FALL 2009 COMMENCEMENT
Friday, December 18
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A die-hard Penn Stater with years of experience in radio, David Yadgaroff has much to share with Penn State Brandywine's graduating class as the keynote speaker at commencement on Friday, Dec. 18. The Philadelphia native currently serves as vice president and general sales manager at KYW Newsradio 1060.
After graduating from Penn State’s College of Communications in 1990, Yadgaroff returned to the Philadelphia area to pursue a career in broadcasting. He started in the programming department at WEGX-FM (Eagle 106), but soon chose to explore the sales side of the industry.
He became an account executive for Top 40, WPST in Trenton, N.J. and in 1992 he parlayed that experience into a position in the KYW Newsradio sales department. Three and a half years later he was promoted to local sales manager, but be he kept moving up. In June 2001, Yadgaroff was recruited to head the sales department at WMGK 102.9, Greater Media’s Philadelphia Classic Rock station. In May of 2003, he returned to KYW Newsradio as director of sales where he continued his track record of exceptional revenue development.
Yadgaroff currently resides in Penn Valley, with his wife, Jamie, an attorney, and their two children, Allison and Daniel. Outside of his family life and enthusiasm for his professional career, He is extremely active in his community. Yadgaroff is involved with Penn State, where he met his wife, and serves on the College of Communications’ Alumni Society Board of Directors, which helps support and elevate the stature of the college through program reviews, development and providing media resources that prepare students for employment.
Yadgaroff is a member of the board for the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness. Due to a family connection, Celiac Disease, an autoimmune disorder also known as gluten-sensitive enteropathy, is very close to his heart.
In the spring of 2005, Yadgaroff was named to the Philadelphia Business Journal’s “40 Under 40.” He is a guest lecturer and mentor at area colleges, serves on the Philadelphia Advertising Club’s Board of Governors, is a United Way Co-Chair for Leadership Giving, a Philadelphia Holocaust Remembrance Foundation Advisory Committee member and serves on the boards of the Philadelphia Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, the Phi Sigma Delta Educational Foundation, the Police Athletic League, the Southeastern Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Red Cross and the Pennsylvania Association of Broadcasters.