- Published on Monday, 20 March 2017 14:30
Justin Craig, an ESPN Radio lifer who served as the Program Director for WMVP-AM/ESPN 1000 for four years, just received a huge promotion. It was announced on Monday that Craig has been bumped up by ESPN to the national role of Senior Director of Programming and Operations for the ESPN Radio network.
Craig has been with ESPN Radio since right after graduating Saint Bonaventure University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism and Mass Communication. From 1998-2006, Craig was a producer for ESPN Radio's national show "Mike & Mike in the Morning." For the last couple of years working on the "Mike & Mike" show, Craig doubled as Assistant Program Director for the ESPN Radio network, focusing on evenings and weekends for the company's broadcasts.
At the start of October 2006, Craig was moved to Chicago to take over as Program Director of ESPN 1000, replacing Chicago radio executive icon Jeff Schwartz, who had exited a couple of months prior. He helped take WMVP-AM to the #1 sports talk station in Chicago during his time in Chicago. Craig also helped* form the popular "Waddle & Silvy" show in 2007, which is currently the #1 sports talk show in Chicago. (*Along with General Manager Jim Pastor and Assistant Program Director Adam Delevitt, who succeeded Craig as Program Director in 2010.)
Craig stayed with WMVP-AM through the start of October 2010, at which point he took over as Program Director for sister-station WEPN-AM/ESPN 1050 in New York City.
After six and a half years in New York, Craig is getting bumped up to the ESPN headquarters in Bristol, CT.
David Roberts, Vice President of ESPN Network Content, said of Craig today: "Justin brings to this role a wide range of experience and winning results. He clearly understands the value of how the local and national networks can collectively create an even stronger culture of success. Bottom line, Justin Craig is uniquely prepared for this extremely important leadership role. He's a winner."