As first tipped here, James Pastor indeed is taking on a new role within the ESPN sports empire. After five years as general manager of ESPN Radio's WMVP-AM (1000), Pastor now will head up the ESPNLocal.com unit, charged with creating and maintaining dedicated ESPN-branded Web sports sites in major markets.
Pastor was involved in developing the Web concept, he told us, so it made sense for him to transition to the new assignment. "I'm going to miss the radio unit," said Pastor. ESPNChicago.com was the first of the Web sites to launch last April. Boston and Dallas sites launched last month, and Pastor said he will oversee the launch of New York and Los Angeles sites early next year. The plan is to add the dedicated Web sites in more markets over time.
While he is settling into his new role, Pastor said he will continue, on an interim basis, as WMVP's general manger until a new GM is selected. Pastor said he will have a role in that selection process along with ESPN Radio Group senior vice-president Tim McCarthy. External and internal candidates will be considered for the job, Pastor said.