iHeartMedia Names Michael Saunders PD For KQBT/Houston And Urban Brand Coordinator For Its National Programming Group
August 26, 2016 at 9:06 AM (PT)
iHEARTMEDIA has named radio veteran MICHAEL SAUNDERS as PD for KQBT (93.7 THE BEAT)/HOUSTON, effective immediately. In addition, SAUNDERS will serve as Urban Brand Coordinator for iHEARTMEDIA’s National Programming Group.
“MICHAEL is a proven leader who will bring incredible results to iHeartMedia,” said RVP MARC SHERMAN. “We are excited to bring a programmer of his caliber to Houston and are eager to make history as we transition to this exciting new chapter of THE BEAT.”
“I'm excited to have MICHAEL back on iHEARTMEDIA’s Urban programming team,” said SVP/Urban Programming and Urban Brand Manager DOC WYNTER. “He is one of the best in the business when it comes to understanding the Urban format and its listeners. I can't wait to get back into the radio trenches with him.”
“I’m thrilled to be returning to iHEARTMEDIA to work with the Urban Brand Management Team and the amazing talent and staff in HOUSTON,” said SAUNDERS. “In less than three years, THE BEAT has become HOUSTON’s premiere destination for Hip Hop and R&B and they are a prime example of iHEARTMEDIA’s unparalleled reach with Urban music audiences. I can’t wait to help THE BEAT and all of iHEARTMEDIA’s Urban stations continue to grow and serve millions of listeners.”
SAUNDERS last official day at WCFB (STAR 94.5)/ORLANDO was TODAY (8/26). He has programmed the station for the last five-years. His resume includes VP/Programming for iHEARTMEDIA/DETROIT, PD for iHEARTMEDIA Urban WWPR (POWER 105.1)/NY, CBS RADIO OM Top 40/Rhythmic WPGC/WASHINGTON, D.C., PD WJHM/ORLANDO, VP/Client Services for THE LEFT BANK ORGANIZATION/LOS ANGELES, and OM/PD for WPEG, WBAV, and WGIV-A/CHARLOTTE, NC. He began his radio career as an on-air personality for WGCD-A in his hometown of CHESTER, SC.