General Manager

Dec 6th @ 3:45 pm in People by Bee

JAY AUSTIN

Jay loves radio because of its importance in the everyday life of those who listen and because of the powerful influence it has in getting results for advertisers. Cherry Creek Radio is an excellent company to work for, because they believe strongly that localism is the key to serving the markets where we live and work.

It’s a strange way to have gotten into radio but, in 1976, after spending 7 years in international banking with Commerce Union Bank in Nashville, Tennessee, Jay persuaded the bank to lend money for him, along with a friend, to buy WMGL-FM in Pulaski, Tennessee. Since his first job in radio was owner, the learning curve was pretty steep.

Lured by the chance to actually build a television station from scratch, they sold the radio station, raised the money and began construction of WETO-TV in Greeneville, Tennessee. That station was to become the Fox station serving the Bristol-Kingsport-Johnson City, Tennessee-Virginia market. Over a six year period, Jay spearheaded the construction project and served as General Manager of the station.

After a brief time at WMCC-TV in Indianapolis, Jay realized that radio was the field he really loved, because it has so much more creativity at the local level. So he left TV and went to work for K99-FM in Biloxi, Mississippi.

The chance to return to ownership took Jay and his wife Eileen to McCook to buy Coyote Country (KIOD-FM). They built a second station in McCook and enjoyed 10 years on the tall-grass prairie of Southwest Nebraska and Northwest Kansas.

Suffering from scenery deprivation, they sold the Nebraska stations and headed for Colorado’s Western Slope.

Jay’s outside interests include music, gardening, cooking, photography, motorcycles and enjoying all that the mountains have to offer.