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Radio Disney gets a new general manager

October 14, 2010 |  4:14 pm

Walt Disney Co. has tapped a Disney Channels Worldwide executive to run the promotional platform that is Radio Disney.  Sean Cocchia

Sean Cocchia was named senior vice president and general manager of Radio Disney, a national network of 35 radio stations that reach 57% of the country with programming for children and tweens (and a playlist favoring such Disney talent as Selena Gomez, Miley Cyrus, the Jonas Brothers and Demi Lovato). He also has oversight of, a Sirius/XM satellite channel and applications that bring the radio station to mobile devices. He succeeds Michael Riley, who recently was named president of ABC Family.

"Sean brings strategic acumen, extensive knowledge of our business and leadership skills to his new role," said Disney Channels Worldwide President Carolina Lightcap, who oversees Radio Disney.

Cocchia has been an executive with Disney since 1998, most recently as senior vice president of business planning and development for Disney Channels Worldwide.

Lightcap also promoted David Cobb to vice president of business planning and strategy for Disney Channels Worldwide. He has been with the company since 1996.

-- Dawn C. Chmielewski

Photo: Sean Cocchia. Credit: Bob D'Amico / Walt Disney Co.