Cumulus Media has promoted veteran San Francisco news/talk/sports radio professional Lee Hammer to operations manager for San Francisco radio stations KGO(AM) and KSFO(AM), and Mike Anthony has been named program director for those stations.
Hammer will continue to serve as operations manager/program director for KNBR(AM) and KTCT(AM). Hammer has been the PD of KTCT for 18 years, and the PD of KNBR for 10 years. He has been interim ops manager/PD for KGO and KSFO since earlier this year. 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 in 1998. He has also produced and engineered Stanford University football and San Francisco Giants baseball, and produced Oakland Raiders football and San Francisco 49ers football.
“Lee has been instrumental in leading KGO and KSFO over the past year while continuing to deliver record breaking ratings for KNBR,” said Cumulus San Francisco Vice President and Market Manager Justin Wittmayer. “We are confident that, with his considerable expertise within the talk format, he will take our news/talk stations to new heights.”
Anthony was formerly general manager of Empire Broadcasting’s KLIV(AM) in San Jose, and prior to that, was senior vice president of programming for Mapleton Communications in Monterey, Calif., for 11 years, where he oversaw programming strategies and content for 41 radio stations and was also market manager for Mapleton’s five FMs in Monterey. He is also owner of ResearchWorks, a Palo Alto-based media research company, which he has operated for nearly 24 years. Anthony has served as CEO of TunesFeed.org, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that uses music surveys as a mechanism to generate food donations while putting a spotlight on the problem of child hunger and food insecurity in communities.
“Mike’s knowledge of the news/talk format and his significant research background made him the ideal candidate to lead the KGO/KSFO team,” said Hammer.