Audacy names Molly Cruz as new Brand Manager of B96 (WBBM-FM) in Chicago, effective immediately. In this role, Cruz will oversee content strategy, talent, operations and branding for the station. Cruz will replace Todd Cavanah, who recently announced his resignation.
“Molly brings a mix of both Midwest roots with deep experiences and success across top 40 and CHR stations,” said Rachel Williamson, Regional President, Audacy Chicago. “We look forward to her leading the next chapter of B96’s iconic brand, and collaborating with our talent.
“B96 is one of America’s longest-running and most important CHRs,” said Greg Solk, Vice President of Programming and Operations, Audacy Chicago. “Building on Todd’s excellence is a big-time challenge, and Molly is ready to meet that challenge. We are excited to welcome her home to work closely with Erik Bradley and our superstar morning show, ‘The Morning Mess.’”
“I’m filled with gratitude and excitement about the opportunity that lies ahead,” said Cruz. “It’s a dream come true to be a part of a brand that has been a source of inspiration since my childhood days growing up in the Chicago suburbs. The opportunity to grow within Audacy, join the B96 family and lead this world-famous brand is an unbelievable honor. I’m thrilled to begin this new chapter and look forward to bringing fresh, fun, and innovative ideas to the B96 brand. This is a full-circle moment that I will be eternally grateful for!”
Cruz comes to Chicago after seven years in Milwaukee, most recently as Assistant Brand Manager of 99.1 The Mix (WMYX-FM) and 103.7 KISS FM (WXSS-FM), as well as Regional CHR Format Brand Manager.
The company subsequently announces Erik Bradley as Interim Brand Manager of 104.3 JAMS (WBMX-FM), also succeeding Cavanah. Bradley will continue in his role as Assistant Brand Manager of B96.
Listeners can tune in to B96 (WBBM-FM) in Chicago on air and nationwide on the Audacy app and website. Fans can also connect with the station via Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.