Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Philly Radio: KYW Adds Denise Nakano As News Anchor

Denise Nakano
A little more than a month after veteran news anchor Denise Nakano left NBC10, she has joined KYW Newsradio 1060-AM. Nakano made the announcement on social media Tuesday, saying, “I’m excited to announce I have joined the news team at KYW Newsradio. Just wrapped up an amazing week of training.”

A spokeswoman for KYW parent company Entercom Communications Corp. said Nakano will be a part-time news anchor, The Philly Business Journal reports.

Nakano left NBC10 on June 1 after 17 years as a reporter and anchor there. She indicated via social media that perhaps her departure was not her doing, saying “I accept there is no playbook in 2020” before thanking her longtime viewers. Reports at the time were that NBC10 had “begun the process of offering buyouts to employees who were interested.”

Nakano had been NBC10’s weekend evening anchor for many years and has won six Emmy awards and an Edward R. Murrow award for her work.

By joining KYW, Nakano will be partnering with her former NBC10 colleagues. In February, KYW cut ties with its longtime television partner CBS3 and signed what it called a “multiplatform content distribution partnership” with NBC10 (WCAU-TV) and its sister station Telemundo62 (WWSI). The announcement came just days after KYW moved out of CBS3’s offices and into Entercom's (NYSE: ETM) new headquarters at 2400 Market St.

Comcast-owned NBC10 and Telemundo62 moved in 2018 from their longtime home on City Avenue in Bala Cynwyd to new studios at the Comcast Technology Center, where they occupy 80,000 square feet on floors 12 through 14.

Neither Entercom nor KYW could be immediately reached to confirm the addition of Nakano. In April, Entercom decided to “eliminate or furlough a significant number of positions” as the spread of Covid-19 severely curtailed advertising revenue. In late June, Entercom Chairman and CEO David Field said the company would restore full salaries for its roughly 4,400 employees in July. Other cost-cutting measures, though, will remain in effect for the remainder of the year to offset a portion of lost revenue.

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