Entercom On-Air Host David Bellavia to Receive Medal of Honor
President Donald Trump to Recognize Former United States Army Staff Sergeant and Current WBEN Host
PHILADELPHIA, PA – June 12, 2019 – Entercom, a leading media and entertainment company and one of the two largest radio broadcasters in the U.S., proudly congratulates on-air host David Bellavia for his upcoming receipt of the prestigious Medal of Honor. Bellavia, who co-hosts “Bauerle and Bellavia” on WBEN (WBEN-AM) in Buffalo, will be recognized by President Donald Trump for conspicuous gallantry while serving as Staff Sergeant in the United States Army during a ceremony at the White House on June 25.
Bellavia is credited for rescuing an entire squad, clearing an insurgent strongpoint and saving many members of his platoon as a part of Operation Phantom Fury in Fallujah, Iraq on November 10, 2004.
“Hearing David’s story in his own words gives you a real understanding of what patriotism truly means,” said Greg Ried, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Entercom Buffalo. “We are extremely proud to work side by side with a true American hero.”
“To me, it gives a lot of credibility to our unit. This award is our award,” said Bellavia. “You care for your hometown, you care for your country, you care for your friends, but that’s something that separates us from all the other enemies we fight…we love what we do and we love who we are protecting.”
David Bellavia enlisted in the United States Army in 1999. Bellavia was previously awarded the Silver Star for his actions during the Second Battle of Fallujah. He has also received the Bronze Star, three Army Commendation Medals, two Army Achievement Medals and the New York State Conspicuous Service Cross. Bellavia joined WBEN as an on-air host in 2013.
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The Medal of Honor is awarded to members of the Armed Forces who distinguish themselves conspicuously by gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of their own lives above and beyond the call of duty while engaged in an action against an enemy of the United States; engaged in military operations involving conflict with an opposing foreign force; or serving with friendly foreign forces engaged in an armed conflict against an opposing armed force in which the United States is not a belligerent party.
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).