Giant Switch: Ex-Vibe Editor Hired
Emil Wilbekin in; CEO Smokey Fontaine promoted to ‘chief content officer.’
Giant magazine, the “urban entertainment lifestyle” magazine now owned by Radio One, an African-American-focused radio broadcasting company, has made another switch at the top of its masthead.
Editor-in-chief and CEO Smokey Fontaine is being promoted to “chief content officer” at Radio One, overseeing new digital and cross-platform initiatives for the company’s 54 radio stations.
Emil Wilbekin, award-winning former editor-in-chief of Vibe, replaces Fontaine.
Fontaine, the founder of the luxury urban magazine
Radio One bought the struggling bimonthly in January 2007 for $275,000. Giant founder Jamie Hooper launched the publication as a general men’s interest title in 2004 with a $10 million investment from his venture-capitalist father-in-law Mort Myerson.