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Laurie Cantillo

Program Director

lcantillo@wtop.com

Laurie Cantillo is a veteran radio programmer and writer who has worked with talent ranging from Oprah to Imus. Joining WTOP in December 2011, she was most recently the Program Director of 77 WABC and WABCradio.com in New York, the #1 talk station in the nation.

Before coming to New York, Cantillo was the Program Director for Oprah & Friends Radio, on Sirius/XM, overseeing the launch of the channel in September 2006 - described as the most successful in XM history - working with hosts such as Oprah Winfrey, Dr. Mehmet Oz, and Dr. Maya Angelou.

Ms. Cantillo has significant roots in journalism and has worked as an award- winning reporter/anchor at a number of radio stations across the country, including KBOL in Boulder (anchor/general assignment reporter), WERU/WMAD in Madison (morning anchor/state capitol reporter), and 50,000 watt 850 KOA in Denver, where she was also the assignment editor, Executive Producer, Acting Program Director, and co-host of the #1 rated, "Colorado's Morning News".

As Program Director at KFYI-AM in Phoenix, Cantillo guided the station to consistent #1 ratings in the market and to its first ever Edward R. Murrow awards for outstanding journalism. While in Arizona she was also the top programmer at all-sports XTRA Sports 910 and heritage station KTAR, overseeing the station's award-winning news coverage and inaugural season as the flagship station for the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Cantillo was named one of Radio Ink's "Most Influential Women in Radio" in 2011 and 2012. In 2010 she was also honored with the TALKERS magazine "Woman of the Year" award. She was nominated by Radio & Records as News/Talk Programmer of the Year in 2005.

She's the co-author of Right-Brained Children in a Left-Brained World (1997, Simon & Schuster), and was a popular columnist for New Canaan Patch in 2010 and 2011. Cantillo lives in Montgomery County and is the proud mother of four children and two dogs.