Fournier had served as Assistant Program Director/Afternoon host until his exit last August as part of the company’s regional layoffs. He began his radio career at WOWI in 2001 as an intern and stayed there until October 2011. After a brief stint at Entercom Rhythmic CHR “Z104” WNVZ he returned as APD in November 2013 and was responsible for the launch of the Classic Hip-Hop format on WHBT-FM in January 2015.
iHeartMedia announced today that Michael “DJ Fountz” Fournier has been named Program Director for 103 JAMZ, Norfolk’s No. 1 for Hip-Hop and R&B, and 92.1 The Beat, Hampton Roads Throwback Hip-Hop And R&B!, effective immediately. iHeartMedia Norfolk has a strong cross-platform presence and includes a number of iconic brands and franchises — both broadcast and digital — encompassing more than four stations comprised all of music formats.
iHeartMedia has the leading consumer reach and influence across multiple platforms and delivers more live programming than any other media company. As Program Director, Fournier will be responsible for the day-to-day operations of the stations’ music programming and for both stations’ imaging and branding. He will also serve as midday on-air host for 103 JAMZ. Fournier will report to Tias Schuster, Senior Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia Norfolk.
“DJ Fountz is a part of the 103 JAMZ fabric,” said Angel Brown, Market President for iHeartMedia Norfolk. “He’s served as the station’s Assistant Program Director for many years and we are excited to have him at the helm of the No. 1 Urban station in the Norfolk market and lead programming efforts at 92.1 The Beat as well.”
“DJ Fountz is 103 JAMZ,” said Schuster. “He helped build the brand over the years and this just feels right. 103 JAMZ is one of our nation’s most legendary Hip-Hop stations and we’re confident that it will continue its market domination with Fountz leading the incredible team.”
Fournier rejoins iHeartMedia Norfolk, where he most recently served as the Assistant Program Director for 103 JAMZ. He began his radio career at the station over eighteen years ago as an intern working his way all the way up to Assistant Program Director for the station. During his time at iHeartMedia Norfolk, he also helped launch 92.1 The Beat in 2015.
“I’ve been with 103 JAMZ my entire career, so I’m thrilled that my journey has led me to now be the Program Director for such an impactful and historic station,” said Fountz. “I’m equally excited to be the PD for 92.1 The Beat. I’ve been a part of the station since it began and especially love the Throwback format. I can’t wait to help cultivate and advance these amazing brands.”