ESPN Announces Los Angeles and Chicago Program Directors
ESPN Radio announced today that Mike Thompson and Adam Delevitt will take over as Program Directors of the network’s owned stations in Los Angeles and Chicago, respectively.
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Thompson has been named PD at KSPN, 710 ESPN in Los Angeles, overseeing all aspects of programming, talent development, and the station’s play-by-play of the Los Angeles Lakers, USC football and men’s basketball, and AM 830 KLAA (The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim). He will also work on integrating the station’s digital site into the framework of 710 ESPN.
Delevitt, who has been with Chicago’s ESPN 1000 (WMVP-AM) since 1998, will be responsible for the station’s on-air sound and programming strategy, along with overall imaging and talent development as PD. He will also work closely with the Sales, Traffic/Continuity, Marketing/Promotions, Production and Engineering teams.
“We’re proud to strengthen two of our O&O’s with the distinctive talents Mike and Adam bring to their new and richly deserved positions — Mike with 16 years of national experience, and Adam with unabashed Windy City passion as a lifelong Chicagoan who’s been with ESPN Radio 1000 since 1998,” says Tim McCarthy, Senior Vice President, ESPN Radio Group. “Each brings with them the skill to find the best on-air personalities available in L.A. and Chicago to serve their market’s sports fans. That we are able to stay ‘in house’ to put such qualified people in these high-profiled positions speaks to the depth of talent at all levels of ESPN Radio.”
Thompson, who had been General Manager and PD at WEAE, 1250 ESPN in Pittsburgh, began his career at WCNN in Atlanta, laid the format foundation for one of the most successful stations, Sports Radio 1310 The Ticket in Dallas/Ft. Worth, and programmed ESPN’s WEPN, 1050 ESPN in New York. As Senior Director of Digital Media, Thompson created content for ESPN branded channels on Sirius and XM Satellite Radio. He returns to Southern California where he programmed XTRA Sports 1150 and The Los Angeles Dodgers Radio Network in the late 90’s.
Delevitt had been Assistant Program Director at ESPN 1000 the past four years after serving as Executive Producer of The Afternoon Saloon from 2001-2006 and producer of The Huge Show from 1999 to 2001. Previously, he worked in the sports departments of WGN Radio and WGN TV.
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