Black Media Symposium Keynoter, Reach Media Vet Join BIN


An Emmy Award–winning broadcaster who has interviewed newsmakers including President Clinton who served as a co-keynote interview participant in the August 19 Black Media Symposium hosted by the Radio + Television Business Report is joining the iHeartMedia talk and news audio network created expressly to serve the nation’s African American community.

Ed Gordon has joined BIN: Black Information Network, and he’ll serve as an on-air anchor and correspondent. Gordon will also produce special programming leading up to the November 2020 election, to air over the next three weeks, and will provide exclusive reports covering politics and Black culture.

“I am elated to join what I believe will become an important and powerful network,”  Gordon said. “BIN will be a vehicle that allows facts, conversations and opinions that have for too long been silenced or minimized to have a high-profile platform to speak truth to power as well as give people who are seeking more diverse narratives a new outlet.”

Gordon’s arrival comes as BIN names Chris Thompson its Director of Network Operations, while veteran iHeartMedia/Chicago communications and PR executive Angela Ingram will take the role of Director of Local Advocacy and Engagement.

Thompson’s arrival is significant: From September 2008 until the program’s conclusion in December 2019, he served as VP of Radio Operations for The Tom Joyner Morning Show and Reach Media, the national audio arm of Urban One. Prior experience includes serving as Executive Director of Network Operations for Buckley Radio, where he managed syndication and affiliate clearances for a variety of talk programs offered under the WOR Radio Network. WOR-AM in New York is now a leading iHeartRadio property with a recent No. 1 showing in Nassau-Suffolk, N.Y.

Thompson will report directly to BIN: Black Information Network President Tony Coles.

For Ingram, her new role will be added to her current duties as iHeart/Chicago SVP/Communications. In this role, she leads a number of advocacy initiatives, working with civic and business leaders to support education, voter registration, health awareness, volunteerism, women’s issues and other causes. At BIN, Ingram’s specific duties will include working with affiliate stations to increase their local advocacy efforts and engagement with community leaders and organizations.

Ingram joined the Chicago station group as Director of Marketing in 1995.

— Reporting by Adam Jacobson in Boca Raton, Fla.