Industry veteran John Rosso is appointed President of Citadel Broadcasting's network division, Citadel Media. He succeeds Jim Robinson, who exits the company after five years at the helm, mostly under the ABC Radio Networks brand. In his new role, Rosso will oversee ABC News Radio, ESPN Audio and nine individual 24-hour formats.
Citadel Media also distributes "The Michael Baisden Show," "The Mark Levin Show," "Radio Perez with Perez Hilton," "Imus in the Morning," "Rick Dees Weekly Top 40," "American Country Countdown with Kix Brooks" and many other national programs through more than 4,400 affiliate stations.
"We are very pleased to have someone of John's caliber leading Citadel Media's efforts as we enter into this exciting and challenging time for the network business," said Citadel Chiarman/CEO Farid Suleman. "John's breadth of experience and first-hand knowledge of Citadel Media's operations makes him ideally suited for this leadership role to develop and leverage new opportunities the network presents."
"I am thrilled to be given the opportunity to lead Citadel Media and look forward to collaborating with the talented team here, both on-air and behind the scenes," added Rosso. "We will continue to build on the network's solid foundation as we bring industry-leading content to our affiliates and deliver great audiences and solutions to our advertisers."
Rosso most recently served as Senior VP/Citadel Interactive. Previously, he held positions at ABC Radio Networks including Senior VP/Affiliate Relations and Business Administration and VP/Operations. Prior to joining Citadel, Rosso was Senior VP/Digital Media for The Walt Disney Company's ABC Radio division. (10-07-09)