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RadioActive ’22 -
The Future of Audio

Canadian Music Week’s annual audio expo: accelerating into 2022 and beyond!

Year: 2022

James Howard

Regional Senior VP & Program Director,
iHeart Media and 103.5 KISS FM/ROCK 95.5 FM

James Howard is the Regional Senior Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia’s Chicago Region and Program Director for 103.5 KISS FM WKSC & ROCK 95.5 WCHI. The iHeartMedia Chicago Region has a strong cross-platform presence and includes a number of iconic brands and franchises — both broadcast and digital — encompassing six stations comprised of CHR, AC, Hip-Hop and R&B, Rock, and Contemporary Inspirational music formats.

As Regional Senior Vice President of Programming and Program Director for 103.5 KISS FM, Howard is responsible for all programming and digital operations 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.

Howard joined iHeartMedia more than 20 years ago and has held programming positions in the Orlando, Albany, Atlanta, Tampa, and Washington DC regions.


Program Director:

WRAK- Albany, GA

WTZB- Sarasota, FL

KYRK- New Orleans, LA Launched and led station to consistent Top 3 P18-34

WXTB- Tampa, FL…Led station back from #15th P25-54 to #1 for 2009.

WWDC- Washington DC Led DC101 into a consistent winner P18-49.

WBIG- Washington DC Led BIG100 through a transition in format to be a consistent performer M25-54

WKSC- Chicago, IL

WCHI- Chicago, IL Launched in September 2020, is now the #1 Rock Station in Chicago


Former National ROCK Brand Coordinator for iHeartMedia for 5 years. (2013-2018)


Launched over 10 radio stations for iHeartmedia, recently launching WCHI Chicago.

Coached rock talent across the country iHeartMedia. Just built The Angi Taylor Show.

Current Silverdome Illinois Broadcasting winner for Best Charity Public Service.