Tuesday, January 19, 2016

DC Radio: PD Dan Zampillo to Exit ESPN 980

Less than a year after hiring a new program director, ESPN 980 will again be making changes at the top.

Dan Zampillo
The Washington Post is reporting staffers were told in an e-mail Monday evening that Dan Zampillo — hired last April in the aftermath of the “Man Cave” fiasco — had resigned his position, although he had agreed to work with the station through the transitional period. No replacement was mentioned.

Last month, the Redskins confirmed that Red Zebra broadcasting chief executive Rick Carmean had left the company and would not be replaced. The team also said that Redskins Executive Vice President Terry Bateman, the chairman of Red Zebra, would take a more active role in running the stations, including 980, the team’s flagship station. Bateman said then that the move signaled a closer business relationship between the Redskins and the station, but there would “absolutely not” be increased control of the station’s content.

A Redskins spokesman confirmed Tuesday that the station is “in the process of restructuring.” Zampillo, the former director of programming for Bleacher Report and NBA Radio at SiriusXM Radio, declined to comment.

Monday’s e-mail to 980 staffers thanked Zampillo “for his continuous support,” and asked employees to wish him success in future endeavors.

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