Roy Laughlin is most known as the GM of KIIS FM for a decade+ in his 30s under Gannet, then Jacor & Clear Channel. Laughlin lead KIIS FM to the #1 billing radio station in the US for 9 years and as Market Manager of the CCLA 8 stations, delivered record billing of $300mill annually. Laughlin optimized Rick Dees for a decade as well as hired Ryan Seacrest to team with his wife Ellen K to re-launch KIIS FM in February ’04. KIIS FM returned to #1 in the Spring of 2005 as Laughlin excited to pursue station ownership.
Laughlin and his brother launched GAP Broadcasting in 2006 which purchased 52 stations from Clear Channel in Texas for $139M (GAP later merged into TownSquare Media). Laughlin continues as an equity partner in Rincon Broadcasting which he co-founded with Sr. Partner John Hearne through the purchase of the Santa Barbara Clear Channel Cluster in 2006. Laughlin also re-launched the Steve Harvey Radio Show in LA Radio while upgrading the signal at 93.5 KDAY / 93.5 KDAI. Laughlin brokered the sale of move-in Riverside signal 96.1 KWIE to Liberman Broadcasting in 2009 for $25M. Hearne and Laughlin later teamed again to purchase an additional FM move-in to the Riverside/San Bernardino market in 2010.