Soccer Program and volunteers in middle and high school classrooms on behalf of Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida. Additionally, Mr. Greening served on the Finance Council of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church.
Heidi Raphael: Chief Communications Officer
With BBGI Since: 2017
Heidi Raphael serves as the Company’s Chief Communications Officer. In her role, she is responsible for providing leadership in overseeing all aspects of communications, branding and marketing on behalf of the Company.
Ms. Raphael has been recognized among the “Most Influential Women in Radio” by Radio Ink magazine, a leading national industry publication, on an annual basis since 2006.
She previously served as Senior Vice President of Corporate Communications at Greater Media, Inc.
Ms. Raphael currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the Library of American Broadcasting, the Broadcast Education Association and the Florida Association of Broadcasters.
The radio veteran is a past elected member of the Board of Directors of the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) and the Alliance for Women in Media (AWM). Additionally, she is a former spokesperson and current Executive Committee member of the Mentoring & Inspiring Women in Radio Group (MIW) and serves on the NAB Diversity and Inclusion Council.
Ms. Raphael was recognized among Western New York’s 2016 Women of Influence by Buffalo Business First for her professional experience and community involvement.
The Western New York native received her undergraduate degree in Media Communications from Medaille College and a Master of Arts degree in Organizational Management from the University of Phoenix.
Kimberly R. Sonneborn: VP of Digital Operations
With BBGI Since: 2000
Kimberly Sonneborn serves as Beasley Broadcast Group, Inc.’s Vice President of Digital Operations. In her role, she is responsible for evolving the company’s digital processes and ensuring alignment with corporate operators and partners.
Ms. Sonneborn previously served as Vice President of Digital Design and Production for the Company, with responsibility for directing all digital projects from conception to launch, formulating the initial design concepts and determining the most appropriate manner in which to present digital projects to both station personnel and advertisers.
Ms. Sonneborn joined the Company as its Interactive Coordinator in 2000. In that capacity, she was responsible for building the Company’s interactive department.
She is a graduate of Liberty University, where received degrees in Public Relations and Graphic Design. Ms. Sonneborn ranked first in her class in graphic design and was the recipient of institution’s top graphic design award. In addition, she is a 2018 graduate of the Mentoring and Inspiring Women (MIW) Radio Group Mentoring Program.
Dan Frisbie: Vice President of Digital Sales
With BBGI since 2017
Dan Frisbie joined Beasley Broadcast Group, Inc. as Vice President of Digital Sales at Beasley Media Group in November of 2017.
Mr. Frisbie, a seasoned 17 year digital sales leader, founded Frisbie Consulting, LLC, where he helped clients with media/digital/mobile/video sales strategies and operations, including CRM implementation and process, forecasting and pipeline analysis, seller hiring and coaching, compensation and commission structures, product positioning and marketing, account penetration and analysis, and industry introductions.
Previous to that, Mr. Frisbie served as the executive vice president of sales at Jun Group, where he led the company’s national media sales efforts and eight years as the vice president of sales at iHeartRadio. While there, the digital veteran helped to build the organization’s digital sales offering and solutions for advertisers.
Mr. Frisbie also held senior roles at Performics, Fathom Online, Looksmart and Spinway.
He holds a Bachelor’s of Arts in Communications from the State University of New York at Albany.