YMF Media, LLC is pleased to announce the appointment of Deon Levingston as President of YMF Media, reporting directly to the YMF Board of Directors. In this position, Levingston will continue his current role as Market Manager of New York City’s Legendary Stations WBLS and sister station WLIB-AM.
“On behalf of the YMF Board, we are pleased to announce this well-deserved promotion,” said Michael Cutchall. “Deon has earned this leadership position with his vast knowledge, commitment to impeccable client service, and his ability to engage and empower a high-performing team that will take YMF Media to the next level. He is a leader not only to his team, but the entire industry as well.”
During Levingston’s nine-year tenure with WBLS, he has been credited with returning WBLS to the #1-ranked urban radio station in America in both ratings and revenue. WBLS is currently the second-highest rated station and one of the highest-billing stations in America.
Levingston serves on the board of directors for several broadcast industry organizations, including: The National Association of Broadcasters, New York State Broadcasters Association, New Jersey Broadcasters Association, and the Nielson Audio Advisory Council.
Throughout his career, Levingston has achieved numerous community and industry awards, including his distinction as one of the Best Major-Market General Managers by several organizations. He has been honored for his community service efforts by The State of New York, The City of New York, The State of New Jersey, The City of Newark, The State of Indiana, The City of Indianapolis, The March of Dimes, and the American Heart Association. Additionally, he was recognized as “Alumni of the Year” by Howard University.
“I’m very excited about this promotion,” said Levingston. “I believe I have been blessed to work for the best-of-the- best in our industry. Skip Finley and Charles Warfield have been great teachers and mentors over the last nine years. Emmis and Jeff Smulyan gave me my first radio management position, and Cathy Hughes and Alfred Liggins promoted me to my first General Manager position. The one thing that they all stressed to me over the years is that you win through your people. I firmly believe we have some of the most talented and creative minds in our industry at YMF Media, LLC.