B.A. '75, M.A. '76
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Michael Wach was named executive vice president of ad sales for YES Network in November 2004. He oversees all national, regional and local advertising sales for the most-watched regional sports television network in the country, which televises the 26-time World Champion New York Yankees and the New Jersey Nets.
Prior to joining YES, Michael held a series of senior positions at New York media companies, including vice president and general manager at WNYW/FOX 5-TV in New York, the flagship station of the Fox Television Network from 1998 to 2001. While there, he helped the station experience unprecedented growth, becoming the local over-the-air outlet for the New York Yankees games.
More recently, from June 2003 to November 2004, Michael was general sales manager at Infinity Broadcasting's WFAN-AM in New York City, the country's preeminent sports talk radio station. WFAN is home to Imus in the Morning, Mike and the Mad Dog (simulcast live on YES), the New York Mets and the New Jersey Nets.
Before arriving at WFAN, Wach was executive vice president of sales for Rainbow Media Group's local and regional business, both nationally and throughout the tri-state area from October 2001 to May 2003. Owned by Cablevision, the nation's fifth largest cable MSO, this included the News 12 Networks, the New York Interconnect, Metro Channels and New York Cablevision sales for the 32 local cable systems.
An experienced station manager prior to joining WNYW, Michael was also managing partner and president of BGI/Alpha Broadcasting, Inc., a company he helped found in 1995 that owned and operated radio and TV stations. He also served as executive vice president and general manager of WLNY-TV in Melville, Long Island; vice president of sales at Tribune Broadcasting's WPIX-TV in New York; and vice president of sales and national sales manager at Boston's WHDH-TV. He started his media career with Petry Television in New York, where he rose from research analyst to vice president and group sales manager. Michael earned a Bachelor of Arts in English and a master's degree in History from Hofstra University. He currently serves on the Executive Board of the International Radio & Television Society (IRTS), as chairman of the Executive Board of Child Abuse Prevention Services (CAPS), and as an adviser to Hofstra's School of Communication.