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Tony Banks Becomes iHeart Director Of Talent Development Central Division

iHeartMedia Dan Mason CBS Radio Senior AdvisoriHeartMedia has promoted Tony Banks to the newly created position of Director of Talent Development for its Central Division.

Banks has served as Senior VP/Programming for iHeart since 2012 first based in Fresno overseeing many Central California markets and since January 2015 overseeing St. Louis, Springfield MO, and Wichita KS. He has also programmed “Mega 103.5” Miami, 107.1 WAOA Melbourne, and “Bob 93.3” WERO Greenville NC.

In his new position Banks will work with talent in 52 markets including Dallas, Denver, Houston and Minneapolis.

iHeartMedia announced today that Tony Banks has been named Director of Talent Development for the Central Division, effective immediately. iHeartMedia’s Central Division has a strong cross-platform presence, massive consumer reach and includes a number of iconic brands and franchises — both broadcast and digital — encompassing more than 300 radio station brands spanning 52 markets, such as 106.1 KISS-FM and 102.9 Now in Dallas, Sunny 99.1 in Houston, KOA News Radio in Denver and 101.3 KDWB in Minneapolis – and produces legendary marquee events including 94.5 The Buzz’s Buzzfest in Houston and KDWB Jingle Ball in Minneapolis.

iHeartMedia’s success is built on its unmatched portfolio of talent and Banks will be responsible for discovering and recruiting new on-air talent as well as coaching, training and mentoring existing talent within the Central Division. Banks will work closely with Tony Coles, Executive Vice President of Programming for the Central Division, and Dennis Clark, Vice President of Talent Development for iHeartMedia, to continue to foster the best on-air talent in the industry..

“The role we created for Tony Banks reflects iHeartMedia’s continued commitment to investing in and growing our on air talent,” said Coles. “Banks’ experience as both a major market talent and a programmer makes him a natural choice. He is a gifted and passionate talent coach, and Dennis Clark and I look forward to working closely with Tony to maximize the potential of our talent.”

“Working with talent has always been my favorite part of the job and I am beyond excited to join Dennis Clark and Tony Coles to focus exclusively on talent development,” said Banks. “For on-air personalities there is no bigger stage than iHeartMedia’s radio stations, and I look forward to working with these great shows.”

“Tony Banks has been instrumental to the growth of individual personalities and morning show teams in all formats in several markets for many years,” said Clark. “Tony’s commitment to coaching talent on a daily basis will grow more shows and benefit stations immediately.”

iHeartMedia is a leading media outlet throughout the Central Division. Its radio brands and content are available across multiple platforms, including its broadcast stations; online via its branded digital sites; mobile; and social, with nationwide listening through iHeartRadio, the all-in-one streaming music and live radio service.

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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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