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On-Air / Program Director

companyiHeart Media
locationMobile, AL, USA
PublishedPublished: 2/2/2024
Full Time

iHeartMedia Markets

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The audio revolution is here - and iHeart is leading it! iHeartMedia, the number one audio company in America, reaches 90% of Americans every month -- a monthly audience that's twice the size of any other audio company - almost three times the size of the largest TV network - and almost 4 times the size of the largest ad-supported music streaming service. In fact, we have:

  • More #1 rated markets than the next two largest radio companies combined;
  • We're the largest podcast publisher, with more monthly downloads than the second- and third-largest podcast publishers combined. Podcasting, the fastest-growing new media, today has more monthly users than streaming music services or Netflix;
  • iHeart is the home of many of the country's most popular and trusted on-air personalities and podcast influencers, who build important connections with hundreds of communities across America;
  • We create and produce some of the most popular and well-known branded live music events in America, including the iHeartRadio Music Festival, the iHeartRadio Music Awards, the iHeartCountry Festival, iHeartRadio Fiesta Latina and the iHeartRadio Jingle Ball Tour;
  • iHeartRadio is the #1 streaming radio digital service in America;
  • Our social media footprint is 7 times larger than the next largest audio service; and
  • We have the only complete audio ad technology stack in the industry for all forms of audio, from on demand to broadcast radio, digital streaming radio and podcasting, which bring data, targeting and attribution to all forms of audio at an unparalleled scale. As a result, we're able to combine our strong leadership position in audience reach, usage and ad tech with powerful tools and insights for our sales organizations to help them build success for their clients at a more efficient cost than any other option.

Because we reach almost every community in America, we're committed to providing a range of programming that reflects the diversity of the many communities we serve - and our company reflects that same kind of diversity. Our company values stress collaboration, curiosity, welcoming dissent, accepting mistakes in the pursuit of new ideas, and respect for everyone.

Only one company in America has the #1 position in everything audio: iHeartMedia!

If you're excited about this role but don't feel your experience aligns perfectly with the job description, we encourage you to apply anyway. At iHeartMedia we are dedicated to building a diverse, inclusive, and authentic workplace and are looking for teammates passionate about what we do!

What We Need:
We're seeking a highly skilled Program Director

What You'll Do:

  • Lead all aspects of station on-air experience in a leadership and operations role, responsible for talent, content, programming and online presence
  • Review and determine all commercial and paid programming content; decide music play lists; schedule programming that conforms with FCC rules and regulations, company policy and applicable laws; protect station license
  • Plan and oversee tone, programming, production, sound and theme, website, online presence and social media
  • Collaborate with Production to enlist musical direction and seek options that meet editorial scope
  • Field record label calls, schedule music and check social media to ensure music remains consistent with the station's brand
  • Identify, recruit and coach on-air talent, producers, news directors and reporters and frequently listen to airchecks/sessions with on-air talent
  • Provide direction to DJ and audio engineer on content
  • Partner with Market President, Senior Vice President of Programming and Sales in support of local and corporate business goals to increase market share, listeners, ratings, adviser satisfaction and revenue while aligning programming fit with client, station and audience; creates talent and station marketing, promotion and image campaigns
  • Determine and maintain creative vision for station to enhance station image and visibility within the community
  • Evaluate programming available from distributors, syndicators and independent producers to recommend acquisitions for broadcast
  • Schedule staff for on-air shifts, remotes and appearances
  • Ensure staff has taken, passed and maintained all company programs, plans and training (e.g. FCC and DMCA)
  • Prepare and manage Programming Department budget on a yearly, quarterly and monthly basis
  • Establish and maintain professional relationships with producers, artists' managers, composers and other industry contacts
  • Handle all payables according to company policy
  • Host daily on-air show
  • Represent the station in the community at concerts, events and promotions

What You'll Need:

  • Minimum of 10 years prior high-level of experience in radio
  • Ease with a wide range of radio formats, including music, news, weather and sports
  • Familiarity with internet radio and music streaming
  • Strong managerial skills, including diplomacy, critical thinking and leadership
  • Great communication skills
  • Experience with research and analytics
  • Demonstrated expertise in Microsoft Office application, including MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint and SharePoint

What You'll Bring:

  • Respect for others and a strong belief that others should do this in return
  • Subject matter expertise to conceive and communicate original ideas
  • A growth mindset with knowledge sharing and mentorship within the team
  • Open communication about a variety of complex ideas to encourage a broad point of view and build a team consensus
  • Strong desire for collaboration between teams
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision
  • Commitment to continuous process improvement for overall team effectiveness
  • Advanced problem-solving techniques

Mobile, AL: 555 Broadcast Dr, 3rd Floor, 36606

Position Type:

Time Type:
Full time

Pay Type:


iHeartMedia's benefits offering is flexible and offers a variety of choices to meet the diverse needs of our changing workforce, including the following:

  • Employer sponsored medical, dental and vision with a variety of coverage options
  • Company provided and supplemental life insurance
  • Paid vacation and sick time
  • Paid company holidays, including a floating holiday that enable our employees to celebrate the holiday of their choosing
  • A Spirit day to encourage and allow our employees to more easily volunteer in their community
  • A 401K plan
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP) at no cost - services include telephonic counseling sessions, consultation on legal and financial matters, emotional well-being, family and caregiving
  • A range of additional voluntary programs, such as spending accounts, student loan refinancing, accident insurance and more!

We are accepting applications for this role on an ongoing basis.

The Company is an equal opportunity employer and will not tolerate discrimination in employment on the basis of race, color, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, disability, ethnicity, national origin, marital status, protected veteran status, genetic information, or any other legally protected classification or status.

Non-Compete will be required for certain positions and as allowed by law.

Our organization participates in E-Verify. Click here to learn about E-Verify.

Required skills

  • Live Broadcast
  • Identifying Problems
  • Management Skills
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