On Monday morning, iHeartMedia announced its National Programming Group promoted Rod Phillips to the new position of Executive VP of Country Programming Strategy. Phillips has led the iHeartCountry team since 2015 and has more than 25 years’ programming experience.
He previously served as iHeart’s Senior VP of Programming for the Southeast Region, PD and host at KISS 103.5 in Chicago, and Ops Manager for iHeart’s Miami market. iHeart has over 150 country stations.
Phillips will continue to report to Tom Poleman, Chief Programming Officer for iHeartMedia, and Brad Hardin, Executive Vice President and General Manager of the iHeartMedia National Programming Group.
Poleman said, “Rod has done an amazing job leading our iHeartCountry brand, which reaches millions of country music fans across America each month. He’s been the key force in our continued success in the format and our continued position as the largest and most well-respected Country broadcast network in the U.S. We’re excited that he’ll be taking an even larger role here to help further guide our Country programming in over 150 markets.”