Jill Kempton Joins WASH Washington As Program Director

97.1 WASH-FM Washington DC Loo KatziHeartMedia continues its revamp of the programming department at its Washington DC cluster with the appointment of Jill Kempton as Program Director of AC 97.1 WASH Washington.

Kempton has spent the past five and a half years as Assistant PD/Music Director/Imaging Director for AC “106.7 Lite-FM” WLTW New York after also working for eight years at Jerry Lee Broadcasting AC “B101” WBEB Philadelphia.

She takes the WASH programming reins from Tommy Chuck, who programmed WASH and sister CHR “Hot 99.5” WIHT until moving to Tampa as Senior VP/Programming earlier this month. Rob Cruz was appointed WIHT Program Director yesterday.

iHeartMedia Washington, D.C. announced today that Jill Kempton has been named Program Director for 97.1 WASH-FM, Washington’s Variety of the 80’s, 90’s and Today, effective December 11. iHeartMedia Washington, D.C. has a strong cross-platform presence and includes a number of iconic brands and franchises — both broadcast and digital — including HOT 99.5, 97.1 WASH-FM, DC101, 98.7 WMZQ, BIG 100 and 104.7 – and produces legendary marquee events including the iHeartRadio HOT 99.5 Jingle Ball, WMZQ Fest and DC101’s Kerfuffle.

iHeartMedia has the leading consumer reach and influence across multiple platforms and delivers more live programming than any other media company. As Program Director, Kempton will oversee the station brand’s on-air and digital music programming, as well as the station’s participation in community events and promotions with local businesses. She will report to Jeff Kapugi, Senior Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia’s Washington, D.C. Region.

“There’s been a lot of momentum on WASH-FM this year and Jill has been a part of that remotely,” said Kapugi. “Now she gets to build on that here in Washington to dominate the very competitive AC format.”

Kempton comes to the Washington, D.C. Region from WLTW in New York, NY where she most recently served as the Assistant Program Director, Music Director and Imaging Director. She spent her first eight years in radio at WBEB in Philadelphia, PA and is a graduate of Temple University.

“I’m very excited for this next chapter in my career,” said Kempton. I want to thank everyone involved and I can’t wait to get started working alongside some of the greatest Programming minds in our business.”

iHeartMedia is the leading media outlet in the Washington, D.C. market with multiple platforms, including its broadcast stations; live events; data; and its digital businesses and platforms, including mobile, social and its own iHeartRadio, the leading all-in-one streaming music and live radio service – with more than 1.4 billion app downloads and 100 million registered users.

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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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