30 year radio veteran Darren Arriens has died of the Covid-19 virus. He had served as the operations director for Entercom’s Charlotte cluster for the last three years and had taken over some programming duties for WFNZ since the departure of Tony DiGiacomo.
Arriens’s career saw him programming in multiple formats. He worked in Fresno, West Palm Beach, Colorado Springs, Tucson, Grand Rapids, and Lansing before landing in the Queen City.
“Radio lost a good programmer but an even better man today. Darrin Arriens was a friend and someone I’ve had the pleasure of knowing and working with for 4 years,” Barrett Sports Media President Jason Barrett said. “I loved spending time with him during my travels to Charlotte talking about life, radio, sports, consulting and other things.
“We just talked a few weeks ago and I had no idea that it would be our final conversation. I am very sad today and want to extend my condolences to his family, friends, and colleagues at Entercom Charlotte. Darrin had a great energy and passion for life and radio and his presence is going to be sorely missed.”
For the better part of 20 years, Arriens served as the right hand man to Entercom’s SVP and Charlotte Market Manager Matt Hanlon. The pair worked together in multiple markets.
“Darrin was a consummate radio professional and could multi-task like no other. Cutting his teeth on Active Rock, he was an A+ student of the art of radio and grew to be the master of every format he came in contact with,” added All Access president and publisher, Joel Denver. “We have lost a great friend and programmer. Darrin had many true friends in radio and the music industry that are as equally saddened at his passing as I am.”