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Mikey V Rises To WXKS-FM APD/MD

Matty V Vinci Kiss 108 107.9 WXKS-FM BostonAs part of a series of announcements at iHeartMedia Boston, Mikey ‘V’ Vinci has been promoted to Assistant Program Director/Music Director for CHR “Kiss 108” 107.9 WXKS-FM.

Vinci has hosted nights at WXKS-FM since 2013 and will report to Senior Vice President of Programing Dylan Sprague. The company also announced that Shaileen Santoro has been promoted from Marketing Manager to Director of Marketing for the cluster, while Country “101.7 The Bull” WBWL Program Director/Afternoon Host Lance Houston and Rhythmic CHR “Jam’n 94.5” WJMN APD/MD/Night Host DJ Pup Dawg have signed contract extensions with the company.

iHeartMedia Boston announced today new agreements with key programmers Michael “Mikey V” Vinci, Lance Houston and DJ Pup Dawg, effective immediately. iHeartMedia Boston has a strong cross-platform presence and includes a number of iconic brands and franchises – both broadcast and digital – including KISS 108, JAM’N 94-5, 101.7 The Bull, Talk1430 WKOX-AM and WXKS-AM 1200 – and produces legendary marquee events including iHeartRadio’s Kiss 108 Jingle Ball, Kiss Concert and JAM’N 94-5 Summer Jam.

Mikey V has been named the new Assistant Program Director and Music Director of KISS 108, Boston’s #1 Hit Music Station. He will be responsible for on-air content and music programming as well as record label relations. Mikey V will continue to serve as the station’s nighttime on-air personality.

“I look forward to taking on my new role and continuing to work with the extremely talented people at KISS 108,” said Mikey V. “iHeartMedia Boston is a dream workplace for this kid from Framingham.”

Houston signed a new long-term agreement to continue his role as Program Director for 101.7 The Bull, Boston’s NEW Hit Country, where he will work closely with on-air personalities and sales to oversee the station brand’s on-air programming, as well as local events and partnerships. He will continue to serve as the station’s nighttime host.

“Horns up Boston,” said Houston. “I am very lucky to call the best city in America my home and am so thrilled that I get to continue to build the Bull brand alongside the talented team we have here at iHeartMedia Boston.”

iHeartMedia also signed a new long-term contract with DJ Pup Dawg to continue as Assistant Program Director and Music Director for JAM’N 94-5, Boston’s #1 for Hip-Hop and Hits. He will oversee JAM’N 94-5’s on-air content and music programming, as well as continue as host of the station’s evening show.

“I am JAM’N through and through and thrilled to be with JAM’N 94-5 for the foreseeable future,” said DJ Pup Dawg. “JAM’N is known for playing Boston’s biggest Hip-Hop songs that our listeners want to hear and I can’t wait to continue that tradition with the best team in the business.”

“We’re thrilled for the opportunity to continue to work with Mikey V, Lance and DJ Pup Dawg,” said Dylan Sprague, Senior Vice President of Programing for iHeartMedia’s Boston Region. “These guys know this city and know these stations. Having these critical programming roles locked in long-term gives us a big competitive advantage as we strategize for our future.”

iHeartMedia Boston announced today that Shaileen Santoro has been named Director of Marketing for the Boston Region, effective immediately. iHeartMedia Boston has a strong cross-platform presence and includes a number of iconic brands and franchises — both broadcast and digital — including Kiss 108, JAM’N 94.5, 101.7 The Bull, Talk 1430, and WXKS-AM 1200 – and produces legendary marquee events including the Kiss 108 Jingle Ball, Kiss Concert and JAM’N 94.5’s Summer Jam.

iHeartMedia has massive consumer reach and influence across multiple platforms and delivers more live programming than any other media company. Santoro will oversee all aspects of iHeartMedia Boston’s marketing and promotions department, working closely with the sales and programming teams to promote and market concerts, broadcast shows, on-air talent, local community events and partnerships on air and online.

“Shaileen’s combination of passion, creativity, meticulous attention to detail and years of experience made her the obvious choice for this role,” said Dylan Sprague, Senior Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia’s Boston Region. “Our marketing team is the best in the business and Shaileen’s leadership will elevate it further.”

Santoro most recently served as Marketing Manager for iHeartMedia Boston.

“I’m excited to continue my journey with the amazing team and brands in Boston,” said Santoro. “I’ve grown so much here personally and professionally, and am looking forward to the work we’ll keep doing to serve our listeners, community and clients.”

Lance Venta is the Owner and Publisher of RadioInsight.com and a consultant for RadioBB Networks specializing in integration of radio and the internet. Lance has two decades of experience tracking the audio industry and its use of digital platforms.

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