CBS Radio has announced a number of key management positions for its new CBS Sports Radio network. Longtime Sports Radio 66 WFAN/New York employee Eric Spitz will take on the role of Director of Programming with responsibility for talent development, scheduling, on-air presentation and production. He will report to Chris Oliviero, SVP of Programming for CBS Radio who will also oversee the day-to-day operations of the network. Spitz has served as the PD for WFAN since 2005.
"Eric has a unique skill set ideal for building a sports radio network as proven by his tremendous success at WFAN," said Oliviero. "Eric has been involved with the pioneering radio station since the beginning and watched the format grow from its infancy to what is now one of the most successful in the industry. His perspective is exactly whatís needed to launch a sports radio brand that can stand the test of time. And his selection for this critical position proves the value we are putting on leadership with a strong editorial track record in sports programming."
Added Oliviero, "We are also fortunate to be able to call on the expertise of Mark Chernoff, who is without a doubt the most successful sports radio program director of all time. Mark has been one of the principals helping to lay the foundation for CBS Sports Radio and his continued guidance will be a huge advantage as we craft programming we are confident will be of great interest to our affiliates around the country."
Spitz was hired by WFAN as a desk assistant when the station signed on the air on July 1, 1987. He moved up the producer ranks before being named as the station's APD in the early 90ís. In 2002, Spitz was named VP of Operations and Programming for Westwood One's Shadow/Metro Traffic. He held that position for three years before returning to WFAN as the stationís program director. Additionally, Spitz has produced Olympic coverage for Westwood One - Seoul (1988), Barcelona (1992), Atlanta (1996), Sydney (2000) and Salt Lake City (2002).
Oliviero was named SVP of Programming for CBS Radio in 2009. In this position, he is part of the corporate team overseeing all programming initiatives on-air and online for the companyís 127 radio stations. He also plays a key role in the companyís search for both established and up and coming talent.
He began his career with CBS Radio in 1996 as an intern for the Howard Stern Show. In 1998, Oliviero joined WFAN as producer and two years later was named executive producer for WNEW 102.7FM. He joined CBS Radio's corporate staff as program coordinator in January 2004, and has also served as Director of Original Programming and VP of Programming. Oliviero has played a pivotal role in CBS Radio's FM sports expansion into such major markets as Dallas, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, Atlanta, Boston, Detroit and Pittsburgh. In 2007, along with Chernoff, he was instrumental in bringing the highly-rated Boomer and Carton program to morning drive on WFAN.
Since 2005, Chernoff has been Operations Director of WFAN. He previously was PD since 1993. He is integral in formulating and executing strategies that grow the WFAN brand, and also manages the station's relationships with the various local professional sports franchises. Chernoff also is VP of Sports Programming for CBS Radio. In this role, he guides the companyís sports radio strategy and presides over the format currently broadcast on 18 stations nationwide.