Westwood One has announced a multi-year contract extension for Howard Deneroff, EVP/Executive Producer of Westwood One Sports. Deneroff is celebrating his 30th year with the company, having been the division’s executive producer since 2008. As part of the extension, Deneroff will continue directing, coordinating, and executing all of the on-air coverage and production elements for Westwood One’s live national radio play-by-play broadcasts and continue his role in talent and rights negotiations between Westwood One and its many prominent broadcast partners.
Deneroff’s storied career at Westwood includes contributing to 29 Super Bowl broadcasts, 17 Final Four broadcasts, 12 Stanley Cup Finals, 8 World Series, and 8 Olympic Games. Earlier in his career, he served as CBS Radio Sports’ Coordinating Producer for Spanish-language coverage of the NFL and Major League Baseball. He’s been a featured speaker at a number of universities, and for the past 13 years has also been a faculty member for the radio portion of “NFL Broadcast Boot Camp” and “NFL Journalism Boot Camp” week-long seminars, hosted by the NFL, to teach broadcasting skills to current and former players.
Suzanne Grimes, EVP Marketing, Cumulus Media and President, Westwood One, said, “Howie Deneroff’s encyclopedic knowledge and uncompromising commitment to creating the highest quality sports programming is recognized universally by coaches, athletes, our affiliates, our audience, and advertisers. We are privileged and proud that Howie will remain at the helm of our exceptional sports broadcast coverage and league partnerships.”
Bruce Gilbert, SVP, Sports, Cumulus Media and Westwood One, added “There are a million reasons why so many in the industry refer to Howie as ‘the best in the business,’ because it’s true. Howie’s professionalism, work ethic, and passion for the audio presentation of the world’s biggest sporting events are second to none.”
Said Deneroff, “I’m grateful for the opportunity to continue working at a job I love and have loved since day one. There is nothing that replicates the excitement and drama of live sporting events, and to be able to produce broadcasts for so many great games and historical events for Westwood One over the years has been a pleasure and an absolute honor.”