Record label puts execs in place to build radio presence


Island Def Jam is not shy about stating exactly why it either upgraded VP stripes or awarded VP stripes to four label executives: The recording company said it was “…a move to strengthen and dominate the current radio landscape.”

Here are the identities of the promoted:

* Todd Glassman has been appointed Senior Vice President, Promotion, Island Def Jam Music Group, overseeing promotion activities at the Top 40 and Hot AC formats.

* Christine Chiappetta has been promoted to Senior Vice President, Rock Promotion, Island Def Jam Music Group, overseeing all rock formats as well as assisting with marketing plans for rock and alternative bands on the label.

* Noah Sheer has been appointed Vice President, Rhythm Promotion, working the Rhythm radio formats.

* Mike Chester has been promoted to Vice President, Pop Promotion, focusing on Top 40 radio.

Label EVP Rick Sackheim said, “Island Def Jam is blessed with the greatest radio promotion staff in the industry, hands down. Todd, Christine, Mike, and Noah are all well-seasoned and uniquely qualified to take on the new challenges in our promotion universe.  We are confident that their leadership and imaginations will make IDJ Promotion the new gold standard.”

RBR-TVBR observation: Are we seeing signs that the battle between radio and recording companies may be subsiding for the time being? The performance rights battle on Capitol Hill seems to have moved off the back burner and into the refrigerator, and we seem to be seeing more examples of working together in a positive way. It would be great to see these two great industries continue to earn money the old-fashioned way: in partnership.