Boston – Today Entercom Boston announced that they had hired Phil Zachary as their 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 represents a homecoming of sorts for Zachary, whose first paid radio job was as a part-time, on-air announcer at WAAF. Zachary, a 41-year radio veteran, is 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 Operations Manager 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, N.C. There, he served as President and Chief Operating Officer, overseeing the company’s entire slate of radio stations, networks, digital and interactive divisions and print publications. Prior to joining Curtis Media in 2002, he was VP/Market Manager for CBS Radio in 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 new Entercom VP/Market Manager Phil 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 21st. In the meantime, the company announced they had retained the management consultant services of Joel Hollander to assist in the transition. Hollander is the former CEO of both Westwood One and CBS Radio. He will act as the Boston market manager until Zachary can start work full time.
Zachary is incredibly active in his community, volunteering his time and being part of organizations, including The Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau Board of Directors, Wake Technical Community College Board of Trustees and the North Carolina Children’s Hospital Board of Visitors.
He has also been an advisor to the communication departments at Elon University, Appalachian State, High Point University and North Carolina State University. Zachary currently sits on the Board of Directors for the Radio Advertising Bureau, the radio industry’s national leadership and advocacy organization.
7 thoughts on “Entercom Boston Announces Phil Zachary As New VP/Market Manager”
Count D+C in as pretty happy, along with Ordway and Pete Sheppard, at this news. They spent a good 30+ minutes “discussing” the move.
D&C talking about their favorite subject (Themselves) riveting radio.
The President of Entercom Satation Group is named Weezie? WTF?
This smacks of “Breaking! Bo Porter announced as new manager of the Houston Astros!”
I wonder if good ol’ Phil will say, ‘We welcome the competition’ in reference to 98.5, like his predecessor did.
And as for ‘some of the best call letters in history,’ I guess we can also say that NEWSWEEK was one of the best magazines in history, too.
Aside from the weekly hit-jobs the Globe runs on WEEI, is there a long-term strategy for WEEI in its future that isn’t becoming ESPN full-time or selling?
It’s been pointed out here by good observers that despite the turn of events, they still pull in 2s and 3s in the shares. It’s not what they once did but it’s clearly better than what 850/1510 do, in the fractions of shares. Can they just keep the Sox, continuing with the affiliate network, and keeping a 6-12 rotation, just without “higher-paid marquee talent”, similar to NESN’s approach, including asking existing talent to take salary reductions to stay? IE: D+C still pull numbers in, but not worth the reported 500-750k, but they’d rather stay making 100k or something around there, as the station also does not want to replace either?
Now that Jon and Jerry can take off the gloves and talk politics again they’ll be rocketing to the top of the ratings book in record time. Don’t forget their yearly tribute to the sick and dying which they use for duck and cover the remaining 364 days of the year. Pathetic jive ass hacks.
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