NEW YORK, September 9, 2014 —As Westwood One continues to boost its programming and station partnerships, it is pleased to announce that Tim Closson and Todd Alan have been added to its accomplished Affiliate Sales team.
Tim Closson will develop and manage Westwood One Country radio syndication partnerships for NASH Nights Live with Shawn Parr, Kickin’ It with Kix Brooks Overnights, the newly announced NASH Icons, American Country Countdown, Lia, Big Time with Whitney Allen, Country Weekly AM/PM, Country Gold with Randy Owen and Country Countdown USA with Lon Helton. In addition, he will help to affiliate Westwood One Sports products, including CBS Sports Radio and NBC Sports Radio. Closson is based in Cincinnati and reports to Donny Walker, Senior Director, Affiliate Sales.
Tim comes to Westwood One from Time Warner Cable Media in Cincinnati, where he sold multi-platform advertising on 42 different cable networks. Prior to that, he spent 24 years in radio, including 14 years as Operations Manager/PD at B-105/WUBE-FM, Cincinnati. He spent six years as VP, Country Programming for AMFM Inc. (Chancellor Media-Chancellor Broadcasting), working with legendary stations like KZLA, Los Angeles; KMLE, Phoenix; KSAN, San Francisco; KEEY and WBOB Minneapolis; WWWW, Detroit; KKBQ, Houston; WMZQ, Washington DC; and WUBE and WYGY, Cincinnati. Tim is also a former Operations Manager for the Cincinnati Bengals radio network.
“The opportunity to work with Donny Walker and the Nashville team, as well as Dennis Green and the entire team at Westwood One, is one of the most exciting career moves I’ve ever made,” said Closson. “This is a great time to be in the radio business and I’m looking forward to getting back in touch with all my old friends and making many new friends while spreading the word about all of the terrific programming alternatives, including the NASH brand.”
Todd Alan comes back to Westwood One after serving as VP, Affiliate Sales and Programming, at Focus 360. He will work closely with stations and affiliating various entertainment shows and services, including The Bob & Tom Show, Pop Crush Hosted by Billy Bush, Nights Live with Adam Bomb, Flashback, Backtrax USA hosted by Kid Kelly, The Daly Download with Carson Daly, The Weekend Countdown with Billy Bush, and prep services.
In his previous Affiliate Sales VP role at Westwood One, Alan distributed high profile long-form shows and special events, across Country, Hot AC, and Rock programming. Earlier in his career at Westwood One, Todd was instrumental in the launch of Bill O’Reilly’s radio show, the largest launch in the history of Talk format. In addition, Todd has affiliated Don Imus, Larry King, G. Gordon Liddy, Jim Bohannon, Laura Ingraham, Don and Mike, Opie and Anthony, and Tom Leykis.
Alan began his career in the music business sweeping floors at Sigma Sound Recording Studios and apprenticing under major recording artists, producers, and recording engineers including Steve Lilywhite, re-mixer Jellybean Benitez, Miles Davis, Talking Heads, Tom Tom Club, Ziggy Marley, B-52’s, ZZ Top, and Robert Palmer. After Sigma Sound, he was promoted to recording studio manager for David Frank and Mic Murphy, professionally known as The System. As General Manager of River Sound recording studio for Donald Fagan and Steely Dan producer Gary Katz, he built a Gold and Platinum recording collection, including Donald Fagan’s solo album “Kamakiriad,” Soul Asylum’s “Grave Diggers Union,” Atlantic Records legendary producer Tom Dowd, Roger Daltrey, Michael McDonald, Boz Skaggs, and Laura Nyro.
Alan is based in New York and reports to Marcella Turk, VP, Affiliate Sales. He said “I’m proud to represent top-notch entertainment programming and services at Westwood One once again. It’s exciting to reunite with Dennis Green and other teammates, many of whom I worked with over my music and radio career. It’s good to have the band back together.”
“When you have the biggest brands and best products you want the best affiliate sellers to represent those products, said Dennis Green, Westwood One’s SVP, Affiliate Sales. “Tim Closson is the consummate professional and has a track record of building successful products and services in this industry. As we build the next great brand with NASH, I can’t think of a better addition to our team and serve our affiliates than Tim. And I’m thrilled to welcome Todd back to our team at Westwood One. His knowledge of product and extensive relationships with affiliates will allow us to serve our stations in the first class way they are accustomed to being served.”
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