Kelly Rises To iHeart/Chicago Sales VP Role


The three-year GSM for iHeartMedia’s Chicago radio stations has been rewarded with a promotion to VP/Sales for the company’s Windy City properties.

Joel Kelly will now have top oversight for the sales efforts of the company’s four FMs and Gospel WGCI-AM 1390, in addition to a variety of station-branded events held throughout the calendar year.

The iHeartMedia/Chicago FMs are comprised of WKSC-FM 103.5, WNUA-FM 95.5, WGCI-FM 107.5, and WLIT-FM 93.9 “MY FM.”

As VP/Sales, Kelly “will work closely with the sales team to create unique marketing opportunities that deliver a strong return on investment for clients reaching consumers through iHeartMedia’s unmatched assets, including on-air, online, social media, personalities and live events,” iHeart said.

He reports to Matt Scarano, Region President for iHeartMedia Chicago, and the cluster’s SVP/Sales, Jerry Schnacke.

Scarano said, “Joel is a highly talented leader with a skill set unrivaled in the industry. His passion, tenacity and management style make him a key contributor to the success of our iHeartMedia team.”

Before joining iHeartMedia’s Chicago stations, Kelly served as a Sr. AE at CBS Radio/Chicago’s WUSN-FM “US 99.5,” and prior to that as LSM for WBBM-AM 780.

Before that, Kelly was an AE in San Diego for iHeart predecessor Clear Channel.

“We have a great team here at iHeartMedia Chicago, and I am honored to have the opportunity to play an increased role for such a world-class company,” Kelly said. “This promotion is an exciting yet challenging new chapter for my career and I can’t wait to see how it evolves.”