Noam Laden ’88 was named news director for New York City news talk station 77 WABC Radio last month.
Laden, who holds a Broadcast Journalism degree from Emerson College, has been host of The Morning News Hour with Noam Laden for the last decade, which regularly rates within the top 10 of radio programs in New York for the 5:00 am time slot, according to a press release from WABC.
Laden also writes and anchors the station’s late-morning newscasts and is a frequent analyst for Headline News.
“Having Noam Laden leading our news operations as News Director will raise our game substantially,” WABC Radio Program Director Craig Schwalb said in a release. “He will work to help us drive heightened excellence in our news coverage, with expanded digital news functions, weekend news enhancements, special in-depth reports, and more.”
WABC Radio is the home of nationally syndicated talk radio hosts Don Imus, Mark Levin, and John Batchelor, and is where arch-conservative broadcasters Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity began their national broadcasts. It is owned by Cumulus Media.
Laden, a New Jersey native, got his start at Emerson’s WERS (88.9 FM) and worked a variety of jobs after graduation, including elevator operator, infomercial producer, and professional Bugs Bunny, according to his WABC bio. He got his first radio job as a morning show host at WSC in Charleston, South Carolina, and then returned to the Mid-Atlantic for a job at WOR 710 in New York. He has worked at WABC since 2006.
He has won numerous Associated Press awards and an Achievement in Radio Award, according to WABC.