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Shelly Easton Named 96.9 The Kat/Charlotte Program Director


Shelly Easton
Shelly Easton

iHeartMedia Charlotte announced today that Shelly Easton has been named Program Director for 96.9 The Kat , Charlotte's #1 for New Country, effective October 18. Easton will be responsible for managing all aspects of day-to-day programming operations and delivering unique content for 96.9 The Kat and report to A.J., Senior Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia Charlotte.

"We are extremely pleased to have Shelly join our remarkable programming family," said A.J., Senior Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia Charlotte. "Her vision, passion and commitment to the country music community makes her the perfect fit to lead 96.9 The Kat. Shelly's wealth of format knowledge and proven track record sets her apart in driving ongoing advancement of this successful brand."

Easton brings over 25 years of programming expertise to her new role. Her programming career began at WBRT-FM in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania before she moved to Allentown, Pennsylvania and became Operations Manager, Program Director and Country Format Captain of WCTO-FM and WLEV-FM. Easton then programmed WXTU-FM for almost 10 years in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and oversaw programming for WBEB-FM, WOGL-FM and WTDY-FM, ultimately becoming Vice President of Music Programming. In 2017, Easton was named one of Radio Ink's Top Program Directors.

"I am so thrilled to be back in the country format. To be able to rejoin the company where I launched my programming career, is a dream come true," said Easton. "The country battle in Charlotte is long-standing and 96.9 The Kat is primed for continued success. A huge thanks to the entire iHeartMedia senior leadership team for their support and this incredible opportunity."

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