Roughly 24 years ago, Secret Communications signed on a then-unique Pop/Alternative station branded as “Alice 106.” Today, Denver-based KALC-FM 105.9 still has the “Alice” brand and airs a Hot AC format. It’s owned by Entercom Communications, which picked up the station in 2002.
Along for much of the ride has been Amy Griesheimer, who has been VP/GM of Alice and its GSM and Director of Sales through Secret’s sale to Chancellor Media, which began AMFM Inc., which sold KALC to Emmis, which then spun the station to its current owner.
Aside from stints for Entercom in Madison, Wisc., and in Seattle, Griesheimer has been associated with Entercom/Denver.
She’s now across the street, working for her one-time rival after sitting on the sidelines for six months.
Effective Wednesday (5/16), Griesheimer is now Area President for the Denver Region at iHeartMedia.
The role puts Griesheimer in charge of some 29 radio stations in not only Denver-Boulder, but also the Colorado markets of Colorado Springs-Pueblo and Greeley-Fort Collins; and stations in Ogallala, Neb.; and Cheyenne, Wyo. She’ll work closely with iHeartMedia/Denver SVP/Sales Ryan Clune and SVP/Programming JoJo Turnbeaugh, part of the original 1994 airstaff at Alice.
Colorado Springs Market President Samantha Kumm retains her duties and will work closely with Griesheimer, who won’t be based in Denver but in Fort Collins.
Griesheimer reports to iHeartMedia/Denver President Tim Hager. He said, “Amy has a proven track record of leading and growing successful teams, and cultivating new and existing relationships. Her passion, energy and skills are an ideal match for iHeartMedia’s Denver Region. We’re fortunate to have Amy at the helm of our strong brands in these markets.”
Griesheimer exited Entercom in October 2017, when John Fullam — a former President/COO of CBS Radio — was given her former duties following CBS Radio’s merger with Entercom.
At Entercom, Griesheimer was the Denver VP/GM in July 2015, when Entercom reached a settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice regarding its acquisition of Lincoln Financial Media by spinning KEPN-AM, KKFN-FM KOSI-FM, and KYGO-FM in the market to Bonneville International Corp. for the former KSWD-FM 100.3 “The Sound” in Los Angeles and $5 million cash.
Griesheimer saw no change in her duties, with Entercom COO Weezie Kramer noting at the time, “Amy has been a tremendous leader for Entercom Denver and we know her experience, leadership and vision will continue to drive ratings, revenue and audience engagement for our stations in Denver.”
“I am thrilled and honored to be joining the largest media company in the nation,” said Griesheimer, a 2010 and 200 Radio Wayne Award nominee who started her career at KSPN-FM in Aspen, Colo. “iHeartMedia’s tremendous platform in the Rocky Mountain region is unmatched. I am anxious to work with the talented team there and continue developing great marketing solutions with many of the advertisers I have worked with through the years.”
She is a graduate of the NAB Executive Development Program for Radio Broadcasters program.