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iHeart Ups Poleman to Chief Programming Officer

He also retains national programming group president role

iHeartMedia has chosen Tom Poleman as its new chief programming officer, and he will also remain president of iHeartMedia’s national programming group.

Poleman will continue to report to Chairman and CEO Bob Pittman, who said, “He has always been a key part of the team that has shaped iHeartMedia into a multiplatform company. Tom’s unique vision has turned our National Programming Group into what it is today.”

In addition to co-producing national events, Poleman and his team will continue to oversee programming and music strategy, talent development and artist relations for iHeartMedia’s more than 850 radio stations. He will also continue to head up iHeartMedia’s music discovery and emerging artist initiatives.

Poleman was named president of iHeartMedia’s National Programming Group in August 2011. He previously served as SVP of Programming for iHeartMedia and oversaw programming and marketing for all iHeartMedia radio properties in New York, Philadelphia, Miami, Boston and Providence, R.I.

His programming background includes overseeing WHTZ/Z100, New York, and he has also led programming at top 40 radio stations in New Haven, Conn., and Houston. He was named the youngest corporate programming executive for AM/FM broadcasting in 1999.

“From the moment I stepped foot into WVBR at Cornell University in 1983, I knew I’d found my passion,” Poleman said in the announcement.