Entercom Announces Leadership Changes for Los Angeles Market
Mike Kaplan Promoted to Brand Manager for KROQ, Ralph Stewart Elevated to Brand Manager for 93.1 JACK FM
Kevin Weatherly To Step Down from Role as Senior Vice President, Programming
PHILADELPHIA, PA – February 27, 2020 – Entercom, a leading media and entertainment company and the #1 creator of live, original, local audio content, today 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. Mike Kaplan, Senior Vice President of Programming, will assume Brand Manager responsibilities for KROQ (KROQ-FM), in addition to his current roles as the Company’s Alternative Format Captain and Brand Manager for ALT 92.3 (WNYL-FM) in New York.
As part of the leadership changes, Entercom has named Ralph Stewart as Brand Manager for 93.1 JACK FM (KCBS-FM). Stewart previously served as Operations Manager for 93.1 JACK FM since 2010 and is currently the Brand Manager for 94.7 The Wave (KTWV-FM). Additionally, Chris Ebbott, Brand Manager, K-EARTH 101 (KRTH-FM), and Yesi Ortiz will serve as interim programming leaders for 97.1 AMP Radio (KAMP-FM) 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.
“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.”
“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. “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.
KROQ, 93.1 JACK FM and 97.1 AMP Radio are RADIO.COM stations. RADIO.COM, the fastest growing digital audio app in the United States and the leader in local sports coverage, currently has over 500 stations and thousands of podcasts, with more added continuously on its rapidly growing platform. RADIO.COM is a part of Entercom.
About Entercom Communications Corp.
Entercom Communications Corp. (NYSE: ETM) is a leading American media and entertainment company reaching and engaging over 170 million people each month through its premier collection of highly rated, award winning radio stations, digital platforms and live events. As one of the country’s two largest radio broadcasters, Entercom offers integrated marketing solutions and delivers the power of local connection on a national scale with coverage of close to 90% of persons 12+ in the top 50 markets. Entercom is the #1 creator of live, original, local audio content and the nation’s unrivaled leader in news and sports radio. Learn more about Philadelphia-based Entercom at www.audacyinc.wpengine.com, Facebook and Twitter (@Entercom).