The regional office for iHeartMedia in northern Ohio is on the move.
A 10-year lease agreement has been signed, and the company’s nine Cleveland radio brands will soon enjoy a state-of-the-art street level facility also housing iHeartMedia’s local sales, marketing, digital and Total Traffic operation.
By the time 2022 arrives, iHeartMedia/Cleveland will be housed on the ground floor of Six Six Eight at 668 Euclid Avenue in the heart of a downtown area that’s as hip as ever. The seven-story building is mixed use, and includes urban residential dwellings. It’s walking distance from Progressive Field, home of the Cleveland Major League Baseball club; Cleveland Public Square is just to the west. Its also close to a major commuter rail station, with direct service to Cleveland Hopkins International Airport.
The move to Six Six Eight is thanks to a lease arrangement with K&D Group.
The iHeart/Cleveland cluster includes Sports Talker WARF “AM 1350 The Gambler”; News/Talk WTAM-AM 1100; Rocker WMMS-FM; Classic Hits WMJI “Majic 105.7”; Country WGAR-FM; Adult Hits WHLK “106.5 The Lake”; and Top 40 WAKS “96.1 KISS FM.” There’s also a pair of translators serving the African American community: Hip-Hop “Real 106.1” and BIN: Black Information Network at 99.1 MHz.
This move will bring more than 100 employees into the heart of Cleveland’s downtown business landscape.
“We are thrilled to return our broadcast and digital operations to the heart of our city,” said Keith Hotchkiss, President of iHeartMedia Cleveland. “Connecting our influencers, marquee talent and operation staff with the downtown business district will further drive the passion to serve the community we all call home.”
New office features will include five conference rooms, 11 studios featuring cutting-edge technology, eight service booths for news, traffic, and podcast creation, and phone audio sound via Sound+.
A marquee broadcast studio and mixed use podcast content creation room both face street level on Euclid Avenue. Studio designs are by Beneville Studios and AUX1 design.
“We are delighted that iHeartMedia will be locating their regional headquarters in downtown Cleveland,” said Joe Marinucci, President and CEO of the Downtown Cleveland Alliance.
It marks a return to downtown Cleveland for the stations “after many years,” and signals another Ohio renaissance that includes Dayton’s core downtown area, which has sprung to life since 2017 thanks to a restoration and rehabilitation project.