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Fox News’ Magee Tackles Radio Duties

Jan 5, 2005  •  Post A Comment

Fox News’ plans for dramatic expansion of radio programming have translated into additional titles and responsibilities for Kevin Magee, who will continue as VP of news programming while adding responsibilities as Fox News Radio senior VP. Mr. Magee also has been named chairman of the Fox News Programming Council, a panel of eight or nine Fox News people who will meet on a regular basis to discuss the creation and coordination of radio programming with the division’s TV side.

Fox News Radio recently was named the primary news supplier for more than 100 of Clear Channel’s news-talk stations.

Mr. Magee worked in radio starting in 1976 and spent the 1980s working as a senior editor for ABC Radio. He moved to ABC’s TV side in 1990, first as broadcast producer and then, for six years, as senior broadcast producer for “Good Morning America,” where he won an Emmy.

After working at CNBC as executive producer of business news for four years, Mr. Magee joined Fox News in 2001.

“Radio is still a wonderful place to use your imagination. It is, I think, a unique audience. It is a very personal medium,” Mr. Magee said.

He does not anticipate straying from the type of content Fox News audiences expect as he creates new programming to add to the 30 hours per week Fox Radio already produces, including the three-hour daily show hosted by Tony Snow for nearly a year and the three-hour nightly program hosted by Alan Colmes.

“Kevin has been instrumental in bolstering Fox News’ programming,” said Fox News Chairman and CEO Roger Ailes, who described Mr. Magee as “an asset in heading the expansion of the Fox News brand.”

In picking up the radio responsibilities, Mr. Magee, who will report to Mr. Ailes, succeeds Jack Abernethy, recently named CEO of Fox Television Stations Inc.