In a programming coup, XM Satellite Radio in Washington, D.C., has hired Jon Zellner, Infinity Broadcasting VP of adult top 40, in the newly created position of senior VP of music programming.

In a programming coup, XM Satellite Radio in Washington, D.C., has hired Jon Zellner, Infinity Broadcasting VP of adult top 40, in the newly created position of senior VP of music programming. The move reunites Zellner with XM executive VP of programming Eric Logan, who previously served as VP of programming at Infinity.

"Jon Zellner will be a great addition to our talented programming team at XM," Logan said in a prepared statement. "Jon has built an outstanding reputation in the radio industry for his leadership and vision in overseeing successful stations in a wide variety of markets."

"The radio industry of today is very different than when I started in the business 18 years ago," Zellner said. "While I think that there will always be room for local radio, XM has introduced technology and an innovative approach to music that are changing the way that people use our medium."

While at Infinity, Zellner oversaw adult top 40 stations in 17 cities, including San Francisco, Dallas, San Jose, Calif., Orlando, and Denver. He had previously served as VP of top 40 programming for the company, overseeing stations in 11 cities.

During his 18-year radio industry career, Zellner has served as a senior programming executive, operations manager, music director and on-air talent at stations across the United States.

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