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Cox, Republic VP, named Horne Radio GM

Republic Newspapers Inc. vice president Tony Cox has been named general manager of Horne Radio, LLC.

“My involvement with the radio company is nothing new … I’ve always been one of the officers of the radio company, it’s just more direct involvement now,” said Cox, who retains his duties as vice president at Republic.

“What I’m going to do here is really what I like, which is advertising and sales,” he added.

Cox said selling advertising for Horne Radio will allow him to partner with local business owners.

“I’m going out and sort of become your business partner out here, to grow your business … at the same time you grow, we grow,” he said.

For Cox, radio has always been an escape and a source of information.

“I don’t have to worry if the stock market is going to die today. I’m listening to whatever is on the radio, whatever music puts me in a good mood.

“People can take their time and just relax and enjoy the music, and at the same time, hear that commercial message,” he added.

“I’m excited to have Tony help us with our radio stations after working with him in Republic Newspapers the last 17 years. I know he has a lot to offer our radio company, particularly in the area of generating sales,” said Nick W. Drewry, chief manager of Horne Radio and president of Republic Newspapers.

“I think this will be a good move for both Tony and the company,” he added.

Cox began working for Republic Newspapers in 1991 as a newspaper carrier. He then worked as a graphic designer, advertising manager and publisher of farragutpress before becoming vice president of the parent company.

“I’ve been with the company a long time. I haven’t always been in sales and haven’t always been in management, but, honestly … I had to sell because I couldn’t write,” Cox said.

“I’ve just done a lot of different things,” he added.

“My real emphasis here is on what I really like: advertising and sales. And advertising and sales is advertising and sales in any media; it’s when you have a product that can help people grow their business while at the same time, you’re growing your own business.

“It’s a win-win situation,” Cox said.

Former general manager Brian Tatum is now operations manager at Horne Radio.

Horne Radio owns local radio stations WFIV-FM and WMTY-AM in Farragut, WGAP-AM in Blount County, WLOD-AM in Loudon, WKVL-AM in Knoxville and WLOD-FM and WDEH-AM in Sweetwater.


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