Entercom Taps War Hero David Bellavia to Host Morning Show on WBEN in Buffalo
PHILADELPHIA, PA – July 21, 2020 – Entercom, a leading media and entertainment company and the undisputed leader in local news talk radio, announced the return of former U.S. Army Staff Sergeant and on-air host David Bellavia as morning show host for WBEN (WBEN-AM), the voice of news in Buffalo. Bellavia will be heard weekdays from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. ET, beginning August 3.
“David is a true representation of an American patriot and the perfect choice to help unite our listeners each morning,” said Tim Holly, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Entercom Buffalo. “David has a bright on-air future ahead of him and we’re excited about his return to the WBEN airwaves.”
“I have a deep respect for Sandy Beach and am truly humbled to have my own program on WBEN,” said Bellavia. “My goal is to completely reinvent how local talk radio is perceived and make WBEN the place where Buffalo comes together to start their day.”
David Bellavia joined WBEN as an on-air host in 2013 and served as an afternoon show co-host alongside Tom Bauerle from 2016 to 2019. In 2019, he took a leave from the station to tour the country on behalf of the U.S. Army following his receipt of the prestigious Medal of Honor. Since enlisting in the United States Army in 1999, Bellavia has been awarded the Silver Star for his actions during the Second Battle of Fallujah, the Bronze Star, three Army Commendation Medals, two Army Achievement Medals and the New York State Conspicuous Service Cross. He is also the best-selling author of ‘House to House: An Epic Memoir of War,’ former Congressional candidate and a frequent speaker nationally.
Listeners can tune in to WBEN (WBEN-AM) in Buffalo on air, as well as nationwide on the RADIO.COM app and website. Fans can also connect with the station on social media via Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
About Entercom Communications Corp.
Entercom Communications Corp. (NYSE: ETM) is a leading audio and entertainment company engaging over 170 million consumers each month through its iconic broadcast brands, expansive digital platform, premium podcast network and live events and experiences. With presence in every major U.S. market, and accessible on every device, Entercom delivers the industry’s most compelling live and on-demand content and experiences from voices and influencers its communities trust and love. The company’s robust portfolio of assets and integrated solutions offer advertisers today’s most engaged audiences through targeted reach, brand amplification and local activation—all at national scale. Entercom is the unrivaled leader in local radio sports and news and the #1 creator of live, original local audio content in the U.S. Learn more at www.audacyinc.wpengine.com, Facebook and Twitter (@Entercom).