John Ivey

John Ivey, long known as one of the top CHR programmers in the business, has been promoted to President of CHR Content Development and Strategy at iHeartMedia. The veteran programmer for trendsetters like L.A.’s KIIS-FM and Boston’s “Kiss 108” WXKS, will focus on the recruitment, training, deployment and career growth of talent across all of iHeart’s CHR stations.

Based in L.A., Ivey will work with Dennis Clark, Executive VP of Talent Development to coach and develop talent. Ivey will continue to report to Tom Poleman, Chief Programming Officer and President of the National Programming Group for iHeartMedia.

“For over 20 years, John has been a key part of our successful Los Angeles market and our CHR stations across the country,” said Poleman. “Now he will step into another integral role within iHeart – a role which represents that iHeart is a talent-first company dedicated to building the skills, capacity and drive of our nationally-recognized on-air personalities. John’s extensive experience in programming and his credibility within the industry are perfect for leading and elevating this initiative.”

Ivey was promoted to President of CHR Programming Strategy in December 2017, while juggling PD duties at CHR powerhouse KIIS FM for the past 20 years. On Thursday, Ivey will pass the torch to his successor when a new KIIS-FM programmer is announced. To ensure a smooth transition, iHeart says Ivey will remain “a strong presence and supporter for the KIIS FM team.”

“My mother took me to a radio station for the first time on my sixth birthday. The PD of that station, Mrs. Potter was my first mentor. Next was my first PD, Steve Hagen and later the legendary Steve Rivers. Now it’s my turn to focus on talent first at iHeart,” said Ivey. “Thanks to [Chairman and CEO] Bob Pittman for always supporting me and allowing me to pitch a dream and turn it into a job. I love supporting talent, watching them grow and achieve their goals.”

Ivey is the longest running PD at KIIS-FM. A 44-plus year broadcasting veteran, he began his radio career as an on-air personality and Music Director in his hometown of Owensboro, KY and later led programming efforts for stations in Rochester, NY; Nashville, TN; and Boston. He joined iHeartMedia Los Angeles in 2001 and throughout his tenure has served as VP of Programming for the market, Program Director of KYSR FM and KHHT FM, Senior VP of Programming and CHR Brand Manager for iHeartMedia, and has co-produced marque events and television specials including iHeartRadio’s KIIS FM Jingle Ball and Wango Tango. Additionally Ivey was named on Billboard Magazine’s Inaugural Power List.