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Townsquare Media, Inc. (formerly Regent Communications until 2010) is an American radio network and media company based in Purchase, New York. The company started in radio and expanded into digital media toward the end of the 2000s, starting with the acquisition of the MOG Music Network. As of 2019, Townsquare was the third-largest AM-FM operator in the country, owning over 321 radio stations in 67 markets.
As Regent Communications
Regent Communications logo before rebranding
Townsquare Media was established as Regent Communications by Terry Jacobs in 1994. Jacobs was formerly the CEO of Jacor Communications, a radio broadcasting company which he created in 1979. Bill Stakelin later shared chief status in the company with Jacobs, and the two established JS Communications, later selling Regent to Jacor in 1997. Stakelin and Jacobs resurrected the Regent name to replace JS, with approval by Jacor. Jacobs left the company in 2005.
On October 27, 2008, Regent Broadcasting joined Radiolicious and began streaming on the iPhone and iPod Touch. Regent is the first major radio group to contract for all of its streaming stations to be available through the Radiolicious application.
On April 30, 2012, Townsquare Media announced a deal to acquire 55 stations in 11 markets from Cumulus Media, in exchange for Townsquare's stations in the markets of Bloomington and Peoria, IL and $126 million.
On August 24, 2012, Townsquare reached a deal to acquire the MOG Music Network, an advertising network for music blogs. The network was part of MOG, a streaming music service that had previously reached a deal to be acquired by Beats Electronics.
On October 1, 2012, Townsquare Media created Townsquare Interactive. Townsquare Interactive is the digital marketing division of Townsquare Media and focuses on creating comprehensive web presences for small businesses across the United States.
In June 2013, Townsquare announced it would acquire a number of music-related blogs from AOL, including The Boombox, The Boot, and Noisecreep, along with ComicsAlliance. The deal came following the abrupt shutdown of AOL's Music division in April 2013.
On February 25, 2014, Townsquare Ignite was created to offer business owners across the United States online advertising solutions, such as PPC, SEM, social media advertising and website retargeting.
On June 24, 2014, Townsquare Media filed for an IPO on the New York Stock Exchange, valued at $143.8 million. On July 24, 2014, Townsquare Media became a public company with an initial offering price of $11 a share.
In September 2014, Townsquare Media acquired XXL, King, and Antenna from Harris Publications. Townsquare then ceased print publication of XXL.
On October 16, 2017, Townsquare Media announced the transition of Steven Price, Townsquare's founder and Chief Executive Officer, to the new role of Executive Chairman of the Board. He was replaced by Bill Wilson and Dhruv Prasad, who are serving as Co-Chief Executive Officers. In addition, Erik Hellum was announced as Chief Operating Officer, Local Media.
On January 2, 2019, Townsquare Media announced the departure of Co-Chief Executive Officer Dhruv Prasad and the transition of Bill Wilson from Co-Chief Executive Officer to sole Chief Executive Officer of the company.
Web publications and services
Antenna - general publication marketed toward youth readers; formerly a print magazine
The Boombox - dedicated to hip hop music; previously owned by AOL
The Boot - dedicated to country music; previously owned by AOL