- The Washington Times - Wednesday, July 30, 2003

Catherine Meloy, a top executive in the Washington area for radio conglomerate Clear Channel Communications Inc., announced her resignation yesterday to become president of the Washington chapter of Goodwill Industries Inc.

Mrs. Meloy manages WASH-FM (97.1) and WBIG-FM (100.3), two of the eight stations Clear Channel owns in the Washington area. She is also the local head of sales for the company, which is based in San Antonio, Texas.

“I loved my career in radio. If Goodwill had not come to me with this job offer, I would still be at Clear Channel,” said Mrs. Meloy, who has worked in the industry for 25 years.

In a memo distributed to employees, Bennett A. Zier, a Clear Channel executive vice president, said Mrs. Meloy “can never be replaced and will continue to be a friend and fan of everything we do here.” In an interview, he said he hopes to name her successor before she leaves in late August.

Colleagues said the move to Goodwill makes sense for Mrs. Meloy, whom they described as deeply spiritual. She has volunteered for many charities and nonprofit groups and has served on the boards of the Wolf Trap Foundation, Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind, Washington Hospital Center and others.

Her move follows an internal shakeup at WASH, a soft-rock music station that has slumped in the ratings.

On July 18, Clear Channel relieved Steve Allan of his duties as the station’s program director. Arbitron Inc. ratings released July 21 showed WASH dropped in several time periods among advertisers’ prized demographic, adults 25 to 54.

Mr. Allan will continue to program WBIG, an oldies music station.

Mrs. Meloy dismissed rumors that she was leaving because she was unhappy with Clear Channel’s decision to oust Mr. Allan from WASH. “There is no controversy in this at all. I am simply beginning a new chapter in my life,” she said.

At Goodwill, Mrs. Meloy replaces longtime President David Becker, who retired last month.

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