There’s a fun passage in Radio Ink ‘s cover story about Chris Oliviero, executive vice president of programming at CBS Radio. It concerns his mid-1990s career start.
Prior to interning with The Howard Stern Show, Oliviero tried to get a similar position at his favorite radio station, WFAN. He was rejected. Eric Spitz, the guy who turned Oliviero down – and who now also just happens to work at CBS Radio as director of sports programming – gamely revisited that decision for Radio Ink:
“Yes, I did reject Chris when he first applied for an internship at WFAN,” Spitz says. “Apparently, when Michael Jordan was a high school sophomore, he was cut by the varsity basketball coach. Mistakes happen. Both Chris and Michael used these rejections as motivation to excel in their respective fields — and can now both say that they have graced the cover of a magazine.”
So there you have it. The person who rejected Oliviero for an internship now works under that same would-be intern. And in terms of WFAN, it all worked out eventually for Oliviero, thanks in large part to some great advice from producer Gary Dell’ Abate.