CBS RADIO today announced the promotion of Chris Oliviero to Executive Vice President, Programming. The appointment is effective immediately. Oliviero has served as Senior Vice President, Programming for the past four years, and has worked at CBS RADIO in various capacities since 1996.
In this new role, Oliviero will lead programming development and operations for CBS RADIO’s 126 news, sports, talk and music stations nationwide, as well as manage talent relations and explore new business partnerships and acquisitions. Additionally, he will maintain his role overseeing CBS Sports Radio.
“Chris has been a valued member of our senior leadership team, creating opportunities and initiatives that provide an exceptional listening experience and extend the CBS RADIO brand,” said Dan Mason, President and CEO, CBS RADIO. “He has demonstrated a profound understanding of collaboration across our local station management, sales and digital teams to drive growth, and brings a contemporary perspective into the ever changing media landscape. Chris is a true industry leader and a respected colleague to everyone at CBS RADIO.”
“CBS RADIO has afforded me the chance to work with an amazingly talented group of professionals – all who share my enthusiasm for radio and its unquestionably bright future,” said Oliviero. “We’ve assembled an outstanding line-up of multi-platform assets that not only showcase our unmatched collection of exclusive content, but also provide additional opportunities to introduce our industry leading brands to new audiences each and every day. I look forward to continuing these efforts by partnering with (SVP of Programming) Greg Strassell along with all our program directors in the years to come.”
Oliviero was named Senior Vice President of Programming for CBS RADIO in 2009, while taking on a supervisory role for CBS Sports Radio in 2012. He provides creative oversight of the division’s search for both established and up-and-coming talent, and has been instrumental in CBS RADIO’s expansion of sports radio on FM, including launches in New York, Dallas, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, Atlanta, Boston, Detroit, Tampa, Baltimore, Pittsburgh and Cleveland. Oliviero has recruited a highly sought after roster of personalities to CBS RADIO stations and also manages the division’s national public service initiatives.
As part of CBS Sports Radio’s executive management team, Oliviero played a pivotal role in the development of the newly formed network. He led the hiring of marquee talent and well-known industry experts Jim Rome, Tiki Barber, Dana Jacobson, Brandon Tierney, Doug Gottlieb, John Feinstein, Scott Ferrall, Damon Amendolara, and Boomer Esiason, and directs the programming strategy for the around-the-clock national sports network which launched full-time in January 2013.
He began his career with CBS RADIO in 1996 as an intern for THE HOWARD STERN SHOW. Upon his graduation from New York University in 1998, Oliviero joined Sportsradio 660AM WFAN as producer. In 2000, he was named Executive Producer for WNEW 102.7FM. Oliviero became part of CBS RADIO’s corporate staff as program coordinator in January 2004, and from July 2004 until July 2005 served as Director, Original Programming before being named Vice President of Programming.