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Entercom Announces Its Management Team

Jason Barrett

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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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670 The Score Hosts Congratulate Mike Mulligan on Award From Loyola Chicago

“They’re giving me an award for correctly picking the Super Bowl on September 8th,” Mulligan joked.

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670 The Score morning host Mike Mulligan is being awarded the Father Finnegan Memorial Award from Loyola University Chicago this weekend, and some of his colleagues congratulated him on the air Friday morning.

The award is given “in recognition of outstanding humanitarianism and service to youth through athletics”. Mulligan — a 1984 graduate of Loyola University Chicago — will receive the award Saturday during the Loyola Athletics Hall of Fame ceremony during a game against George Mason.

“Tremendous award,” co-host David Haugh said. “Proud moment for the show. Proud moment for you family.”

“They’re giving me an award for correctly picking the Super Bowl on September 8th,” Mulligan joked.

“That is fantastic,” Laurence Holmes said, while his co-host, Dan Bernstein, continued to say “wow”. “Congratulations. You shouldn’t be embarrassed. You should be proud.”

“I’m being celebrated for being old,” Mully joked.

“That’s not what that award says,” countered Holmes. “It says something completely different.”

The Mully & Haugh host eventually admitted he was appreciative of the award bestowed upon him by his alma mater.

“It’s a good thing. I’m very moved by it. Sister Jean will be there,” Mully said. “She has a book coming out with — I think — Seth Davis.”

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Colin Cowherd: Tony Romo Regressing Because He Loves Golf

“I’ve always felt like Tony Romo is one of those guys — and we all have somebody in our social circle like this — he got the golf bug. He’s had it for 15 years.

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The performance of CBS Sports NFL analyst Tony Romo has been a hot-button topic in sports media circles, especially after a widely-regarded lackluster performance during the AFC Championship Game. Colin Cowherd believes he knows why Romo has regressed.

During an episode of The Colin Cowherd Podcast, the sports radio host claimed golf is the reason behind Romo’s regression.

“Romo wants to be on the Tour. He literally wants to be on the Tour,” Cowherd said. “And what’s the first thing Aaron Rodgers does in the off-season? He goes and golfs, he loves it. Both, by the way, great golfers, especially Romo. But I’ve always felt like Tony Romo is one of those guys — and we all have somebody in our social circle like this — he got the golf bug. He’s had it for 15 years.

“Tony wants to be on the PGA Tour — but he likes the paycheck from CBS.”

Cowherd also added he hasn’t hired potential employees in the past if they told him they loved golf during the interview process, saying he has a theory that as men age they “get addicted to golf”.

“They’re on PGATour.com, they’re putting in the backyard, they’re thinking about it at work, they’re scheduling a trip to Scotland and they lose sight of their other job,” Cowherd said.

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ESPN Radio Adds Lakers Games As LeBron James Nears Scoring Record

“As of Friday, February 3, LeBron James is 63 points away from Abdul-Jabbar’s 38,387 career points.”

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The NBA’s all-time scoring record has stood for a long time. Kareem Abdul-Jabar, the current record holder, retired in 1989. LeBron James is on the verge of overtaking him though, and ESPN Radio wants to make sure it is part of history when it happens.

ESPN Radio has added two upcoming Lakers games to its schedule. The network will carry the national feeds of games on February 7 and 9. The first game is against the Oklahoma City Thunder. The second is against the Milwaukee Bucks.

Both games will be played in Los Angeles with a 9:30 PM Eastern tip. Marc Kestecher and Vince Carter will be on the call for both games.

As of Friday, February 3, LeBron James is 63 points away from Abdul-Jabbar’s 38,387 career points.

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