Cary L. Pahigian, a radio broadcasting veteran who has held management positions throughout New England and the mid-Atlantic, has been named President and General Manager of WBAL-AM and WIYY-FM.
Pahigian succeeds Edward C. Kiernan, who is retiring after a successful 23-year run overseeing WBAL-AM/WIYY-FM and more than four decades in radio.
“Cary brings a wealth of experience, having worked for some of the nation’s most honored radio stations, including most recently overseeing stations of various formats in Maine,” said Hearst Television President Jordan Wertlieb. “He is a passionate advocate for local broadcasting and understands the importance of community service and how it is the fabric of leading radio stations.”
Pahigian joins Hearst from Saga Communications, for which he served as President and General Manager of an eight-station radio group in Portland, Maine, including WMGX, WGAN and WPOR. While there, he strengthened the group’s market leadership as well as its community ties with efforts such as WYNZ’s Stuff the Bus Food Drive, WGAN’s annual Holiday Hundred Fund benefiting Salvation Army, and a group-wide ongoing alliance with the “Make-A-Wish” foundation.
Before Saga, Pahigian was Vice President and General Manager of Boch Broadcasting in Cape Cod, Massachusetts, growing a start-up venture – including one of the nation’s first FM News/Talk stations – to a successful five-station, multi-format broadcast group with a strong community presence. Previously, he served as Vice President of Operations with Sconnix Broadcasting in Vienna, Virginia, and as Station Manager for Boston radio powerhouse WBZ-AM and as Program/Operations Manager at WIP in Philadelphia.
Pahigian has served on the boards of directors of the Hyannis Area Chamber of Commerce, the Cape Cod Economic Roundtable and the Massachusetts Broadcasters Association, among other industry and civic affiliations. He attended Boston’s Emerson College.