An Upstate N.Y. Radio Leader Readies For Retirement


As 2021 comes to an end, so will the leadership of an iHeartMedia Area President who has contributed to the success of radio stations not only across New York’s Capital Region, but in the Mid-Hudson Valley and in the “Tri-State” zone including Sussex, N.J.; Port Jervis, N.Y.; and “a little bitty piece of Pennsylvania.”

Set for retirement is media veteran Kristen Delaney. Her last day will be December 31, 2021.

Delaney began her broadcasting career in 1989 as an Account Executive in Utica, New York, working at WRCK-FM “Rock 107” and WTLB-AM. In 1993, she shifted to WOUR-FM and WUTQ-FM in Utica, continuing in local sales. In 1996, Dame Media promoted her to LSM.

Three years later, with Dame Media’s sale of such stations as WGY-AM & WRVE-FM to iHeartMedia predecessor Clear Channel, Delaney moved to Albany to serve as GSM. In 2000, she was elevated to Director of Sales.

In 2006, Delaney took the Market Manager title, eventually adding oversight for Poughkeepsie, N.Y., and Sussex, N.J., in 2011.

“Rarely do you see someone so inspiring and skilled at their profession as Kristen Delaney,” said Hartley Adkins, President for iHeartMedia Markets Group. “After almost 23 years with iHeartMedia, she still treated every day as a new adventure and those of us in her orbit all benefited. I applaud her in taking one more adventurous step to retirement. Kristen’s presence will be missed beyond words.”

Dan Lankford, Division President for iHeartMedia Multi-Platform Group, added, “It’s been a great pleasure working with Kristen. Albany’s years of success are a direct result of the hard work and dedication Kristen has to her profession.”

Commenting on her career, Delaney, who holds a Masters’ in Integrated Marketing Communications from Marist College, says, “It has been an incredible 32-year career in broadcasting and I’m so thankful for the last 23 years with iHeartMedia. It has been such an honor to entertain and inform our communities, connect our listeners to our advertisers, and raise much-needed funds for several organizations. Over the years, I have met and worked with so many incredibly talented people and formed friendships that will last for years to come.”

— Reporting by Adam R Jacobson, in Boca Raton, Fla.