NEW YORK, NY. – Entercom Communications (NYSE:ETM) Four Program Directors have been named among Billboard’s Top 25 Influential Rock Programmers of 2016. Jim Fox (KRXQ 98 Rock & Radio 94.7, San Diego, CA), Scott “Lazlo” Geiger (96.5 The Buzz, Kansas City, MO), Mark Hamilton (KNRK 97/7 FM, Portland, OR), and Ryan Castle (KISW 99.9 FM, Seattle, WA) have been hand-selected by industry executives for their ability to shape the future of new rock music.
“Our ability to have a pulse on the music industry is something I’m very proud of,” said Entercom Seattle Vice President of Programming and Operations, Dave Richards. “These guys have done an amazing job of tuning into their listeners and identifying radio hits.”
Pat Paxton, Entercom’s President of Programming added: “This is just one more example of the industry recognizing Entercom Program Directors, who are the best in the business, hands down. I could not be more proud of each recipient and their outstanding achievements.”
Before pioneering Kansas City, Missouri’s afternoon drive talk show, “The Church of Lazlo,” Scott “Lazlo” Geiger made a name for himself in radio. Working in Jacksonville, FL, Key West, FL, Detroit, MI and Seattle, WA, Lazlo first appeared on the Midwestern airwaves in 2003. His unique style of engaging listeners and groundbreaking segments has made him a leader in alternative radio programming.
London-born Mark Hamilton has been credited for helping give big rock acts such as Mumford & Suns and Neon Trees attain their first major radio exposure in the United States. While in Portland, Hamilton launched KNRK’s wildly successful weekly “New Music Heaven Show,” which ranks No. 2 among men 18-24 in the market.
Originally from Las Vegas, Jim Fox joined Entercom in 2003. He discovered his passion for radio in high school before starting his programming career in 1991. Jim revealed, “I’m thankful to have been able to experience all of the amazing things radio has afforded me to see and do.”
Ryan Castle was an avid KISW listener while growing up in western Washington. He began his radio career in 1994, working in markets such as Yakima, WA, Des Moines, IA, Minneapolis, MN, Birmingham, AL, Milwaukee WI, and Miami, FL, before returning home to Seattle in 2003.
The May 14th issue of Billboard is now on stands.
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Entercom Communications Corp. (NYSE: ETM) founded in 1968, is the fourth-largest radio broadcasting company in the US. Entercom’s portfolio includes 124 highly rated radio stations in 27 top markets. Laser focused on investing in local communities, content and talent, our brands reach and engage 40 million people a week. We are known for developing unique and highly successful locally programmed stations, delivering a curated mix of outstanding local personalities, and a broad range of compelling music, news, talks and sports content. With the integration of SmartReach Digital into our product suite, we deliver unparalleled ROI by connecting brands to audiences through our branded sites and over 4,000 events a year.