As iHeartMedia Chicago continues to redefine its urban contemporary brands, the company has hired a new assistant program director with old ties to a competitor.
One day after iHeartMedia raided rival Crawford Broadcasting and lured two top personalities from WPWX FM 92.3, it announced the hiring of Johnnie D as assistant program director of urban contemporary WGCI FM 107.5 and urban adult-contemporary WVAZ FM 102.7, effective June 1.
Johnnie D (whose real name is Johnnie Glover), previously held programming positions at Power 92 here as well as at stations in New York, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. The Chicago native most recently was music director and morning show producer at WVEE in Atlanta.
He succeeds Thomas “DJ 33⅓” Johnson, who was named program director of WMIB, iHeartMedia’s urban station in Miami. Johnson also hosted weekends on WGCI.
“It’s a pleasure to bring Johnnie D back home to Chicago,” Derrick Brown, director of urban programming for iHeartMedia Chicago, said in announcing the appointment Thursday. “Johnnie’s programming acumen, street sensibility and creativity will be a tremendous asset to our team. He will be involved in all programming aspects of iHeartMedia Chicago’s top urban brands.”
Johnny D said in a statement: “I have spent my career working at great radio stations across the country, but nothing equates to being given the chance to work in my hometown of Chicago. I look forward to creating an abundance of success at 107.5 WGCI FM and V103 WVAZ FM.”