Stone returning to small market radio in Kansas


Erik Stone(January 9, 2017) Erik Stone spent 11 years in small market radio when he decided to try something different. After a short time working for an Internet broadcaster, Stone realized how much he missed terrestrial radio. Now, he’s returning to his roots. An STAA member, Stone is joining KRSL AM and FM in Russell, KS as an account executive and play-by-play broadcaster.

“I had been looking to get back into a situation where I could work at a community-minded radio station and have the opportunity to broadcast local high school sports, which is something I enjoyed very much previously,” Stone says. “When I saw the Russell position advertised on the STAA site, I made the decision to apply for it.”

In addition to sales, Stone will be broadcasting high school football, basketball, baseball and softball.

When Stone joined STAA in 2006, he was doing news and sports for an AM/FM combo in Lamar, CO. In 2011, he moved to Manhattan, KS to take over as Program Director at KMAN. Last Spring, wanting to try something new, Stone moved to Lawrence, KS to work as a General Sales Manager and Sports Director for an Internet broadcaster.

“Working in Lawrence was a great opportunity for me and I really learned a lot, but over time, I realized that small-market community radio was my comfort zone and something that I really enjoyed and found rewarding,” says Stone.

Stone is one of STAA’s longest-tenured members. “Having been a client for nearly a decade, STAA is always keeping up to date with the openings throughout the country,” he says. “Plus I also learn a lot from the STAAtv videos and interviews.”

Now, Stone is eager to take what he’s learned and, once again, apply it to small market sports broadcasting. “I look forward to getting back into the play-by-play game on a regular basis!”

(Visit Erik’s STAA Talent Page).

STAA’s Darnell named PD in Connecticut


Courtesy of Talkers.com

STAA member Ben Darnell is joining iHeartMedia in Connecticut to program the company’s sports talk and news/talk stations.

Darnell is now in charge of programming news/talkers WPOP, Hartford and WELI, New Haven and sports talk outlets WUCS-FM, Hartford “97.9 ESPN” and WAVZ, New Haven “ESPN Radio 1300.”

Darnell was most recently serving with Sunrise Broadcasting’s sports talk WMFD, Wilmington, North Carolina.

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Gellman-Chomsky new Salem Red Sox voice


“BenThe Salem Red Sox, Advanced-A affiliate of the Boston Red Sox, have announced the hiring of STAA member Ben Gellman-Chomsky as their new Director of Broadcasting and Media Relations.

Team president and general manager Ryan Shelton noted Gellman-Chomsky’s broadcast talent, media relations experience and versatile skillset as critical points that made him the clear choice for the Salem front office.

“We are exceedingly pleased to have found Ben and to bring him HOME to the Red Sox.” Shelton said. “In the short time we’ve known each other, Ben feels like a part of the family. I am confident our fanbase will welcome him just as we have.”

Gellman-Chomsky will bring live coverage of all 140 Salem Red Sox games to fans on SalemSox.com. He will oversee the media relations department and production of game notes and program stories, administer the operation of the press box at LewisGale Field, and contribute in social media and website maintenance.

With five years of escalating media relations and broadcast duties, Gellman-Chomsky adds an experienced and tested voice to the Salem front office. His background includes extensive writing and editing, running media relations departments for multiple teams, website and social media management, ticket sales, and many years of on-air work at both the professional and collegiate levels.

“I’ve admired the fantastic work of the Salem front office for many years,” Gellman-Chomsky said. “I’m honored to join a terrific group of people, and to work for the organization that I’ve rooted for my whole life in the Boston Red Sox. I can’t wait to meet the Salem fans in person and open the 2017 season.”

Most recently, Gellman-Chomsky worked for the New Hampshire Fisher Cats (double-A – Toronto) in 2015 and 2016 as a broadcaster, ticket sales account executive and media relations coordinator. He was the lead voice for the Fisher Cats on the road, and filled in on various duties at home games. Previously, Gellman-Chomsky served as the lead broadcaster and media relations officer for the Clearwater Threshers (high-A – Philadelphia) in 2013, the broadcaster and media relations contact for the Hudson Valley Renegades (short-season – Tampa Bay) in 2012 and the broadcast assistant for the Hickory Crawdads (low-A – Texas) in 2011.

(Visit Ben’s website).