Phil Zachary Named VP/Market Manager For Entercom-Boston
October 1, 2013
Entercom-Boston has hired Phil Zachary as its new Vice President and Market Manager. The Entercom cluster in Boston includes WEEI-FM, ESPN on WEEI-AM, WAAF, WRKO and The Boston Red Sox Radio Network.
This is a homecoming for Zachary, whose first paid radio job was as a part-time, on-air announcer at WAAF. Zachary is a 41-year radio veteran, a Connecticut native and graduate of Holy Cross. He began his radio career in Worcester followed by stints in Providence and Boston. While in Boston, Zachary served as OM at the old WITS 1510. There his role included direct oversight of both Red Sox and Bruins play-by-play.
Zachary comes to Entercom from Curtis Media Group in Raleigh, NC, where he served as President/COO. Prior to joining Curtis Media in 2002, he was VP/Market Manager for CBS Radio-Washington, D.C. Zachary has held similar senior executive positions for HMW Communications and Voyager Communications in Raleigh and Clear Channel Media and Entertainment in New Orleans.
Entercom Station Group President Weezie Kramer said, "Phil is the right person at the right time for Entercom Boston. He is a leader and a listener. He understands the challenges we face but he also sees the tremendous opportunity we have. Phil believes in the strength of our brands, the dynamic nature of our content and the true potential of our team."
"The only reason to leave a great job in radio is for one of the absolute best jobs in radio," said Zachary. "Make no mistake—WAAF, WEEI and WRKO are not only some of the greatest call letters in Boston radio history, but some of the best brands in our industry. This amazing opportunity brings me back to my New England roots and the place I started my radio career. There are great challenges ahead, not to mention best of-class competition, but I look forward to it and can’t wait to get started."
Zachary will begin at Entercom Boston on October 21. In the meantime, the company has retained the management consultant services of Joel Hollander to assist in the transition. Hollander will act as the Boston market manager until Zachary can begin full time.