A Milwaukee V-Vet Makes A Big Easy Move


For 19 years, Bailey Coleman has been a vivid voice and featured face of WKKV-FM in Milwaukee, an Urban Contemporary station that signed on the air in June 1991 and has been owned by iHeartMedia through predecessor Clear Channel Communications for 24 years, since its acquisition from Herb McCord’s Granum Communications.

As of Monday, Coleman’s tenure in Wisconsin concluded. She’s now in New Orleans, taking a bigger role at iHeart.

Coleman is now VP of Programming for iHeartMedia/New Orleans, proving that the coronavirus pandemic has not slowed job transitions for the broadcasting industry.

She succeeds “Uptown” Angela Watson-Charles, who was recently elevated to an EVP/Programming role within iHeartMedia’s new Community Division.

Coleman will be responsible for overseeing the programming content and operations for the eight radio stations that comprise the iHeart/New Orleans cluster: News/Talk WRNO-FM 99.5, Country WNOE-FM 101.1, Urban AC WYLD-FM 98.5, Urban Contemporary WQUE-FM “Q93,” Adult Hits KVDU-FM “104.1 The Spot,” Gospel WYLD-AM 940, Sports WODT-AM 1280 and WRNO HD2/K242CE “Throwback 96.3.”

Coleman will host middays on WYLD.

She reports to iHeart Lousiana Metro Markets SVP Bob Murphy and Market President Tori Kahl.

While her tenure in Milwaukee made Coleman one of the leading figures in African American-targeted Urban radio, she is also widely known with iHeart as a member of its innovation team, which uses technology to create community-based multi-platform listening experiences.

“I am so thankful to be selected to work with an amazing group of talented people in the iHeartMedia New Orleans market,” Coleman said. “I look forward to connecting with the NOLA audience and working together with the team on our market-leading brands in my role as Vice President of Programming.”