Published on Tuesday, 07 May 2013 09:07
Veteran Chicago radio executive Pat Kelley is leaving the local market and heading out west. Kelley has accepted the position of Market Manger for Townsquare Media in Northern Colorado. His first day in his new role is today.
Pat Kelley will be overseeing a four station cluster in the Fort Collins-Greely-Loveland market, north of Denver, CO.
Kelley tells CRM this morning: "While it saddens me to leave the great city of Chicago, my family and I are very excited for this new adventure. Professionally, Townsquare is a top notch company who's people and business vision I believe in."
Pat Kelley was most recently the Director of Sales for Merlin Media's Chicago cluster of WLUP-FM, WIQI-FM, and WKQX-LP. He was there from June 2012 until February of this year.
Prior to that, Kelley was Senior Vice President and General Manager of WLFM-LP/Smooth 87.7, a position he held from May 2009 until April 2012 when Merlin Media took over the station, releasing everybody.
Between his simple beginnings at a young Account Executive for WKQX-FM in 1981 (then owned by NBC) to his admirable duties at WLFM-LP, Pat Kelley has worked in numerous sales positions at Chicago Media outlets. After being an Account Executive with NBC Radio for three years, he moved into management, spending over five years as the General Sales Manager & National Sales Manager for Viacom-owned WLAK-FM/WLIT-FM. Kelley left radio to be a partner in a local publishing firm for nearly five years, but returned to radio in August 1994 as the Station Manager for Clear Channel Radio's WNUA-FM, WLIT-FM and WKSC-FM. Despite very positive results under his leadership, he exited Clear Channel in January 2009 as part of a massive nationwide reduction in force by the company, resulting in the layoffs of hundreds.
After over three decades working in local radio, Pat Kelley now exits the Chicago market for greener pastures in northern Colorado.