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Entercom Announces Management Promotions and Additions

“CEO David Field issued an internal memo last night announcing the promotion of 10 key people and the addition of another.”

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2020 has been a difficult year for broadcasters and the companies they work for. Though many expect the business to rebound in 2021, there are no guarantees. To make sure the future is maximized to its fullest, organizations are looking for ways to strengthen themselves internally and externally.

One on the industry’s largest groups, Entercom, believes the answers will come from experienced leadership. CEO David Field issued an internal memo last night announcing the promotion of 10 key people and the addition of another who will be depended on to lead the company to brighter days.

In the memo Field stated “Our greatest strength and our most important and valued asset are our people and we are incredibly fortunate to have such a talented team across the country. Today, we have an opportunity to recognize several of them, each of whom has made great contributions to our work, as they continue to grow and expand their responsibilities within the company. I am pleased to announce the following promotions across our organization:”

• Chris Ebbott: Vice President, Programming
• Chad Fitzsimmons: Senior Vice President, Promotions & Experiences
• Rose Isard: Vice President, Senior Counsel
• John Kennedy: Senior Vice President, Engineering
• Jennifer Morales: Vice President, Corporate Communications & PR
• Nancy Muir-Gaire: Vice President, Facilities Management
• Johnny Palumbo: Vice President, Senior Counsel
• Reggie Rouse: Vice President, Programming
• Jeff Sottolano: Executive Vice President, Programming
• Stephanie Taylor: Vice President, Benefits, Compliance and Talent Acquisition

The names that will resonate most with sports radio professionals are Rouse, Sottolano, and Morales. Rouse has been helping to lead 92.9 The Game in Atlanta (along with V103) following the exit of Terry Foxx. Sottolano has been involved with Radio.com and serving as a resource to sports radio programmers. Morales has provided sports media outlets with support on PR opportunities involving company talent and executives.

Also mentioned in the release was the addition of Bill Smee as the company’s new Vice President of News. Smee’s background includes holding leadership roles with CNN, NBC News and Slate. He’s expected to work with Entercom’s NewsTalk brands on improving their programming and delivering new products and capabilities across broadcast, digital, podcast, and smart speaker platforms.

Field also praised the growth of Radio.com, the company’s podcasting business, and the work done by Entercom’s newly formed Diversity, Equity and Inclusion task force led by Rick Caffey and Sarah Harris. He also mentioned that remote work will continue thru the end of the year.

A classy gesture by Field in the memo included acknowledgement of the passing of 97.1 The Ticket host Jamie Samuelsen. After highlighting Jamie’s career accomplishments and track record in Detroit, Field offered thoughts and prayers to Jamie’s family and friends and stated that the company was grieving his heartbreaking passing.

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Kentucky Sports Radio Joins On3 College Sports Network

KSR’s content has been independent for the past 16 years.

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On3 just caught their first big fish in the fan site pond. The college sports and recruiting digital media company announced Kentucky Sports Radio as their first fansite to join the company.

The addition bolsters On3’s portfolio while giving KSR access to a wider swath of University of Kentucky fans. Rivals.com and 247Sports.com founders created On3. The site is angling itself as a new player in the space.

“Kentucky Sports Radio is a significant addition to On3, and we are honored they are the first fansite to join the network,” CEO of On3 Shannon Terry said in a press release. “Not only is KSR the market leader, but it is also easily one of the largest fan sites in the industry, if not the largest.”

On3 plans on covering recruiting, college sports, and the NFL draft using their wide range of reporters and talent across the country.

“The decision to be the first site to join up with On3 was both difficult and easy,” KSR founder Matt Jones said. “The difficult part was giving up the complete independence that we have had since the creation of KSR 16 years ago. But it was easy because once I saw what On3 had in store and its plans for revolutionizing the coverage of college sports, I knew it was the best fit for KSR and all Kentucky fans.”

It’s not easy to give up 15-plus years of content independence, but the chance was too good for Jones and KSR to pass up.

“Joining On3 will ensure that KSR will remain the best site in America for the coverage of a collegiate sports team for the most loyal fans in all of America,” Jones said.

Jones, Drew Franklin, Tyler Thompson, and the whole KSR team are entering a new chapter in the site’s history as Wildcat Football gets set to kick off on Sept. 4th.

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Texans GM Tells SportsRadio 610 To Give Away His Money

The Texans finished with a 4-12 record in 2020.

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The Houston Texans are in a peculiar spot as an NFL franchise, but general manager Nick Caserio made one thing clear in a post-training camp press conference this week.

The longtime league executive shouted out “the guys at 610” and all of the faithful SportsRadio 610 listeners in Houston. “Maybe you guys can take a poll on how many transactions we are going to have,” Caserio said when asked about the number of roster moves the team will have during camp. “I’ll maybe give a hundred bucks to the winner.”

There you have it, Caserio’s is a man of his word and has thrown down the $100 gauntlet to correctly gauge his roster moves over the next month. The poll on SportsRadio 610’s website has four different multiple-choice options for fans to choose ranging from zero roster moves to 50-plus.

GMs usually have their reasons to avoid media chatter. Listening to talking heads rip your decisions or make suggestions for better moves isn’t a foolproof way to achieve success in the NFL. Yet, Caserio wants to have some fun with the fans and media in an endearing way.

Sexual assault allegations against star quarterback Deshaun Watson are still looming, and the team gutted its roster this offseason. All in all, Caserio stepped into a difficult situation, but he seems to be making lemonade out of lemons.

SportsRadio 610 is the Texans flagship affiliate. The station produces all things surrounding the game broadcasts each week of the season and supports three weekly shows on the team. They air the Romeo Crennel Show, on Mondays at 5 p.m. local time in Houston, the Texans Players Show, airing Tuesdays at 6 p.m., and Texans Replay, an hour-long condensed replay of the previous week’s Texans game, which broadcasts on Tuesdays at 8 p.m. Click here for more info on the contest.

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Toronto Blue Jays Bring Back Radio Broadcast

“The decision coincides with the team’s return to the Rogers Center.”

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The days of simulcasting are over in Toronto. The CBC is reporting that after going more than half the season without a dedicated radio call for their games, the Toronto Blue Jays will welcome back their radio crew on Friday night.

The decision coincides with the team’s return to the Rogers Center. The Blue Jays have not played a true home game in more than a year as Canada’s travel and COVID restrictions have forced the team to relocate to the United States temporarily in order not to be left out of the last two Major League Baseball seasons.

When making the announcement that games would be simulcast on TV and radio, Rogers Communications and the Blue Jays said it was a decision motivated by financial factors. It was unpopular with many people. In Canada, fans with vision issues said that they could not follow the game without the more descriptive radio call. In baseball, the team drew the ire of both fellow broadcasters and celebrity superfans.

“Taking the radio call away, we knew it would get a negative feedback — and it did,” Rob Corte, vice-president of Sportsnet and NHL production, told The Athletic. “There are certain elements of a radio broadcast that you can’t duplicate when you’re trying to have a broadcast of doing television and radio.”

Fans will get a paired down booth for the remainder of the season. Ben Wagner will be back at the dedicated radio play-by-play voice of the Toronto Blue Jays. He will be alone in calling the games though. Rogers will not provide a color commentator.

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