In the wake of layoffs and the replacement of workers with “technology and artificial intelligence,” iHeartMedia announced that it has promoted three senior programmers to division executive vice presidents of their National Programming Group.
iHeartMedia says that the three will “work closely” with recently appointed division presidents as they implement the company’s new operating structure across its markets.
The three executives are Jeff Hurley, Tony Travatto, and Angela Watson Charles. They will join the other division vice presidents: Andrew Jeffries, Thea Mitchem, Maynard, and Gene Romano, and they will report to Brad Hardin, who is the chief operating officer of the iHeartMedia National Programming Group.
The three new executives will work with division presidents Shosh Abromovich, Nick Gnau, and Dan Lankford, and they will be involved with the company’s Community division as well, which focuses on the shared needs of one community and one trading area.
Since 2013, Hurley has served as the company’s regional senior vice president of programming for iHeartMedia’s Allentown/Harrisburg region. He joined the company in 2004 as a program director.
Travatto joined the company in 2005 as a program director, too. His most recent role was as senior vice president of programming for iHeartMedia Detroit, and he was also a program director for a pair of Detroit radio stations.
Watson Charles has been working for iHeartMedia since 1990, when she joined the company as a promotions intern. In 2015, she became the company’s senior vice president of programming for its eight radio stations in New Orleans.
Tom Poleman, who is the chief programming officer for iHeartMedia, issued a statement in conjunction with the announcement.
He said, “We’re excited to add Angela, Jeff, and Tony to our already extremely talented Executive Vice President of Programming team. They each have deep experience building great local brands with a blend of math and magic, and they’ll provide excellent leadership to our programmers in our Community Division markets.”