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
Dodgers Temporarily Pull Broadcasters Off Road
“If the broadcasters’ are not dealing with severe cases of Covid and they have cleared health and safety protocols, it appears the team is open to sending them back out on the road.”
When the Los Angeles Dodgers visit the East Coast later this week, the men that call the action on TV and radio will not be with them. The games will instead be broadcast on AM570 LA Sports and SportsNet LA from their respective studios.
“Due to a few members of the Dodgers’ broadcast team having recently tested positive for COVID-19, and out of an abundance of caution, the Dodgers have decided to not travel their broadcasters to upcoming games in Philadelphia and Washington,” the Dodgers announced in a statement. Similar to the 2020 and 2021 MLB seasons, the games will be broadcast from Los Angeles,” reads a statement on the team’s Twitter account.
No further details are available, so the severity and the number of cases remain unknown.
Last September, both members of the Dodgers’ television play-by-play crew were forced into quarantine. Joe Davis was the first to test positive, followed later that month by Orel Hershiser.
On Wednesday, manager Dave Roberts told the media that the Dodgers’ roster and coaching staff are not effected.
“There’s there’s no symptoms in the clubhouse. I think that as far as the upstairs, as an organization, we’re all just trying to be very cautious. But as far as in the clubhouse, coaches, training staff, nothing like that.”
If the broadcasters’ are not dealing with severe cases of Covid and they have cleared health and safety protocols, it appears the team is open to sending them back out on the road. 2022 was supposed to be a return to normal for the Dodgers and many other teams after not letting broadcasters travel in 2020 and 2021.
Pat McAfee: ‘No One Will Disrespect Jim Rome On My Show’
“That’s because you need to respect the f–king jungle.”
Jim Rome is a sports radio icon and Pat McAfee recognizes that.
On The Pat McAfee Show on Wednesday, McAfee was talking to co-host A.J. Hawk about how Rome trended recently on Twitter.
This happened after news of Tom Brady’s FOX Sports deal surfaced, and a list of the top paid sports media personalities was compiled. Rome came in behind Brady at number two making a reported $30 million a year, and many were surprised by that number. McAfee wasn’t.
“That’s because you need to respect the f–king jungle,” he said. “I have nothing but respect for Jim Rome.”
McAfee gave props to Rome, 57, saying he’s been doing sports talk probably longer than anyone. He’s one of the most widely distributed hosts in the country. Pat said he won’t tolerate anyone talking smack about the Smack-Off King.
“No disrespect will be said on this show of Jim Rome, ever,” he said. “Love that man.”
DeAngelo Hall Explains His Exit From Commanders Radio Booth
“I’m a fan first and it made it hard sometimes to go to work because my vision of what I thought it should be wasn’t ultimately what the decision-makers wanted to do.”
In a case of “you never know who’s listening”, 106.7 The Fan in Washington, D.C. got a surprise on Wednesday. Former NFL pro-bowl cornerback DeAngelo Hall texted Brian Mitchell of BMitch & Finlay that he was listening and wanted to join the program.
After discussing some opinions of the Commanders and other rivals on the field, Hall made a point to address leaving the team’s radio booth as a color analyst. In April it was announced that Hall would exit the broadcast booth. At the time it was reported that the decision was Hall’s. On BMitch & Finlay he added more context by explaining that, “it just felt like it wasn’t the right situation for myself.”
Hall went further by adding that a deciding factor for his decision seemed to be the team’s vision for the broadcast.
“I need to see it. I’m a fan first and it made it hard sometimes to go to work because my vision of what I thought it should be wasn’t ultimately what the decision-makers wanted to do. And you know how I am guys, I speak my mind and I just asked to go my separate way. I still love the organization, I’m still rooting for them.”
The former Washington player joined Bram Weinstein and analyst Julie Donaldson when the Washington Commanders overhauled their entire broadcast crew after an organization-wide sexual harassment scandal mentioned former play-by-play voice Larry Michael.
Hall was sure to praise his former teammate taking his role. “But so hyped for London Fletcher. I told Julie and Fletch at separate times man, that Fletch was such a great teammate and an inspirational person in my life and my process of growing as a pro and as a man, that taught me so much about the game. I couldn’t be happier that she gets a hell of a replacement in London Fletcher.
“I’m hyped for those guys but I’m too pretty to be on the radio, guys, I need more face time,” Hall quipped. “I’m fighting to get in one of them booths. When you see Tom Brady making 10-for-375 I said ‘I’m in the wrong business.’ When you’re watching Tony and them guys I’m in the wrong business. I got to get off this radio and get my face in front of the tizzube.”