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Clear Channel Names Hunnicutt EVP, GM

Also announces new executive programming leadership for major markets

Clay Hunnicutt

Clear Channel Media and Entertainment has chosen Clay Hunnicutt as its new executive vice president and general manager of national programming platforms. The company also announced the realignment and promotion of key executive programming leadership.

In his new position, Hunnicutt will be in New York City and report to Tom Poleman, president of National Programming Platforms. According to a release, he will work with Poleman to oversee the National Programming Platforms team, which develops and manages all on-air and digital content across its radio stations and websites. He will work with Clear Channel’s senior and executive vice presidents of programming to emphasize the connection between Clear Channel’s 850 local radio stations and the National Programming Platforms assets, while also cooperating with groups like the Brand Management in-house format team. He will manage a team of programmers focused on sales integration with station programming, as well as the Programming Operations Center and the Premium Choice network to ensure all content is executed and integrated for national programming and advertising initiatives. Hunnicutt will also continue as the brand manager for Clear Channel’s country stations.

He most recently served as executive vice president of programming for Clear Channel’s largest markets. He began his 23-year career at WUSY(FM) in Chattanooga, Tenn., where he moved through the ranks, serving as program director, then as director of programming for Nashville and Atlanta, vice president of programming for the Southeast markets and senior vice president of programming for the Eastern region.

Thea Mitchem, vice president of programming for New York City, has been promoted to senior vice president of programming for the New York, Philadelphia and Washington/Baltimore market. Andrew Jeffries, vice president of programming in Los Angeles, has been promoted to senior vice president of programming for the L.A., San Francisco and San Diego markets. Brad Hardin, senior vice president of programming for the West’s major markets, has been named executive vice president of programming, and he adds Houston and Dallas to his responsibilities. Additionally, Executive Vice President of Programming Gene Romano has added Chicago to his markets.

Clear Channel Media and Entertainment serves 150 markets through 840 owned radio stations, and the company’s radio stations and content can be heard on AM/FM, HD Radio, satellite radio, on the Internet at and on the company’s radio station websites, on the iHeartRadio mobile app, in enhanced auto dashes, on iPads and smartphones and used via navigation systems.