Beasley is promoting from within.
Six months after the firing of Eric Johnson, Chuck Damico will take over as the new Program Director at 97.5 the Fanatic.
He’s a Philadelphia radio veteran, having served as Assistant Program Director at 93.3 WMMR and Program Director at 95.7 BEN FM. According to his Linkedin profile, he’s been working in local radio for more than 25 years.
In an email to staff, VP and Market Manager Joe Bell wrote the following:
“…Despite moving to the Fanatic, Chuck will still be the APD at WMMR and will be our “Brand Consultant” at BEN-FM and will work with me on finding a permanent replacement.
Chuck, (Chairman Bruce Beasley) and I see TREMENDOUS upside on the Fanatic and are looking to Chuck to help us go to heights we’ve yet to achieve. He knows the market, the listeners, the staff, and is a life-long Philly sports fan. Chuck told me one of his earliest memories is of his father celebrating the Flyers Stanley Cup victories in 1974 and 1975.
All of us who have worked with Chuck know him to be a tremendous “idea man,” an outside the box thinker and someone with a unique ability to tie content and revenue together. Chuck says he’ll start by doing a lot of listening, not only to the station, but to the people in the building to get a handle on where we are on the Fanatic and where we want to go.
Coach Eric Camille remains an extremely vital and valuable member of the programming team. He has done an outstanding job of guiding the Fanatic through very difficult circumstances these past months and will continue as APD and Operations Manager. Chuck and Eric have gotten to know each other well during these challenging times and both are excited to team up for the future of the Fanatic.”
Damico’s first order of business will be navigating whatever the hell is going on with Mike Missanelli right now, though I’d assume Bell has the final say on that. Sources tell Crossing Broad Mikey Miss is out for the remainder of the week, though we’ve been receiving mixed messages about his future with the station.