Derrick Brown Promoted To iHeartMedia Chicago VP/Urban Programming

V103 102.7 WVAZ ChicagoiHeartMedia has announced to promotion of Derrick Brown to Vice President of Urban Programming for its Chicago region.

Brown has served as Program Director of R&B “V103” 102.7 WVAZ since 2007 and held the title of Director of Urban Programming since 2009. In his new role he will continue to program WVAZ and oversee Hip-Hop 107.5 WGCI and Gospel “Inspiration 1390” WSRB. Brown has previously programmed WHQT Miami, KDJM Denver, and WKYS Washington DC and worked on-air at WGCI and as APD/midday host at AC “93.9 Lite-FM” WLIT Chicago during his career.

iHeartMedia announced today that Derrick Brown has been named Vice President of Urban Programming for the Chicago region, effective immediately. iHeartMedia Chicago has a strong cross-platform presence and includes a number of iconic brands and franchises — both broadcast and digital — encompassing six stations comprised of CHR, AC, Hip-Hop and R&B, Country and Contemporary Inspirational music formats.

iHeartMedia has the leading consumer reach and influence across multiple platforms and delivers more live programming than any other media company. As Vice President of Urban Programming, Brown will be responsible for overseeing all urban programming and digital operations for V103, 107.5 WGCI and Inspiration 1390. These brands deliver a strong return on investment for clients reaching consumers through iHeartMedia’s unmatched assets, including on-air, online, social media, personalities and live events. In addition to his new role as Vice President of Urban Programming, Brown will continue to serve as V103’s Program Director and will report to James Howard, Senior Vice President of Programming for the iHeartMedia Chicago Region.

Most recently, Brown served as the Director of Urban Programming for iHeartMedia’s Chicago Region and V103’s Program Director. Previously, he has served as the assistant program director and midday host for 93.9 LITE FM in Chicago as well as program director for WKYS-FM in Washington, D.C., KDJM-FM in Denver and WHQT-FM in Miami.

“Derrick’s exemplary record of success with our Urban Brands puts this promotion into the no-brainer bucket of decisions,” said Howard. “We are beyond fortunate to have him at the helm of the Chicago Region’s phenomenal urban brands.”

“Derrick is a consummate professional, a trailblazer and one of the best programming minds in the business,” said Matt Scarano, President of iHeartMedia’s Chicago Region. “This promotion is a natural evolution based on his stellar track record and history of success.”

“Being part of the iHeartMedia Chicago team has been the most rewarding part of my career,” said Brown. “I look forward to continuing to lead our Urban music brands and extend an unparalleled track record of success into the next decade.”

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