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Transition at iHeartMedia: The End of an Era for Several Radio Icons

The recent restructuring at iHeartMedia has led to significant changes within its programming department, notably affecting several individuals involved with Country music programming. Despite the lack of a formal announcement from iHeartMedia, the impact of these changes has been felt across various levels, including cluster and regional SVPs of Programming who have served the company for extended periods.

Among those impacted by the layoffs:

  • Reggie Brown: A familiar voice at Hip Hop “V100” WKKV Milwaukee for over two decades, Brown returned to his afternoon slot and added Program Director responsibilities after a brief layoff in January 2020.
  • John E Kage: Since January 2019, Kage has led CHR “Hits 95.7” KDHT and Country “106.7 The Bull” KWBL Denver, contributing to significant station rebrands and program developments.
  • Brian Moote & Kimmie Caruba: Part of the morning team at “94.9 The Bull” WUBL Atlanta, both Moote and Caruba departed the station, having brought their talents there in May 2022.
  • Drake Webb: Webb left his co-host role on the CHR 101.3 KDWB Minneapolis’ “Dave Ryan Show” after joining the team in November 2021, marking the end of his over two-year stint.

Other Key departures also include:

  • Don Cristi: After two decades, Cristi shared his separation from Rock 97.5 KMOD Tulsa and his roles across Tulsa and Oklahoma City.
  • ‘Uncle Sam’ Eulenfield: With nearly sixteen years at the company, Eulenfield reflected on his tenure and his next steps post-iHeart.
  • Matt Gilcheck: The morning voice of Country “B93” WBCT Grand Rapids MI since 2014, Gilcheck has a long history in radio and will continue his voice-over work.
  • Austin James: A staple at Country 101.5 WYNK since 1988, James has been a part of the radio landscape for decades.
  • Chelsey Steinhauer: Rising from intern to Program Director at Country “96.3 Star Country” WMAD-FM Madison WI, Steinhauer’s journey at iHeart has come to an end with the recent layoffs.

This series of layoffs highlights a moment of transition for iHeartMedia, particularly affecting those who have dedicated their careers to enhancing the Country music format and broader broadcasting industry.

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