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Pahigian Leaving Saga After 15 Years


Cary Pahigian started his radio career at age 14 at WCCM-AM in Lawrence, MA. He would go on to run WBZ in Boston at age 26. At age 29 Pahigian was the Corporate Vice President of Operations for Sconnix Boradcasting. For the past 15 years he's been running the Portland Maine market for Ed Christian's Saga Communications. Yesterday Pahigian informed the company he wanted to pursue his next professional challenge, so he'd be stepping down. Saga Executive Vice President Warren Lada told Radio Ink last night, "Cary has made huge contributions to Saga and the Portland Radio Group. His professionalism and passion for his broadcast colleagues will be missed by all if us." We caught up with Pahigian last night and asked him why he was leaving.

Why are you leaving?
My biological clock simply went off after 15 incredible years here. I feel like a little like Jerry Seinfeld knowing when it is time to wrap up a great TV series. In addition, my daughter is finishing high school (heading to college to pursue media management), and that causes you to stop and think about "what is the next professional challenge". And the only way to truly examine yourself and that next opportunity, is to step aside and focus all your energy on it.

What is it like working for Saga/Ed Christian?
My fondest memories of my 15+ years with Ed will always be our lengthy and enjoyable discussions about radio, it's history and characters. We both started in the business at a young age and view the industry in a similar way...and our numerous talks analyzing political news and current events. We both think we should host "Meet The Press". Of course, he'd get top billing.

What did you love the most about walking through the radio station doors every day?
The amazing group of smart, caring, dynamic, trustworthy professionals who fueled an energetic and fun environment.

What was it like running WBZ in Boston?
Amazing. I grew up listening to WBZ, and, at 26, I was working side by side with the legends that had inspired me to pursue broadcasting. I learned so much.

What does it take to be a successful market manager every day in 2014?
Identify, recruit, develop and retain the right people...and provide them with a fun, fast-paced work environment where achievement is measured and appreciated.

Most difficult task you face every day when you come in?
I never view anything as a difficult task. I greet each day with enthusiasm and excited to see what the day brings. I enjoy the challenge of ensuring my colleagues have an unencumbered path to success each day. My job is to clear any brush that is in their/our way.

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Great Guy, Great manager.

- Jay Clark

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