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CCME/Chicago Names Tommy Austin VP/Programming


Clear Channel/Chicago appoints Tommy Austin as VP/Programming and Program Director for WLIT-FM, effective March 21. Austin will oversee all programming and digital operations for the seven-station cluster and replaces Tony Coles, who was recently promoted to Senior VP/Programming for the West Region. Austin most recently served as the Regional Program Manager for CCME's stations in St. Louis and Kansas.

"Tommy Austin will bring more than two decades of programming experience to the Chicago market," said Market President Earl Jones. "We look forward to him providing his tremendous programming expertise to the market and enhancing our already high-performing stations."

Austin's career includes programming roles for Clear Channel stations in Minneapolis, Portland and Austin, with experience in multiple formats including AC, CHR, Oldies (Rhythmic/Classic Hits), Classic Rock, Urban AC/Mainstream, Inspirational, Country and News/Talk.

"I am beyond thrilled to join Clear Channel Media and Entertainment Chicago and learn from the seasoned Program Directors and staff," added Austin. "I would like to thank the entire Clear Channel team -- I'm very enthusiastic to start this next chapter in my life."

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