Cumulus Media has announced a pair of management promotions at Sports 680 KNBR and 1050 KTCT San Francisco.
Lee Hammer, Program Director of KNBR since 2005 and KTCT from 1998-2016, has been promoted the the newly created role of Vice President of Sports Play-by-Play Programming for Cumulus San Francisco overseeing all San Francisco Giants and 49ers broadcasts. Concurrently, Jeremiah Crowe who joined Cumulus last year as KTCT PD and KNBR Assistant Program Director, will take the programming reigns at KNBR.
Cumulus Media announces that it has bolstered its sports radio programming leadership team in San Francisco for heritage Bay Area sports stations KNBR 680 and KNBR 1050 (KTCT). The company has promoted seasoned sports talk radio programmer and producer Jeremiah Crowe to Program Director for both stations, rising from his previous role as Program Director of KNBR 1050 (KTCT) and Assistant Program Director of KNBR 680. Lee Hammer, who served as Program Director of KNBR 680 for the last 12 years and was Program Director for KNBR 1050 (KTCT) for over 19 years, rises to the newly created position of Vice President, Sports Play-by-Play Programming for Cumulus Media-San Francisco.
Crowe was previously at ESPN in Bristol, CT, and served as the producer of Mike and Mike in the Morning, The Herd with Colin Cowherd, SportsNation, NFL Countdown to Kickoff, College Gameday, RaceDay, and Fantasy Focus on ESPN Radio. Prior to joining Cumulus last year, he was the Assistant Program Director of KGMZ, 95.7 “The Game” in San Francisco.
Hammer started his career at KXRX in San Jose as a News Editor and Talk Show Producer, and then served KCBS in San Francisco as a News Editor for 16 years, before joining KNBR and KTCT. He has also produced and engineered Stanford football and San Francisco Giants baseball, and produced Oakland Raiders football and San Francisco 49ers football.
Justin Wittmayer, Vice President/Market Manager, Cumulus Media-San Francisco, said: “Jeremiah Crowe and Lee Hammer are the “Dream Team” for outstanding sports radio programming and together, will continue to drive the growth of these powerhouse sports stations. Jeremiah has done a remarkable job leading the re-launch of KNBR 1050 over the past year, while expanding our high-engagement social media platforms for Bay Area sports fans. In this new role as Program Director of both KNBR 680 and KNBR 1050, he will focus his considerable expertise and efforts into growing these stations and the KNBR brand as the Bay Area’s most powerful name in sports programming.”
Wittmayer added: “As VP, Sports Play-by-Play Programming for Cumulus Media-San Francisco, Lee Hammer is a major asset to our senior leadership team. This appointment reflects our continued investment in KNBR, with an enhanced focus on our play-by-play partners, the Giants and the 49ers, and our commitment to bringing the very best play-by-play programming to Bay Area sports fans.”
Crowe said: “This is an opportunity to bring a fresh perspective to a strong KNBR brand that means so much to Bay Area sports fans. Our format is at a pivotal point in its evolution, and the KNBR staff is primed to pioneer a landscape where terrestrial radio and digital assets are converging. I want to thank Lee Hammer and Cumulus leadership for their support. I couldn’t be more excited to get started in my new role as Program Director.”
Hammer said: “The relationships we have with our play-by-play partners, the Giants and the 49ers, are key components to the overall success of KNBR. This new role will allow me to devote more time to enhance and expand these key partnerships, resulting in increased value for our listeners and our clients.”