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Elroy Smith Names KBLX/KRBQ San Francisco OM/PD

Elroy Smith Entercom Q102.1 KRBQ 102.9 KBLX San FranciscoEntercom has announced the hiring of Elroy Smith as Operations Manager/Program Director of Classic Hip-Hop “Q102.1” KRBQ and Urban AC 102.9 KBLX San Francisco.

Smith joins Entercom San Francisco from SummitMedia’s Greenville/Spartanburg cluster where he has served as OM since last March after walking away from a $4.6 million purchase of a Chicago translator in 2014. He replaces Stacy Cunningham as OM and PD of KBLX and Trevor Simpson as PD of KRBQ who both have been let go.

Elroy Smith spent fifteen years from 1992 until 2007 as Program Director of Clear Channel Urban 107.5 WGCI Chicago. He also held Operations Manager duties and programmed Urban AC “V103” 102.7 WVAZ and Gospel “Inspiration 1390” WGRB at time during his Chicago tenure. Smith then headed to Philadelphia as Operations Manager of Radio-One’s group of stations there and Inspirational format director overseeing the company’s Gospel formatted stations until exiting the company in 2014.

Entercom San Francisco announced today the appointment of Elroy R.C. Smith to a newly created position of Operations Manager and Program Director for KBLX-FM AND KRBQ-FM as part of a re-organization to enhance collaboration, and natural synergies between brands as well as operational innovation.

“We are thrilled to welcome Elroy to the Bay Area and to the Entercom family,” commented Steve DiNardo, Vice President and Market Manager of Entercom San Francisco. “He is a career Urban and Rhythmic Programmer who has competed at the highest levels in major markets like Chicago and Philadelphia. His acumen in both programming and operations will be invaluable to our continued success and momentum in the marketplace.” He added, “We also thank Stacy Cunningham and Trevor Simpson for their contributions and wish them continued success in their future endeavors”.

Smith said, “I could not be more excited and grateful to begin my journey in San Francisco! Entercom is the fastest growing and best performing broadcaster in America, and its San Francisco cluster is poised for continued growth. I look forward to working with a stellar team in super-serving our audience with great music, promotions and events and building listener engagement across all of our brands and platforms.” Smith added, “I want to thank, Steve DiNardo, VP & Market Manager of Entercom San Francisco & Pat Paxton, President of Programming for Entercom, for giving me this amazing opportunity to join such a well accomplished and respected company.”

Smith, an icon in the radio industry, was most recently Summit Media’s Operations Director for WJMZ/107-3 JAMZ, WHZT/HOT 98.1, X985 and 97.7 CHUCK FM in Greenville, South Carolina. Previously he served as radio strategist for numerous syndicated shows and programming formats. He is highly awarded with accolades such as WGCI R&R Urban Station of the Year (1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2004, 2005, 2006), Radio Music Awards Urban Programmer of the Year (2005), Marconi Radio Award for Urban Station of the Year (2006) among others.

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Lance Venta is the Owner and Publisher of RadioInsight.com and a consultant for RadioBB Networks specializing in integration of radio and the internet. Lance has two decades of experience tracking the audio industry and its use of digital platforms.

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