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IHeartMedia Shakes It Up in Seattle, Tampa

Sales and programming personnel changes announced

Robert Russell has been named senior vice president of Sales for the iHeartMedia Seattle market.

Russell has been building marketing solutions for clients for over 20 years and began his career at the Florida Times-Union in Jacksonville, Fla. He transitioned to radio with Cox Media and has spent the last 14 years with iHeartMedia. He has spent time during his career in Tampa and San Diego, where he served as general sales manager for KIOZ(FM), KGB(FM), KLSD(AM) and the San Diego Chargers Radio broadcast.

IHeartMedia Seattle has also named Chris Sargent as the new program director for KJR(FM).

Sargent is a Northwest native and most recently served as operations manager for Mapleton Communications in Medford, Ore., and regional Rock programmer for Mapleton Communications. Prior to that Sargent worked for iHeartMedia in Portland and had previous programming stints at KYGO, Denver and in Eugene/Albany, Ore. He will report to Rich Davis, senior vice president of Programming for iHeartMedia Seattle.

IHeartMedia Seattle’s broadcast and digital brands and franchises comprise KBKS(FM), KUBE(FM), KJR(AM/FM), KKBW(FM), KHHO(AM) and KYNW(FM). It also produces events such as One Big KISS, KJR Cares and Summer Jam.

IHeartMedia Tampa, Fla., has chosen Mary Gordon as sales manager.

Gordon will join the sales management team overseeing all sales operations for Tampa’s eight-station cluster. She will bring with her over 25 years of experience in radio sales and leadership. Gordon started her local career in sales at WKHX(FM)/WYAY(FM) in Atlanta, working her way up the ranks as a general sales manager and then as the director of sales. She later moved to IMG Sports Marketing with a focus on sponsorship sales for the Georgia Tech campus.

The Tampa cluster has also tapped Mychal Maguire as PD for WBTP(FM).

Maguire most recently served as SVP of programming for iHeartMedia in the Montgomery, Ala., market. Prior to that he was director of urban programming in Macon, Ga., with previous programming stints in Shreveport, La., Hartford, Conn., Charleston, S.C. and Killeen, Texas. Maguire will report to Doug Hamand, senior vice president of Programming for iHeartMedia Tampa Bay.

The Tampa Bay cluster is made up of WBTP(FM), WDAE(AM), WFLA(AM), WFLZ(FM), WFUS(FM), WHNZ(AM), WMTX(FM), WXTB(FM) along with two HD Radio stations.