Chris Soechtig Returns To iHeartMedia Tampa Bay As Market President

Rob Kruz 93.3 WFLZ Tampa Z104.3 WZFT BaltimoreiHeartMedia has appointed Chris Soechtig as its Tampa Bay Market President.

Soechtig had been serving in the same position for the company’s West Palm Beach cluster since February 2016. He previously worked in the Tampa market from 2001 to 2009 as General Sales Manager and then Director of Sales. Between those positions he served as Senior Vice President of Sales Operations for the company where he oversaw corporate sales operations and training platforms for the entire company.

Soechtig supplants Sam Nein as Market President for Tampa Bay.

iHeartMedia announced today that Chris Soechtig has been named Market President for Tampa Bay, effective immediately. iHeartMedia Tampa Bay has a strong cross-platform presence and includes a number of iconic brands and franchises — both broadcast and digital — encompassing more than ten stations comprised of music, talk and news formats.

iHeartMedia has the leading consumer reach and influence across multiple platforms and delivers more live programming than any other media company. As Market President, Soechtig will work with the programming, marketing and sales teams for radio station brands in Tampa Bay to oversee on-air and digital programming as well as create new business and revenue opportunities. He will report to Linda Byrd, President of iHeartMedia’s North Florida Region.

“I am thrilled to bring Chris home to Tampa Bay,” said Byrd. “He’s back where he started his career and now as the Market President. Chris is an amazing leader with a track record of success in every position he has held in iHeartMedia. We’re so happy to have him on the North Florida Region team.”

Soechtig is an industry veteran with 25 years of experience at iHeartMedia. He most recently served as the Market President for the West Palm Beach/Treasure Coast markets. Prior to that, Soechtig held the post of Senior Vice President of Sales Operations, where he focused on the creation and management of a corporate sales operations and training platform designed to support Sales Managers and Account Executives across iHeartMedia’s over 150 markets. He previously was the Director of Sales for iHeartMedia Tampa Bay.

“I’m honored to be selected as Market President and beyond excited to return to my hometown of Tampa to lead our talented iHeartMedia team,” said Soechtig. “We have an amazing brand portfolio and a long history of success. I look forward to building on that success well into the future.”

iHeartMedia is the leading media outlet in the Tampa Bay market with multiple platforms, including its broadcast stations; live events; data; and its digital businesses and platforms, including mobile, social and its own iHeartRadio, iHeartMedia’s free all-in-one digital music, podcasting and live streaming radio service – with more than 1.7 billion app downloads and 110 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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