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Sirius XM’s Zellner to Clear Channel

He’ll oversee programming in 25 major, mid-sized markets

Remember when the headlines were about big programmers leaving traditional radio for the new fertile fields of satellite?

Here’s one about a prodigal returning to the fold, if you can call traditional radio that.

Clear Channel Radio has named Jon Zellner to senior vice president of programming, effective July 20. He is Sirius XM’s senior vice president of music programming.

In his new role, Zellner will work with program directors across major and mid-sized markets, reporting to Mark Kopelman, executive vice president of operations.

“The stations in these 25 markets have unique audiences and tremendous opportunities, and we look forward to Jon’s guidance across our AM/FM/HD2 and digital platforms,” stated Kopelman.

At Sirius XM, Zellner oversaw programming for more than 75 channels, and previously served as XM’s executive vice president of programming. Before XM, Zellner held senior management positions with CBS/Infinity Broadcasting, including vice president of adult top 40/hot AC programming, overseeing stations in 17 cities, and vice president of top 40 programming, overseeing stations in 11 cities. He also spent nine years as vice president of programming for the Kansas City and Boston clusters of stations.