December 28, 2009
ESPN Radio, to continue to create and distribute content and remain strong in the market place, has made a series of personnel announcements at the network and station levels.
The announcement impacts the country’s largest sports radio network, and all related content created for digital platforms including live audio streaming on ESPNRadio.com, more than 100 original podcasts available on iTunes and the ESPN PodCenter and mobile access to live, crystal clear radio streams, fan favorite shows, podcasts and more through the ESPN Radio mobile app available on the Apple iTunes App Store. The ESPN Station Group consists of ESPN Radio’s
Mo Davenport assumes the role of Sr. Vice President, ESPN Radio, responsible for the leadership, management and oversight of ESPN Audio, which includes ESPN Radio, and all related content created for digital platforms and ESPN Station Group. He will continue to report to Traug Keller, Senior Vice President, Production, Business Units.
Tim McCarthy assumes oversight of ESPN Radio’s owned and operated stations as Senior Vice President, ESPN Radio Group, which consists of owned and operated stations in New York (ESPN 1050), Los Angeles (ESPN Radio 710), Chicago (WMVP-AM/ESPN 1000), Dallas/Ft. Worth (KESN-FM/ESPN 103.3FM), and Pittsburgh (ESPN 1250). Previously, McCarthy oversaw the owned stations in New York (as GM, ESPN Radio, 1050), and Pittsburgh. He will report to Davenport.
Dave Roberts, formerly Sr. Coordinating Producer, Studio Production ESPNEWS, replaces McCarthy as Vice President, General Manager, ESPN 1050 Radio, New York. He reports to McCarthy.
Jim Pastor assumes the role of Sr. Vice President of the newly created department, ESPNLocal.com, following the recent launches of ESPNChicago.com, ESPNBoston.com, ESPNDallas.com and ESPNLosAngeles.com. Pastor is responsible for the strategy and development of ESPNLocal.com, coordinating the cross-departmental initiative designed to maximize the fan experience at the local level. He will report to Keller.
John Cravens, Director of Sales at ESPN 1000 (WMVP-AM) in Chicago since 2004, replaces Pastor, becoming that station’s Vice President and General Manager. Cravens, who has been in radio sales for more than 30 years, in a management role for nearly 20, has experience as a major market GM, including ABC Radio stations in Houston (KSRR-FM) and Detroit (KHYT-FM). He reports to McCarthy.
Mike Connolly, formerly with Citadel Broadcasting Corp./The Walt Disney Co., has joined ESPN Radio as Vice President, Audio Sales, based in ESPN’s New York offices. He oversees a team that creates and sells advertising and marketing partnership for all things ESPN Audio — on-air, digital, mobile and on-site — for both English language and Spanish language networks. He reports to Davenport.
ESPN Radio is the country’s largest sports radio network, providing more than 9,000 hours of talk and event content annually to more than 750 stations, including more than 350 full-time affiliates and owned stations in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas and Pittsburgh. ESPN Radio event programming features the NBA (and The Finals), MLB (and the World Series) and college football’s BCS (and regular-season schedule). Weekday studio programming includes: Mike and Mike in the Morning (Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic), 6-10 a.m. ET; The Herd with Colin Cowherd, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; The Scott Van Pelt Show (2-4 p.m.); The Doug Gottlieb Show (4-7 p.m.).
Additionally, ESPNRadio.com is the most listened to sports radio destination online and most listened to digital audio stream in the world, with an average of more than 420,000 monthly listeners and nearly 1.9 million total sessions per month. ESPN Radio content is also available via ESPN’s more than 100 podcasts on iTunes and ESPN’s PodCenter, which are downloaded an average of more than 9.2 million times per month.
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