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Entercom Announces Its Management Team

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Entercom remains focused on working through the process to complete its acquisition of CBS Radio, forming one of the most powerful media companies in the country. Although a merger of this magnitude may require extra time and patience, it isn’t stopping David Field from constructing a new management team to lead his new company forward.

There are a number of different individuals who will be involved in various aspects of the company, but specifically as it pertains to the sports format, here’s what you need to know.

Moving forward, Pat Paxton will assume the role of President of Programming. Paxton has had a strong influence on the growth of Entercom’s programming, having led the company’s efforts since 20001. Prior to advancing up the corporate ladder, Paxton held stints as Entercom’s Director of AC and CHR programming and as Operations Manager for Star in Boston. He’s also enjoyed stints as National Program Director for Nationwide Communications, program director of WOMX in Orlando and KHMX in Houston, Weather anchor for KCAU-TV (ABC affiliate) in Sioux City, and as a consultant for Zapoleon Media Strategies. His primary focus will be to oversee the music brands but he’s expected to be included in all company programming matters.

Chris Olivero, who’s been a mainstay of CBS Radio’s corporate team, will also be part of the new management staff, earning the title of Executive Vice President of Programming. During Olivero’s time at CBS he led the content development and strategy for all of CBS’ stations, and oversaw the company’s research and national concert initiatives. Chris was a big proponent for launching the CBS Sports Radio Network and handled recruiting and negotiating contracts for CBS Radio’s marquee personalities across all formats. Under his watch CBS Radio has enjoyed great success, especially in the sports format. Olivero’s new role includes overseeing all News/Talk/Sports programming.

Additionally, Mike Dee has taken the reigns as the company’s President of Sports. Dee joined the management team in early May and has been charged with helping the company increase its revenue development from national sales and marketing programs. Entercom is hoping Dee’s experience as a sports executive serves them well with creating new platform opportunities, expanding sports distribution, and elevating the company’s position as a leading sports media partner.

The full list of Entercom’s new management team is listed below:

  • David Field, Chief Executive Officer
  • Weezie Kramer, Chief Operating Officer
  • Pat Paxton, President of Programming
  • Chris Oliviero, Executive Vice President of Programming
  • Mike Dee, President of Sports
  • Rich Schmaeling, Chief Financial Officer
  • Ruth Gaviria, Chief Marketing Officer
  • Bob Philips, Chief Revenue Officer
  • JD Crowley, Executive Vice President of Digital
  • Michael Doyle, Regional President and President of Sales Operations
  • Andrew Sutor, Senior Vice President and General Counsel

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Jonathan Zaslow No Longer With WQAM

An attempt to reach out to Zaslow for comment went unanswered.

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WQAM midday host Jonathan Zaslow is no longer with WQAM in Miami.

The radio station has removed his show from the website and references to him and his normal 10a-2p ET midday timeslot program have been scrubbed from the station website.

Zaslow tweeted at 5:19p ET confirming the news.

Whether or not this has any effect on his involvement with the Miami Heat broadcasts is unknown as of now.

Zaslow had been with 790 the Ticket since 2004. He was transitioned from Audacy-owned 790 to sister station AM 560 Sports WQAM last October. During his tenure he has worked with a number of established local voices including Joy Taylor, Amber Wilson, Brett Romberg, and Brendan Tobin amongst others.

WQAM has gone thru a number of changes, including a rebranding effort to call the station “560 The Joe”. That ended last year with the station returning to the AM 560 Sports WQAM brand listeners were more familiar with. What they have planned next in Zaslow’s timeslot is unclear but local listeners will likely get some answers next week.

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Vanessa Richardson Named Houston Rockets Sideline Reporter, Paul Gallant to Host Solo on ESPN 97.5

Vanessa Richardson will be on the sidelines for the Houston Rockets and Paul Gallant will host solo show on ESPN 97.5.

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Changes are taking place in Houston sports media. First, the Houston Rockets will have a new television sideline reporter this season, and she’s a familiar name to Houston sports fans.

Vanessa Richardson, the now former co-host of ESPN 97.5’s Vanessa and Gallant, revealed that she will be on the sidelines for the NBA franchise covering the team for AT&T SportsNet Southwest.

She tweeted the news saying, “Elated to be the new Houston Rockets sideline reporter! I can’t wait to travel the country & share the stories of this dynamic team during 80+ games on AT&T SportsNet Southwest. I’ll continue to fill-in as a host/reporter for Astros broadcasts as well.”

Richardson’s co-host, Paul Gallant, tweeted that with Richardson leaving the show for the Rockets sideline gig, Vanessa and Gallant will become the Paul Gallant Show. The solo show led by Gallant begins Monday September 26th.

“We’re excited to have Paul host his own show”, said Todd Farquharson, General Manager of ESPN 97.5 & 92.5.  “He’s super creative, energetic, and likeable.  He’ll get the audience involved and have fun.”

Paul commented, “You know what I’ve always loved about sports talk radio?  That it’s interactive.  Whether through a phone call, text message, tweet or on Twitch, it’s the best place for sports fans to come together and celebrate…or vent.  And that’s what The Paul Gallant Show is going to be…Houston’s platform to talk about its teams. THE most interactive sports talk show in Houston.”

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Ken Carman: Al Michaels ‘Feels Untethered’ On Amazon Prime Video

“The thing that stuck out was Kirk Herbstreit ripping the elf,” said Carman. “Don’t be ripping Brownie the Elf, man.”

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The Cleveland Browns defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers during Thursday Night Football on Amazon Prime Video. 92.3 The Fan morning host Ken Carman applauded Al Michaels for his performance during the presentation.

“Al Michaels feels untethered for the first time. He’s not network television anymore and he can say whatever he wants. We interviewed him on the pregame show and I was nervous,” Carman said.

“He’s a legend,” co-host Anthony Lima added.

During the final play of the game, the Steelers fumbled a lateral into the endzone which the Browns recovered to make the final score 29-17. Michaels said “that may be meaningful to some of you. And you know who I mean”, alluding to people who had placed wagers on the game.

Carman, who hosts two-hours of pre-game coverage on the Browns Radio Network, continued to discuss how nervous he was interviewing Michaels. He also discussed how impressive Amazon’s behind-the-scenes production was, pointing out the only football broadcast with more cameras is the Super Bowl. More than 400 people work behind the scenes for Amazon Prime Video.

“The thing that stuck out was Kirk Herbstreit ripping the elf,” said Carman. “Don’t be ripping Brownie the Elf, man.”

Carman later said people angry that Michaels misspoke by saying the Pro Football Hall of Fame is “down I-71” instead of I-77 were unreasonable, and joked “Al Michaels hasn’t been on a highway in 20 years”.

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