iHeart Makes Three Senior Programmers EVPs


The company has promoted three senior programmers to the rank of Division Executive Vice President in its National Programming Group.

Jeff Hurley, Tony Travatto, and Angela Watson Charles will now join current Executive Vice Presidents of Programming Andrew Jeffries, Thea Mitchem, Maynard and Gene Romano.

Each member of iHeart’s Executive Vice President of Programming team will partner with the company’s Division Presidents, collaborating with each Division to provide national programming assets, services, and resources

“We’re excited to add Angela, Jeff, and Tony to our already extremely talented Executive Vice President of Programming team,” said Tom Poleman, Chief Programming Officer for iHeartMedia. “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.”

Hurley has served as Regional SVP of Programming for iHeartMedia’s Allentown/Harrisburg Region since 2013. He joined iHeartMedia in 2004 as PD for WHKF-FM/Harrisburg, PA, and later worked as a PD, OM, and on-air personality for brands in the Region. Hurley’s on-air background includes stations in Philadelphia; Cincinnati; Rochester, New York; Tulsa, Oklahoma; Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania; and Elmira, New York.

Travatto brings more than 20 years of experience to his new role, most recently as SVP of Programming for iHeartMedia Detroit and PD for Hit Music station Channel 955, and Variety station WNIC. He joined iHeartMedia in 2005 as the PD for iHeartMedia San Antonio’s KXXX-FM and has served on iHeartMedia’s CHR brand team. Travatto’s background includes working at radio stations in Michigan and Illinois.

Watson Charles began her career at iHeartMedia in 1990 as a promotions intern for WQUE-FM before transitioning into programming and as an on-air personality. In 2015, she was named SVP of Programming for iHeartMedia New Orleans’ eight stations. Also known as Uptown Angela, Watson Charles is the midday on-air personality for Q93, in New Orleans, where she has been number one in her daypart for more than two decades.


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