President and CEO
Tom Davis has owned and managed radio stations in various markets since 1990, and has a long record of profitable radio properties relying exclusively on local and hyperlocal content and revenue as well as creation and development of new digital products. During his time in the industry, Davis has owned, managed or consulted in everything from small communities to top 25 markets. Prior to founding Local Voice, Davis’ Western Mass Radio owned stations in the Springfield and Amherst, Massachusetts markets. In 1998, he developed the Save30™ e-commerce model, selling discounted certificates online promoted through the power of the company’s radio stations. Save30™ delivered 20% of the company’s revenue and continues today as the longest standing, successful e-commerce platform. Davis Media was founded in 2005 with the purchase of two FM stations in Williamsburg, Virginia. The company launched the digital newspaper Williamsburg-Yorktown Daily (wydaily.com) in June of 2008, combining the best assets of both radio and the newspaper industry under one platform. Their proprietary model for a radio/digital platform was the beginning of Local Voice. WYDaily is the most read daily newspaper in the market, is highly profitable, and the company’s digital products deliver over 40% of the company’s total revenue. In 2012, Davis changed the name of the company to Local Voice Media to continue the expansion of local online newspapers powered by the company’s hometown radio stations, which now include Port City Daily in Wilmington, North Carolina (portcitydaily.com); Cola Daily in Columbia, South Carolina (coladaily.com), with plans to launch its fourth newspaper in Virginia Beach, Virginia in 2015. Local Voice Media properties’ annual revenues have been five to seven times higher than the radio industry since 2010. Through Q1 of 2013, the company’s revenues have increased 9% over Q1 2012 compared to 0% growth in the industry. Local Voice’s digital properties deliver between 21% – 40% compared to the industry average of less than 3%.
Vice President of Programming
Dave Benson did an article for his high school newspaper on the new “underground” radio station in his hometown. Within days he was working at the station and he’s been programming radio ever since. With a career path including influential Rock stations KGB-FM, San Diego, WMET-FM and WLUP-FM in Chicago as well as AAA (Adult Album Alternative) format defining work at WXRT, Chicago, KBCO, Denver, KFOG, San Francisco and KMTT, Seattle, Benson is recognized as one of the most experienced, successful and influential programmers in the Adult Rock radio format.
Adam C. Crotty
Vice President of Finance
Adam joined Local Voice in December 2014 to solidify financial reporting and cash management for the company. For the six years prior to joining Local Voice, Adam was the Controller and a member of the executive leadership team at Pamal Broadcasting, a top 35 radio broadcast company. He holds a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in Accounting from The College of Saint Rose in Albany, NY.
Vice President of Sales
Brandon Fanney has served as Market Manager of Hometown Wilmington Media since January of 2014. In this role, he has lead the company to continuous revenue growth and has overseen the launch and development of WUDE/WNTB, The Dude. Prior to his current position, Brandon worked as both a Sales Rep and General Sales Manager within the company. His previous experience includes management with Black & Decker, HD Supply, and the University of North Carolina Athletic Department. He is a double alumnus of the University of North Carolina, having obtained both a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and a Master of Science in Sport Administration. Outside of the office, Brandon stays active in the community by supporting numerous local music and athletic organizations.
Vice President, General Manager – Wilmington, NC
Beau Gunn has been serving as General Manager of Hometown Wilmington Media since March of 2012. Beau was hired as a sales consultant for Sea-Comm, the previous owners of the Wilmington properties, in 2004. He was later promoted to Program and Music Director of WUIN, where he helped to establish the strongest radio brand in the Wilmington market as well as strengthen the brands of the company’s sister stations. Local Voice appointed Beau as General Manager in December 2012 due to his leadership at the company as well as in the community and his success has continued since. Beau received a Bachelor degree in Communications Studies from The University of North Carolina, Wilmington. In addition to his General Manager duties at Local Voice, Beau owns and operates a concert production company that produces live concerts in the established Local Voice Media markets.
Vice President, Creative Director
Creative Director Tom Mahnken has worked with the Local Voice team since 1996, writing and/or producing well over 10,000 ads. Tom oversees the creation of ads and promotional elements, as well as the management of the company’s production directors in all markets. Tom has overseen the centralization of the company’s creative services, ensuring the highest quality ads for our customers in every market while at the same time containing costs. He developed a completely online ad tracking and approval system that ensures state-of-the-art efficiency in the interactive process of transforming sales orders to revenue generating commercials. Tom grew up in a house full of writers and actors, and majored in Theater at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. When he’s not working in radio, he’s playing bass guitar all over New England with his band Trailer Park, or touring the world playing saxophone with the Young@Heart Chorus.
Vice President, Market Manager – Williamsburg, VA/Virginia Beach, VA
Derek Mason is a founding member of Local Voice, who joined the company in 2005 as the General Sales Manager, and now serves as Vice President and Market Manager of the Williamsburg and Virginia Beach, Virginia cluster. Derek was instrumental in developing the Inner Circle Sales system, as well as being the head salesman working to establish and implement the Local Voice digital sales model from the ground up. In his leadership position, Derek has led the market from initial annual revenue of $0 to an expected $1.8 million in 2013. Derek will be the instrumental leader for the company’s development of business with its new Virginia Beach properties, relying on his expertise and vast network of relationships that he has developed throughout Tidewater, Virginia over the last eight years. Derek holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from the Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He is highly involved in the Williamsburg community, including being a member of the local Kiwanis Club, and he is an active Board Member of the local Meals on Wheels Chapter, where he serves as chairman of the Communications and Marketing Committee.
Emily G. Ridjaneck
Vice President of Operations
Emily G. Ridjaneck joined Local Voice in July 2008 as the Director of Client Services for Williamsburg, Virginia. Emily helped to develop the Inner Circle Sales model of client service and sales support. Emily currently serves as the Vice President of Operations with her focus on client services team support, internal system efficiency, hiring, company culture and special projects. Emily earned dual undergraduate degrees from the College of William & Mary. She serves her Alma Mater as a member of both the Athletics and School of Education Development Boards and as the Alumna Advisor for the Alpha Mu chapter of DeltaDeltaDelta. Emily has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Young Emerging Professionals of Williamsburg (YEP) since 2009. You can reach Emily Ridjaneck at 757-565-1079 x205 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org