Friday, February 28, 2020

L-A Radio: Kevin Weatherly EXITS Entercom, PDs Get Shuffled

Entercom Thursday announced new leadership updates for its Los Angeles cluster as Kevin Weatherly steps down from his role as Senior Vice President of Programming for Entercom Los Angeles.

Kevin Weatherly
Mike Kaplan, Senior Vice President of Programming, will assume Brand Manager responsibilities for KROQ 106.7 FM, in addition to his current roles as the Company’s Alternative Format Captain and Brand Manager for WNYL ALT 92.3 FM in New York.

As part of the leadership changes, Entercom has named Ralph Stewart as Brand Manager for 93.1 KCBS JackFM. Stewart previously served as Operations Manager for 93.1 JACK FM since 2010 and is currently the Brand Manager for ktwv 94.7 The Wave. 

Mike Kaplan
Additionally, Chris Ebbott, Brand Manager, KRTH K-EARTH 101, and Yesi Ortiz will serve as interim programming leaders for KAMP 97.1 AMP Radio while a national search is conducted. Ebbott has led K-EARTH to record breaking ratings over the past five years and Ortiz was named Music Director for the station in August 2018 and is also the host of the station’s afternoon show.

Ralph Stewart
“Mike’s name is synonymous with alternative music and I’m delighted to welcome him back to Los Angeles. Along with Ralph, Chris and Yesi, this dynamic team will usher in the future of our brands in this important music market,” said Jeff Federman, Regional President, Entercom. “I’d like to thank Kevin for his years of dedicated contributions to our premier collection of brands and our company. He has certainly made his mark here and we wish him the absolute best in his new role.”

Chris Ebbott
“I’m thrilled to expand my role to lead programming efforts for the World Famous KROQ, a fixture and taste maker in the Los Angeles music scene,” said Mike Kaplan, Senior Vice President of Programming, Entercom.

Yesi Ortiz
“I look forward to working alongside Jeff and the team to continue delivering exceptional content and unforgettable live events for our loyal listeners.”

Kaplan returned to Entercom as Senior Vice President of Programming and Brand Manager for ALT 92.3 in May 2018 and was named Alternative Format Captain in 2019. During his first stint with the Company, he served as Program Director for sister stations 107.7 The End (KNDD-FM) in Seattle and 96.5 The Buzz (KRBZ-FM) in Kansas City.

Other career highlights include Program Director roles for iHeartRadio’s KYSR-FM in Los Angeles and Nassau Broadcasting’s WJLK and WBBO.

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