iHeartMedia has announced that James Howard has been named Senior Vice President of Programming for the Chicago Region and Program Director for Top 40 WKSC (103.5 KISS FM) effective January 16. Howard will be responsible for all programming and digital operations. He will report to Matt Scarano, President of the Chicago Region for iHeartMedia. In addition, Tommy Austin joins the National Programming Group, reporting to Jon Zellner, Executive Vice President of Programming Operations for iHeartMedia.
Howard joined iHeartMedia more than 16 years ago and has held programming positions in the Orlando, Albany, Atlanta and Tampa regions. Most recently, Howard was Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia’s Washington, D.C Region.
“Our Chicago brands and dedicated teams that operate them are some of the finest in our industry,” said Howard. “I’m excited to help them continue to make an indelible impact on our Chicago communities.”
“James Howard has a winning track record,” said Scarano. “His breadth of knowledge, leadership and programming creativity will be a tremendous asset to our team.”