Jim Ryan, a native of Long Island where he began his broadcasting career, is Senior Vice President of Programming on CBS RADIO. Jim serves as a source of programming expertise and develops key initiatives and strategies for all of CBS RADIO’s music stations across the country. At the same time, Jim is also Program Director for New York stations WCBS-FM and WWFS-FM.
Jim is universally recognized as one of the premiere music programming minds in the industry. Jim helps to shape the sound of radio stations and will for years to come, hopefully.
Jim joined CBS RADIO in April 2010 as Program Director of WWFS-FM and Vice President, Adult Contemporary Programming. In June 2012, Ryan was named Program Director of WCBS-FM, the most listened to station in New York.
Before joining CBS RADIO, Jim was head of his own consulting company, Jim Ryan Media, where he advised many top radio stations, including market leaders in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Houston, and syndicated national personalities, in addition to providing Arbitron PPM analysis to influential clients in the talk radio industry.
From September 1996 to April 2008, Jim worked for iHeartMedia’s WLTW, 106.7 Lite-FM. During his time at the station, Jim programmed and served as Director of Adult Contemporary Programming, went on to become Vice President of AC Programming and was later elevated to Senior Vice President of AC Programming. Furthermore, he consulted Premiere syndication directed at the adult female audience, including notable talent such as Delilah and Casey Kasem. Over the years, Jim was responsible for helping WLTW become one of the most listened to and top billing radio stations in America.
Prior to working in New York, Jim played an instrumental role in establishing WBEB in Philadelphia as a market leader. Additionally, he programmed and then became an equity partner in a Portland, Oregon radio property (KXYQ) forming an acquisition company with the band Van Halen. His early work was in Denver, Pittsburgh, Miami and Detroit, before his first group programming job in 1981 overseeing stations in Michigan, Wisconsin and Florida.