CBS RADIO today announced a number of key management positions for CBS Sports Radio, utilizing its most experienced executives to develop, innovate and guide what will be the largest major market radio network.
Longtime Sports Radio 66 WFAN employee Eric Spitz will take on the role of Director of Programming with responsibility for talent development, scheduling, on-air presentation and production. He will report to Chris Oliviero, Senior Vice President of Programming, CBS RADIO who will also oversee the day-to-day operations of the network. Spitz has served as the Program Director for WFAN, the most listened to sports radio station in the country, since 2005.
“Eric has a unique skill set ideal for building a sports radio network as proven by his tremendous success at WFAN,” said Oliviero. “Eric has been involved with the pioneering radio station since the beginning and watched the format grow from its infancy to what is now one of the most successful in the industry. His perspective is exactly what’s needed to launch a sports radio brand that can stand the test of time. And his selection for this critical position proves the value we are putting on leadership with a strong editorial track record in sports programming.”
Added Oliviero, “We are also fortunate to be able to call on the expertise of Mark Chernoff, who is without a doubt the most successful sports radio program director of all time. Mark has been one of the principals helping to lay the foundation for CBS Sports Radio and his continued guidance will be a huge advantage as we craft programming we are confident will be of great interest to our affiliates around the country.”
Spitz is a WFAN original, hired as a desk assistant when the station signed on the air on July 1, 1987. He moved up the producer ranks before being named as the station’s assistant program director in the early 90’s. In 2002, Spitz was named Vice President, Operations and Programming for Westwood One’s Shadow/Metro Traffic. He held that position for three years before returning to WFAN as the station’s program director.
Additionally, Spitz has produced Olympic coverage for Westwood One – Seoul (1988), Barcelona (1992), Atlanta (1996), Sydney (2000) and Salt Lake City (2002).
Oliviero was named Senior Vice President of Programming for CBS RADIO in 2009. In this position, he is part of the corporate team overseeing all programming initiatives on-air and online for the company’s 127 radio stations. He also plays a key role in the company’s search for both established and up and coming talent.
He began his career with CBS RADIO in 1996 as an intern for the Howard Stern Show. Upon his graduation from New York University in 1998, Oliviero joined WFAN as producer and two years later was named executive producer for WNEW 102.7FM. He joined CBS RADIO’s corporate staff as program coordinator in January 2004, and has also served as Director, Original Programming and Vice President of Programming.
Oliviero has played a pivotal role in CBS RADIO’s FM sports expansion into such major markets as Dallas, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, Atlanta, Boston, Detroit, and Pittsburgh. In 2007, along with Chernoff, he was instrumental in bringing the highly-rated Boomer and Carton program to morning drive on WFAN.
Since 2005, Chernoff has been operations director of WFAN. He previously was program director since 1993. He is integral in formulating and executing strategies that grow the WFAN brand, and also manages the station’s relationships with the various local professional sports franchises. During his tenure, WFAN has been honored with a number of NAB Marconi Radio Awards for Station of the Year as well as Major Market Personality of the Year. The station has also raised more than $30 million for local charities via its annual radiothon.
Chernoff also is Vice President, Sports Programming, CBS RADIO. In this role, he guides the company’s sports radio strategy and presides over the format currently broadcast on 18 stations nationwide.
CBS Sports Radio will offer around-the-clock national sports coverage and programming, harnessing the power and resources of CBS RADIO and the award-winning CBS Sports. High-profile figures from CBS Sports, CBS Sports Network and CBSSports.com will play a prominent role on CBS Sports Radio which will reach more than 10 million listeners at launch. The 24/7 all-sports talk radio lineup debuts on Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013. Original programs across multiple weekday and weekend time periods will feature expert sports commentary and interviews with major sports figures along with listener calls and fan interaction. Cumulus Media Networks serves as the exclusive syndicator and sales partner for CBS Sports Radio.