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IHeartMedia Government Affairs Team Adds Morris

National media company announces other personnel changes

IHeartMedia says telecommunications policy expert Sara Morris has joined its Washington-based government affairs team as senior director of government affairs reporting to Senior Vice President of Government Affairs Jessica Marventano. She will also work alongside Dan Dukes, who was recently promoted to senior director of government affairs.

Morris has nearly three decades of experience in telecommunications-related policy and legislative processes on a bipartisan and bicameral basis. Morris joins iHeartMedia from the Federal Communications Commission, where she served as director of its legislative affairs division.

Prior to the FCC, Morris served as deputy director and telecommunications policy analyst in the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Office of Congressional Affairs; as a government affairs policy analyst at Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker LLP; and oversaw the administrative support operations for the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Telecommunications and Finance under then-Rep. Ed Markey (D-Mass.).

IHeartMedia Senior Vice President of Programming Thea Mitchem says Anthony Molaee has been promoted to director of Digital Programming and Operations for iHeartMedia New York. He has been with iHeartMedia since 2007 and joined the New York team in December of 2013. Additionally, Colby Hall will be joining iHeartMedia’s Entertainment Enterprises team.

The company has announced that Linda Little has been named president of its Phoenix market. In this new role, Little will work closely with advertising and marketing partners to create and deliver opportunities to reach consumers through iHeartMedia Phoenix assets.

Mandy Connell

Throughout Little’s nearly 20-year career, she has built teams that drive revenue, the company says. She has been with iHeartMedia for the past 15 years, most recently serving as senior vice president of sales. She also previously served as general sales manager for KESZ and KNIX as well as an integrated media business development manager. She will report to Executive Vice President of Operations Hartley Adkins.

IHeartMedia Phoenix includes a number of brands and franchises, including KESZ, KEZ(HD2), KNIX(FM), KISS(FM), KFYI(AM), and produces events, such as Phoenix Cooks and Ben & Matt’s Million Can Crusade.

WHAS(AM)/NewsRadio 840 in Louisville, Ky., announced that Mandy Connell will return to the station for a new evening talk show, beginning May 18. Connell will host weekday evenings from 6–8 p.m. ET.

Connell previously hosted a top-rated midday show on WHAS from 2010 to 2013, before joining KHOW(AM)/TalkRadio in Denver. Connell will continue her Denver morning show, while also adding a new daily evening program in Louisville.

IHeartMedia Louisville also owns and operates WTFX(FM), WQMF(FM), WAMZ(FM), WNRW(FM), WLGX(FM), WKRD(AM) and WKJK(AM).

WMTX(FM) in Tampa, Fla., said that Randi West will become the station’s PD. West will also continue hosting weekday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fans can listen to WMTX online at

IHeartMedia Tampa owns and operates WFLA(AM), WDAE(AM), WHNZ(AM), WFLZ(FM), WBTP(FM), WXTB(FM), WMTX and WFUS(FM).