They’ve long been associated with some of the nation’s leading music radio stations.
Now, they’ve been added to the programming team at Gary Spurgeon-led Clear Media Network.
The Dallas-based syndicator now counts Smokey Rivers and Tom Calococci among its programming staff.
Rivers will be consulting and programming the Adult Contemporary and Oldies formats.
He’s a former VP of AC Programming for CBS Radio, served as a VP/Programming in Phoenix for iHeartMedia and circa 1984-85 was the Program Director for WAVA-FM in Washington, D.C., a Top 40 station where he butted heads with then-nighttime air personality Don Geronimo prior to his morning pairing with Mike O’Meara.
“Clear Media Network is providing a turnkey solution for broadcasters to easily deliver a quality audio product,” Rivers said. “That’s my kind of thing.”
Meanwhile, Calococci will consult and program Clear Media Network’s Classic Hits format.
His extensive programming career includes successful programming stops at WFLC-FM in Miami, which was converted from Hot AC “Coast 97-3” to Top 40 “Hits 97-3”; crosstown WPOW-FM in Miami; Urban KKBT-FM in Los Angeles, and pioneering Rhythmic Top 40 WERQ-FM “92Q” in Baltimore some 30 years ago. He is also responsible for Content Creation for Sheet Happens Prep services.
Calococci said, “As the media landscape continues to evolve, we must adjust to the ever changing demands of listeners and find ways to provide great content for radio stations. I am looking forward to being a part of providing a great resource for our Network clients.”
Both Calococci and Rivers report to President of Programming Mark McCray.
Clear Media Network offers 11 formats to broadcast radio across the U.S.