Senior Vice President/GM, Audio Play-By-Play & New York/LA Radio
Tim McCarthy is the senior vice president/general manager, audio play-by-play & New York/LA radio. His oversight includes ESPN 98.7 FM New York and ESPN LA 710, both of ESPN’s operated stations. McCarthy also leads all play-by-play production across ESPN Audio properties by assessing contracts, increasing revenue and working towards maximizing scheduling opportunities across the stations and network. He’s held his current role since 2010, adding leadership of ESPN LA 710 to his slate in January 2020.
Prior to his current role, McCarthy was senior vice president, ESPN owned and operated radio stations. He also served as president and general manager of ESPN New York, since the station first started broadcasting in September 2001.
In addition to ESPN’s national lineup of talk shows, 98.7FM in New York is the radio home of The Michael Kay Show with Don La Greca and Peter Rosenberg and the New York Jets, New York Knicks and New York Rangers. McCarthy is also responsible for hiring talent such as Stephen A. Smith, Max Kellerman and Michael Kay.
He joined the Disney Group of radio stations in 1990, serving first as an account executive with WPLJ-FM, and three years later became sales director for both 77WABC and WPLJ. McCarthy became general manager for news/talk 77WABC in 1998 and presided over the station as GM. WABC became the number one news talk station in the nation under his leadership. He held the dual roles of GM for 77WABC and 1050 ESPN Radio until 2006.
Among McCarthy’s many industry honors, he has been named News/Talk GM of the Year from Radio and Records and was selected as one of the nation’s 10 best managers by Radio Ink Magazine.
McCarthy is a lifelong New Yorker with a B.A. degree from Iona College in New Rochelle and an MBA from Long Island University in Brooklyn.