iHeartMedia has announced that Bill Black has been named Director of Urban Programming for its Detroit stations, including WJLB-FM and WMXD-FM. Black joins the company after 13 years at Radio One’s Cleveland, Ohio stations where he programmed WENZ-FM and WZAK-FM. He was also oversaw the company’s station’s Cincinnati and Columbus.
“Bill is a highly successful programmer with a proven track record and we are thrilled to have him on the team,” iHeartMedia Detroit Regional SVP Tony Travatto said. “His knowledge of Urban radio is unparalleled and I know he will contribute to each station’s success.”
“I am really thrilled to join the iHeartMedia team and be able to do what I love,” said Black. “The talented programmers that I get to collaborate with, coupled with these legendary Detroit Urban stations are unmatched and I’m excited to get to work.”
In other iHeartMedia/Detroit news, the company has announced that Kristina Williamson will host nights for WKQI-FM. Detroit’s #1 Hit Music Station, effective immediately. Known on air as Krissy T, she will be heard weekday nights from 7 p.m. to 12 a.m.
“We love Krissy’s sound and energy and know that she will bring those key ingredients to the night show,” said Tony Travatto, Regional Senior Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia Detroit. “We have been searching for somebody that will reinvent the way night time radio is done in Detroit and Krissy is that person.”
“I’m ready to crush it in Detroit,” said Krissy T. “The station is iconic and the city is awesome and I can’t wait to connect with the Detroit community and bring magic to their weekday nights on Channel 95.5.”
Krissy T joins the iHeartMedia Detroit market from Hot 104.7 in Portland, Maine, where she most recently served as the morning co-host. She also served as part-time, swing and night show co-host for WODC in Boston. She began her career at WJMN/WXKS in Boston and is a graduate of Merrimack College in Boston.