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Weiss Named iHeart VP of Political Strategy

Company also announces bicoastal personnel programming changes

Adam Weiss

Adam Weiss has joined iHeartMedia as its vice president of political strategy. He will be based in Washington and report to Senior Vice President of Political Sales and Strategy Kenny Day.

Weiss will manage iHeartMedia’s relationships with progressive candidates, parties, independent expenditures, PACs and other political organizations. In addition, he will help run the centralized iHeartMedia Campaign 2016 Command Center, which will track more than 1,000 national, statewide and local elections across more than 150 markets. He will also support the political sales team on how to leverage the company’s reach.

“Adam’s hands-on experience running Congressional races for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee gives him rare tactical campaign experience and a strong political network that makes him the perfect person to help lead iHeartMedia’s political strategy,” said Day.

Weiss has over a decade of experience in political strategy, policy and public affairs. He most recently worked at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s Independent Expenditure program, where he managed a $16.8 million budget across 22 targeted Congressional districts and directed investments in advertising during the 2014 election cycle. Prior to his work with the DCCC, Weiss served as a candidate coordinator for the AFL-CIO.

In other iHeartMedia news, iHeartMediaAustin says Ryan Kramer has been named program director for KPEZ(FM) and KVET(AM).

Kramer has been with iHeartMedia Austin since September of 2013, when he was hired as the assistant program director and to host the 102.3 The Beat Morning Show on KPEZ. Before coming to Austin, Kramer was the midday host and PD of KSME(FM) in Fort Collins, Colo., for more than eight years.

Kramer will continue to report to Dallas and Austin’s Senior Vice President of Programming Patrick Davis.

IHeartMedia Austin owns and operates KHFI(FM), KASE(FM), KVET(AM/FM) and KPEZ.

Also, iHeartMedia San Francisco has signed a new multiyear contract with KYLD(FM) Morning Show host, JV, who will continue his “JV Show” and expand his role to include a new program on KKSF(AM).

In addition to his two daily shows, JV will also produce and distribute content through his production company, which will be available on The Dog House Channel on iHeartRadio. JV originally hosted mornings on KYLD from 1994 to 2005 and returned in 2008.

The San Francisco cluster operates KIOI(FM), KISQ(FM), KMEL(FM), KOSF(FM), KKSF and KYLD.

In Massachusetts, John “JT” Thomas has been named senior vice president of programming for Springfield. Tony Bristol has been named program director of WSRS(AM) and WTAG(FM) in Worcester. Kevin Johnson has been promoted to PD of WHYN(AM/FM).