Beasley Media Group Philadelphia has named programming veteran Eric Johnson director of sports programming for “97.5 The Fanatic” WPEN and “SportsRadio 610” WTEL, effective Dec. 4. Johnson, who for 19 years has been brand manager and program director of Townsquare Media talk “New Jersey 101.5” WKXW Trenton, NJ, fills the role left with the August departure of Matt Nahigian.
In his new role, Johnson will oversee both stations and their associated social platforms as well all sports programming and team relationships with the Philadelphia 76ers, Philadelphia Flyers, Philadelphia Soul as well as Temple, Villanova and St. Joseph’s Universities.
“Eric Johnson has the perfect skill set and experience to help continue the growth of 97.5 The Fanatic,” VP and market manager Joe Bell said. “He’s a Philly guy who understands that Philly sports fans are the best in the country and he can deliver a product with as much passion and knowledge as they have.”
“I am very excited to be joining the impressive team at Beasley Media Group,” Johnson said. “My thanks to Joe Bell, Buzz Knight, [executive VP/Programming] Justin Chase and Bruce Beasley for the tremendous opportunity. I am really looking forward to working with the talented staff at Beasley Philadelphia, a group of stations I have admired for a very long time.”
Johnson, who lives in the Philadelphia area and previously worked in the programming departments of sports WIP and the former modern rock “Y-100” prior to his nearly two-decade stint at WKXW, added: “As a lifelong Philadelphia area resident with a sports radio background, I truly understand the passion of the Philly sports fan…and the important role that 97.5 The Fanatic serves in giving those fans a powerful outlet. I can’t imagine a better time to be involved with Philadelphia sports radio than right now.”