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Moving Ahead In The Action With….Deirdre Cienki

As more live sports return to ESPN platforms, meet some of the people working to deliver these events to fans

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EDITOR’S NOTE: The World Series continues with Game 2 tonight at 8ET on ESPN Radio with Dan Shulman, Jessica Mendoza and Chris Singleton describing the action. The Los Angeles Dodgers lead the Tampa Bay Rays 1-0 in the best of seven-game series.

The 2020 World Series is being played in a “bubble” at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas – but nearly 1,700 miles away at ESPN’s Bristol, Conn. campus, a dedicated team of employees are delivering the national audio coverage of the Fall Classic to the masses on ESPN Radio.

One of those devoted employees is Deirdre Cienki, manager, digital and event programming.

Cienki is responsible for managing content strategy planning for several important ESPN Radio initiatives. One focus area for Cienki is ESPN Audio’s Major League Baseball property, which includes Sunday Night Baseball and the entire MLB Postseason. With radio being a coveted medium for baseball fans, the World Series on ESPN Radio is a key priority for Cienki and her team.

“Deirdre is one of the sharpest and most forward-thinking individuals that I’ve met at ESPN,” ESPN MLB analyst Chris Singleton said. “She’s always pleasant, but at the same time gets things done.”


Name: Deirdre Cienki
Hometown/Residence: Rhode Island
Role/Dept/Years at ESPN: Manager, Digital & Event Programming/Audio/nine years
Favorite Sports Team: Arizona State Sun Devils (all sports!) and New York Yankees
Favorite Athlete: Serena Williams
The thing I missed most about sports during the hiatus … The people
Proudest moment at work since sports returned: Reflecting on the thoughtful, creative, and innovative ways our Audio Event Production team worked through many hurdles in order to support each other, serve sports fans, and over-deliver for our partners.
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