Deal Signed as Deneroff Celebrates his 30th Anniversary with Westwood One
New York, March 19, 2019 — Westwood One, the largest audio network in the U.S., announces a multi-year contract extension for Howard Deneroff, EVP/Executive Producer of Westwood One Sports. Deneroff, who is celebrating his 30th year at Westwood One, has been the division’s executive producer since 2008. He will continue to direct, coordinate, and execute all of the on-air coverage and production elements for Westwood One’s live national radio play-by-play broadcasts and continue his role in talent and rights negotiations between Westwood One and its many prominent broadcast partners.
Throughout his accomplished career at Westwood One Sports, Deneroff has directed, coordinated and produced the network’s coverage of the NFL and the Super Bowl; NCAA Championship properties, including the Men’s Basketball Tournament and the Final Four in English and Spanish; the Olympics; the NHL and Stanley Cup Playoffs; the Masters; PGA Championship; and the Triple Crown of Horse Racing. During his tenure, he has been part of 29 Super Bowl broadcasts, 17 Final Four broadcasts, 12 Stanley Cup Finals, 8 World Series, and 8 Olympic Games. Earlier in his career, Deneroff also served as Coordinating Producer for CBS Radio Sports’ Spanish-language coverage of the NFL and Major League Baseball.
Suzanne Grimes, EVP Marketing, CUMULUS MEDIA and President, Westwood One, said, “Howie Deneroff’s encyclopedic knowledge and uncompromising commitment to creating the highest quality sports programming is recognized universally by coaches, athletes, our affiliates, our audience, and advertisers. We are privileged and proud that Howie will remain at the helm of our exceptional sports broadcast coverage and league partnerships.”
Bruce Gilbert, SVP, Sports, CUMULUS MEDIA and Westwood One, added “There are a million reasons why so many in the industry refer to Howie as ‘the best in the business,’ because it’s true. Howie’s professionalism, work ethic, and passion for the audio presentation of the world’s biggest sporting events are second to none.”
Said Deneroff, “I’m grateful for the opportunity to continue working at a job I love and have loved since day one. There is nothing that replicates the excitement and drama of live sporting events, and to be able to produce broadcasts for so many great games and historical events for Westwood One over the years has been a pleasure and an absolute honor.”
Deneroff has been a guest lecturer on radio sports production for several institutions such as Syracuse University, Fordham University, Montclair State University, the Ohio Center for Broadcasting, and the Colorado Media School. For the last 13 years he has also been a faculty member for the radio portion of “NFL Broadcast Boot Camp” and “NFL Journalism Boot Camp” week-long seminars, hosted by the NFL, to teach broadcasting skills to current and former players.
About Westwood One Sports
Westwood One Sports is home to some of the most exciting sports broadcasts on radio. In addition to NCAA Basketball, including the NCAA Men’s and Women’s Tournaments and the Final Four; it is also the exclusive provider of the Frozen Four®, the Men’s Lacrosse Championship, and the Men’s and Women’s College World Series®. In addition, Westwood One has been the exclusive network radio partner to the NFL since 1987. Its other properties include the Masters, the Olympics, the Kentucky Derby, the NHL, The Stanley Cup Final, and more. Westwood One also distributes NBC Sports Radio and CBS Sports Radio sports talk. On social media, join the Westwood One Sports community on Facebook at facebook.com/westwoodonesports and Twitter at twitter.com/westwood1sports. For more information, visit www.westwoodonesports.com.
About Westwood One
Westwood One, the national-facing arm of CUMULUS MEDIA, offers iconic, nationally syndicated sports, news and entertainment content to 245 million listeners each week across an audio network of 8,000 affiliated broadcast radio stations and media partners. Westwood One is the largest audio network in America, home to premium content that defines the culture, including the NFL, the NCAA, the Masters, the Olympics, Westwood One Backstage, the GRAMMYs, the Academy of Country Music Awards, and the Billboard Music Awards. The rapidly growing Westwood One Podcast Network delivers popular network and industry personalities and programs. Westwood One connects listeners with their passions through programs and platforms that have everyone listening. For more information please visit www.westwoodone.com.
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