CCME’s digital radio service has surpassed 40 million registered users and 260 million downloads. These numbers don’t include the millions who listen to the service’s live streaming radio stations without registration. iHeartRadio reached this milestone faster than any other digital service, second only to Instagram.
In addition to its overall growth in registered users, the entire iHeartRadio network has surpassed 68 million digital unique visitors in October, the highest figure across its network since its launch.
“The 40 million user mark is an indication of the type of platforms and content consumers want to access digitally,” said Brian Lakamp, President of Digital for Clear Channel Media and Entertainment. “The strides we’ve made this past year in our offerings have paid off and we plan to increase both the availability and breadth of our product in the months to come.”
Meanwhile, CCME programmer Chris Williams has been named SVP of iHeartRadio Programming, a newly-created position. He most recently served as Vice President of Programming for Clear Channel Cincinnati. Now he’ll be based in NYC and will report to Darren Davis, EVP/GM of National Programming Platforms and work closely with Lakamp, President of Digital and his team.
Williams will oversee all digital content programming, curation and marketing strategies for iHeart and work closely with the National Sales, Marketing and Partnership team, the Digital team and the editorial and marketing teams to coordinate digital contesting and live streaming events like the iHeartRadio Music Festival, iHeartRadio Pool Party and iHeartRadio Album Release Parties. Williams will also identify new and strategic programming opportunities for iHeartRadio’s digital-only stations, Custom Stations, “Perfect For” and iHeartRadio Talk features as well as assist with social marketing strategies.