USC Radio Group Names John Van Driel Chief Content Officer
September 20, 2016 at 12:05 PM (PT)
The USC RADIO GROUP, which operates Classical KUSC in L.A. and Classical KDFC in SAN FRANCISCO, which make up AMERICA's most listened-to classical network, has hired JOHN VAN DRIEL as Chief Content Officer, effective NOVEMBER 7th.
VAN DRIEL will be responsible for overall programming for both stations on all platforms, including on-air, online and through social media, and will coordinate the various segments with each other.
He is currently the VP Programming/Operations for Classical 96.3 in TORONTO, which -- unlike KUSC and KDFC -- is a commercial station. He also has a long career as an on-air host, with a highly rated evening radio program at his current station.
USC RADIO VP BILL LUETH noted that VAN DRIEL has experience producing hundreds of concert broadcasts, conducting interviews and working closely with artists and arts organizations. "He will help us plan more specials and features to encourage audience growth, and continue to keep our programming fresh." LUETH said VAN DRIEL will likely serve as a weekend host and will help him develop new audio products, such as podcasts and alternate streams.
Added LUETH: "JOHN is passionate about classical music -- his dad was a piano and organ tuner -- and he was a history major in college who loves books. He is a great listener and highly values teamwork. He is beloved by those who work with him the station and in the arts community. He is excited about programming classical music within the nonprofit environment."