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John McDermott

Hi.  Thanks for checking out my site.

I created this site when my position at SiriusXM was eliminated in February 2014.  As I built the site I really appreciated what an amazing run it was, starting from being a Department of One, all the way to having a full comedy platform that included partnerships with Comedy Central, Jamie Foxx, and Jeff Foxworthy’s Blue Collar brand.

These days I am VP Programming for DGital Media (you may not know our name but you know our podcasts) also consult Slacker Radio‘s comedy programming including hosting The Weekly Comedy Thing. I run my own online radio station at Alternative Sports Talk Radio and I teach at Fairleigh Dickinson. You may be interested in reading my media blog which was a great suggestion by my friend Rob to use some of the material I use for teaching.

I’m always interested in talking about cool ideas and opportunities, and am available for additional consulting work.

Vice President, Programming for DGital Media

November 2015 - Present

I am Vice President, Programming for DGital Media.  We work with the UFC, Sports Illustrated, Crooked Media, Recode, the MMQB and many others in the podcast space.

Here’s a nice writeup in the New York Times about the success of Pod Save America and the Crooked Media platform.

Other projects: Slacker Radio and AltSportsTalk.com

2015 - present

As a consultant to Slacker Radio I program Country Comedy, Urban Comedy, Today’s Comedy (and other stations in the genre), as well as host The Weekly Comedy Thing.   I’m also running my own on-line sports radio station at AltSportsTalk.com.

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Vice President Comedy & Entertainment, SiriusXM

2004-2014

The comedy channels at SiriusXM were always among the most listened to radio stations.  In addition to programming and handling the day to day operations of the comedy channels, the entertainment part of my job allowed me to play in the sandbox with great properties like Star Wars and San Diego Comic-Con. Clicking on any of the logos in this section will open up a portfolio of work associated with each branded radio station representing a decade’s worth of work with big brands and big stars.

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Earlier Career

WOR 1992-2002 and WLIE 2002-2003

I started at WOR in 1992 and caught the very last gasps of the Golden Age.  Bill McEvily had been John A. Gambling’s producer for 40 years and was nearing retirement. Bill taught me the magic first-hand which I was then able to pass on to others.  Pretty soon I was John R. Gambling’s producer for Rambling with Gambling, and then produced Dr. Joy Browne for 7 years during which we were the 4th biggest talk show in the country (Stern, Rush, Dr. Laura being the top 3). Along the way I became Executive Producer under David Bernstein and picked up some web and TV experience working with Dr. Joy’s television show. On 9/11 I was at the helm of the legendary WOR with our PD stuck on the wrong side of the Hudson and the phones went out.  We were able to see the towers out the big window in the newsroom.  A powerful day to say the least. In 2002 I had the opportunity to step up to Program Director at a station on Long Island. We converted the Music Of Your Life WLUX to Island Talk 540 WLIE.  With great ownership we went for the moon and brought in some big-league talent in David Weiss, Mike Siegel and Ed Tyll.

Other Things I Do

Since the fall of 2012 I have been teaching at Fairleigh Dickinson University.  In the fall I teach Intro to Radio and in the spring a Radio Management class.  I also oversee the student radio station.  I find this extremely rewarding and always walk out of class on Monday night in a great mood.

In 2008 I started MetsPolice.com to keep my new media skills sharp.  I didn’t want to wake up some day and find that the world had passed me by.  It wound up being a pretty popular site (1.23 million page views in 2013).  In 2017 I started Thin Ice Bears a blog about climate change (this one is just getting started as I write this sentence in February 2017 and hasn’t yet found its voice).

From the Mets Police came an idea for the Queens Baseball Convention.  In January 2014 we put together “Fan Fest meets Comic Con.”

I trained for the 2012 New York City Marathon, but then Superstorm Sandy happened….so I trained again and ran it in 2013!  Amazing day!  You’ll also find me on the beach volleyball courts on summer nights.


MEDIA BLOG

My own personal NFL Ratings theory

I used to be a hardcore NFL watcher.  Every window, even spending some late December Saturday afternoons slogging through some awful games because I didn’t want to miss anything. A big driver in that was Fantasy Football and my Football Picks Pool. I think...

Dr. Joy Browne

Seconds after midnight, January 1, 1993. I’m six weeks into my radio career and I’m subbing as the board-op on Dr. Joy Browne’s national feed. It’s a best of. After all, it’s New Year’s Eve. I’ve worked on the show for maybe...

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