Classic rock radio pioneer and current Greater Media Interactive Senior Vice President/General Manager Tom Bender will be retiring from the company at the end of June after nearly three decades of service.
Bender told All Access: “I am grateful to Peter Smyth for allowing me to lead our digital initiative for the past six years as we worked to conquer the digital challenges to radio,” said Bender. “He has been a friend as well as a great boss. I was privileged to work in my hometown with a wonderful group of people who created WCSX and built upon the 45-year heritage of WRIF, where I began my career. Greater Media is an extraordinary company and I thank them for a creative and innovative culture in which to work. Now it’s time for a new chapter in my life!”
Bender was inducted into the Michigan Broadcasting Hall of Fame in 2007.
He has been in his current role since November 2007. Prior to that, Bender was Regional GM of Greater Media’s Detroit operations since November, 1986, where he was responsible for creating one of American’s first Classic Rock-formatted stations, WCSX-FM in Detroit.