About DonKollins

My passion is for the media industry, mostly radio, but also working behind the scenes in television, has taken me beyond my wildest dreams in the business – across Canada as a radio host/announcer and then into a very successful international radio management career. This passion for the business and ability to work with talent, sales, upper management eventually landed me in Toronto, as Program Manager for the biggest sports radio station in the country –FAN 590. Several years of ratings and revenue success and the transformation to radio on television for eight hours per day on Sportsnet were both groundbreaking and mindboggling for many in the industryat the time. Yet it was, and continues to be, massively successful and cost-efficient. It’s a model many in the sports industry have adopted. In 2015 an opportunity was presented to expand my career to the United States and programming sports radio on FM in San Francisco was impossible to pass up. Building relationships with sports teams in San Francisco led to renewing broadcast contracts with the Oakland Raiders, Oakland Athletics, and San Jose Sharks. It also led to acquiring the Golden State Warriors play by play broadcasts. I love challenges, love what radio and the media business can create in terms of a feeling with listeners plus very aware of the necessity for all hosts and producers to expand their own brand with digital and social media. It is the new world. I am passionate about creating a buzz through marketing and promotion and feel this is an area that I thrive in. Working with a team of creative and fun individuals all focused on a common goal. Please feel free to reach out to discuss opportunities in confidence. I would be happy to expand on any topic at your convenience.
  • Industry MediaMusicPodcastingRadioJournalism
  • Sector Branded ContentOperationsPeopleSocial MediaStrategyTalent DevelopmentTalent Relations
  • Preferred Job Title Brand ManagerDirectorDirector Of MediaManaging Director
  • Companies Toronto, Ottawa, Kitchener/Waterloo, San Francisco.

Experience

  • 2015 - 2017
    Entercom

    Program Director/Operations Manager - 95.7 The GAME

    Based in San Francisco, California, I was responsible for taking KGMZ from an \"also-ran\" to a ratings and revenue leader. The acquisition of the Golden State Warriors radio pxp plus resigning and bringing in new talent to contracts proved to be a ratings and revenue leader for the station. The programming moves made at that time are still proving profitable today.