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NAPLES, Florida, August 14, 2008 – Beasley Broadcast Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: BBGI), a large- and mid-size market radio broadcaster, is pleased to announce the winners of its annual Company Operating Awards.  Each year, Beasley Broadcast recognizes noteworthy achievements, operating success and contributions from individual Beasley employees and stations over the preceding twelve months.  This year’s honorees, presented at the Company’s annual gathering of General Managers, include:


·         Thomas Manning – General Manager of the Year

·         Tom Calococci and

T Gentry – Program Directors of the Year

·         John Jaras – Sales Manager of the Year

·         Pet Money – Business Manager of the Year

·         Power 96 WPOW-FM  – Radio Station of the Year


Chairman and CEO of Beasley Broadcast Group, George G. Beasley commented, “Perhaps one of the most gratifying aspects as Founder and CEO of this Company is recognizing those who achieve pinnacles of success.  Given the remarkable amount of talent and dedication found within our company, selecting the winner in each category is always a challenge. However, these honorees have truly distinguished themselves this past year and their superior leadership abilities are an inspiration to us all.  I’m delighted to honor these five individuals and the outstanding stations they represent.”

The “General Manager of the Year” selection is based on the overall operation of the station or stations under his or her management. This year’s winner is Thomas Manning, General Manager of WPOW-FM in Miami, and Vice President of Sales for the company’s three-station Miami cluster that includes Power 96 WPOW-FM, 99.9 Kiss Country WKIS-FM and Sports Radio 560 WQAM-AM.  Since joining the company in 2007, Mr. Manning has been the force behind an impressive turn-around in sales and ratings for Power 96.

Beasley bestows a “Program Director of the Year” award in recognition of the important role Program Directors play in providing creative and compelling content, and consistent ratings leadership.  This year, two exceptional PDs were chosen to receive the honor.

Tom Calococci, Operations Manager/Program Director for Power 96 WPOW-FM and HD2 sister station 96 Dash 2 Pirate Radio in the Miami market, was honored for his outstanding performance over the past 12 months.  Mr. Calococci joined Beasley in 2006 as Operations Manager and was named Program Director in 2007.

T Gentry, Program Director for Kicks 99 WKXC-FM in Augusta, GA, has been with the station for nearly 13 years.  Program Director since Beasley Broadcast purchased WKXC in 2001, he is also Operations Manager for the nine-station Augusta cluster. This award also recognizes Mr. Gentry’s major role in Kicks 99 being named the Country Music Association’s “Station of the Year” for 2008.

John Jaras, General Sales Manager for Power 96 WPOW-FM, was recognized as Beasley’s “General Sales Manager of the Year” for leading his WPOW sales team to obtain year-over-year revenue increases.  Mr. Jaras’ sales expertise and commitment to the market are further evidenced by the fact that he is a 20-year veteran with Beasley, having come on board as Local Sales Manager for Power 96 in 1988. 

The Business Manager of the Year Award honors the individual who demonstrates excellence in all areas of a station’s business operations including financial reporting, accounts receivable and payable management, payroll and human resources.  As Business Manager for Beasley’s six Fayetteville stations, Pet Money is a three-time winner!   Ms. Money started her career with Beasley Broadcast in 1983, and was named “Business Manager of the Year” in 1998, 2005 and now, 2008.

The “Station of the Year” is determined based on the overall strength and success of a station. Power 96 WPOW-FM in Miami was selected this year for its strong growth in ratings and revenue, as well as cash flow performance, excelling under the leadership of Joe Bell, Market Manager; Thomas Manning, General Manager; and Tom Calococci, Program Director. 

About Beasley Broadcast Group

Founded in 1961, Beasley Broadcast Group, Inc. is a radio broadcasting company that owns or operates 44 stations (27 FM and 17 AM) located in 11 large- and mid-size markets in the United States.  For more information, please visit

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