Pat Paxton is Chief Programming Officer at Entercom, a leading media and entertainment company and the #1 creator of live, original, local audio content reaching over 170 million consumers each month across multiple platforms. In this role, he drives the creation of top locally curated content, including music, news, talk and sports for the company’s entire portfolio of brands nationwide.
Paxton joined Entercom in 1999 as an Operations Manager at Star 93.7 in Boston and later held various positions in programming. He took up his current role in 2004 and most recently helmed the team that launched the Content Innovation Group, which produces original digital and social content and syndicates popular local radio shows. Paxton also oversees programming focused on research across all the company’s platforms, as well as digital and social media listener engagement strategies.
Prior to joining Entercom, Paxton was the national programming director at Nationwide Communications and Adventure Communications. He was the programming director at KHMX/Houston and WOMX/Orlando, as well as other brands in West Virginia, Wisconsin and Iowa. Paxton also served as the weather anchor at KCAU-TV, an ABC affiliate in Sioux City, Iowa, and was a consultant for Houston’s Zapoleon Media Strategies.
Paxton holds a bachelor’s degree in mass communications from the University of South Dakota.