Carla McCabe - President
Carla McCabe is the President of Chiaroscuro Records (home to where she oversees all aspects of the prestigious jazz label’s operations. In charge of the label’s direction, Carla masterfully guides the creative, marketing, and sales departments. Carla also serves as President and CEO of WVIA, the PBS and NPR affiliate for Northeastern and Central Pennsylvania and is the former Chief Operating Officer of KCPT in Kansas City, MO. Prior to her post at WVIA and KCPT, the versatile media professional was Head of Production at Tern Television Productions Ltd. in the United Kingdom, overseeing productions for broadcasters the BBC, RTE, and National Geographic. She began her career in media and broadcasting with the BBC in Northern Ireland. McCabe earned her BSc from Manchester Metropolitan University in England, and a Masters (MSc) from the University of Ulster in Northern Ireland.
Ben Payavis II - General Manager
Ben Payavis II is the General Manager at Chairoscuro Records. He is responsible for overseeing all aspects of creative marketing and production for the label. Payavis is perhaps best known, in the Jazz world, for producing and directing The COTA Jazz Festival and Scranton Jazz Festival for broadcast. Payavis also serves as Chief Content Officer & Executive Producer of WVIA Media and CIA Studios Global. A graduate of Kutztown University of Pennsylvania, Ben produced a broad catalog of important documentary films and television shows and won multiple Emmy Awards and Gold and Silver ADDY Awards. A singer/songwriter and guitarist in his own rite, Ben spends his spare time in the recording studio creating new music.
George Graham - Director Artist & Repertoire
George Graham is one of the broadcast and recording industry’s most versatile professionals spending the last 50-years in service to the arts at WVIA. At home in mainstream jazz, rock, folk, blues, bluegrass, fusion or new age, Graham’s broad musical pallet serves his loyal audience well. He is the director of Artistry & Repertoire for Chiaroscuro Records in Pittston, PA and a music producer, engineer, mix and mastering engineer in-charge of directing the classic-style jazz label’s creative output and sonic excellence. A native of Carbondale, PA and graduate of Duke University, George is long-considered the standard-bearer of jazz and original music emanating from his home base at WVIA-FM, the celebrated Public Media station he co-founded 50-years ago! His tireless creative work as a writer, radio and TV host, producer and programmer resulted in the production of literally thousands of important events and projects for WVIA including favorites: All that Jazz, Mixed Bag, Homegrown Music, The Homegrown Music TV Series and The Weekly Album Review (wrote and produced over 2,000 radio album reviews).
His production, mixes and comprehensive radio coverage of the Delaware Water Gap Celebration of the Arts spans 25 years along with 12 years of radio and production coverage of the Scranton Jazz Festival.
George Graham recently audio-produced and mixed the WVIA-TV production of the Emmy award-winning show, “The Swinging Nutcracker Suite.”
Chris Zellers - Director of Digital
Chris Zellers is Chiaroscuro Records digital media director and a skilled podcast producer and editor. The University of Scranton communications grad is a multi-media pro and musician with a strong performance history and a passion for record collecting. His keen interest in archiving music suits his role of preserving and showcasing Chiaroscuro Records rich well of recorded music. His skills in media relations, editing, design, and broadcasting jibe perfectly into the role of exploiting Chiaroscuro’s legacy of superb artists through his custom-designed digital programs. Chris is actively concerned with developing new media opportunities for the label and developing new and entertaining podcast episodes.
Neil Prisco - Promotions Director
Neil Prisco is the Promotions Director for Chiaroscuro Records. Another musician on the Chiaroscuro team. Neil is also a jazz drummer who’s performed in Jazz ensembles at Berkley College of Music and Vassar College. Prisco oversees the creative and marketing and promotional programs for the label. He has directed performances at the Scranton Jazz Festival, COTA Jazz Festival, and Homegrown Music Concerts, among others. In 2015 he created the In The Office music series for WVIA where he serves as Creative Director. Prisco has won multiple awards for his work across different programs and initiatives including a Communicator Award, Telly Award, and multiple PAB awards. The Hudson Valley, NY native is a graduate of Marywood University in Scranton, PA.
Jim Della Croce - Project Manager
Jim Della Croce is one of the music industry’s versatile professionals: record producer, artist manager, publicist, project manager, concert promoter/talent buyer, TV and documentary film producer and consultant. He owns Pathfinder Artists and The Press Office with headquarters in the Poconos at Delaware Water Gap, PA. Jim steers the careers of major artists, represents important concert venues, record labels, tours and produces chart records, award-winning TV shows, documentaries and videos. His client history portrays a broad spectrum of marquee artists including: The Beach Boys, The Band, Bad Company, John Sebastian, Merle Haggard, Vince Gill, Waylon Jennings, John Anderson, Jack Jones, Leon Redbone, Levon Helm, Grand Funk Railroad, Robert Palmer/The Power Station, Martina McBride, Ralph Stanley, Eddie Money, Jesse Winchester, The Jimmy Dean TV Show, Lorrie Morgan, Tony Jackson, Badfinger, Steve Wariner, Night Ranger, Little Feat, Peter Noone/Herman’s Hermits and Ray Price.
He’s represented leading entertainment companies and venues including: Capitol Records, Sony Music, BNA-BMG Records, Columbia Records, Arista Records, Asylum Records, Warner Bros. Records, EMI-Music, MTV, CMT, Mohegan Sun Casino Pocono, the Bluebird Café, Coeur d’ Alene Casino, Chiaroscuro Records, Bearsville Theater/Utopia Soundstage, Stoney’s Las Vegas, Newport Beach Jazz Party, the Old Dominion Barn Dance, Mountain Laurel Center for the Performing Arts and the Pocono Folk Festival.
Ron Andruscavage - Production Manager
Emmy-nominated Ron Andruscavage wears many hats as production manager at Chiaroscuro Records and WVIA. The Penn State graduate started with WVIA in 2012 rising to Production Manager in 2022. Hailing from Mahanoy City, PA and the native soil that birthed Jazz icons, The Dorsey Brothers (Tommy and Jimmy).
Ron is the point person and primary contact working directly with the label’s distributor, MVD. He is a PAB award-winner and responsible for producing, directing, editing and overseeing multiple creative projects for WVIA and Chiaroscuro Records.