Executive Turntable: Moves at Bandzoogle, iHeartMedia, Warner Music Nashville & More
Musician website platform Bandzoogle has promoted Stacey Bedford to CEO, it was announced Friday (Sept. 14). In her new position, Bedford will lead a team of over 25 employees, who are mostly musicians themselves and all work remotely.
“Bandzoogle is a company that not only values its customers but also its employees, and I aim to carry that tradition forward as CEO,” said Bedford. “As a mother of three, I know the importance of work-life balance and will work hard to ensure that we are always growing our people rather than just our company.”
“Stacey has been one of our best employees ever since she joined us over 10 years ago as one of our first hires,” added founder Chris Vinson. “I’m proud that our new CEO will be someone who came up through the ranks at Bandzoogle and understands our mission and culture. Our users can expect many great things to come as we move into our 15th year.
Bedford had previously served as the COO before the promotion. She was originally hired in 2007 as Bandzoogle’s only support technician and as the third staffer overall.
iHeartMedia has promoted Rod Phillips to executive VP of country programming strategy, the company announced Tuesday (Sept. 11). Phillips will continue reporting to iHeart chief programming officer Tom Poleman and Brad Hardin, EVP/GM of the iHeartMedia National Programming Group.
In the newly created role, Phillips will continue leading iHeartCountry from Nashville by overseeing country formats and extending its brands out to multiple platforms. He will be responsible for guiding and developing country programmers and on-air talent, booking artists and producing events. Phillips will also continue to oversee iHeartCountry's music discovery and emerging artists initiatives.
“Rod has done an amazing job leading our iHeartCountry brand, which reaches millions of country music fans across America each month,” said Poleman. “He’s been the key force in our continued success in the format and our continued position as the largest and most well-respected country broadcast network in the U.S. We’re excited that he’ll be taking an even larger role here to help further guide our country programming in over 150 markets.”
Phillips previously held the role of iHeartMedia’s senior VP of programming for the southeast region, operations manager for iHeartMedia’s Miami/Ft. Lauderdale and has additional experience with being an on-air personality for CHR “Kiss 103.5” WKSC Chicago.
Raymond McGlamery has been named general manager of Studios at Fischer Campus, the company announced Tuesday (Sept. 11).
The campus holds Lucky Hound Music, 484 Artist Management and Studios at Fischer within the confines. Along with Michael Ramos and Steven Henning, McGlamery will oversee all aspects of the triumvirate, coordinating A&R, engineering and music production at the campus.
“I am beyond thrilled to head up this collection of three incredible companies, looking to forge a bold path in the music industry, providing a unique and comfortable environment for artists to create, with state of the art tools at their fingertips,” said McGlamery. Ultimately, the best companies are made up of the best people, and Tracie and Pat already had that taken care of when I arrived.”
“We can not think of anymore more perfect than Raymond to lead what we are doing here with Studios at Fischer Campus,” added co-owner Tracie Drennon. “His experience in multiple aspects of the industry provides us with the type of creative mind required to do something truly special. With Raymond at the helm, we have a strong team that brings together varied knowledge and expertise, and the ability to paint outside the lines.”
Warner Music Nashville has promoted Tom Martens to VP of radio streaming, the label announced on Wednesday, Sept. 5. Martens will continue to report to Kristen Williams, who serves as senior VP of radio and streaming.
In the newly created VP role, Marten will be responsible for overseeing three radio promotions teams, including WMN and WEA, which is currently led by national directors, Katie Bright and Adrian Michaels.
“Tom is the perfect executive to bring Warner Music Nashville’s radio ad streaming team into the future,” says Williams. “His relationships with our artists and staff are unparalleled, and I am thrilled to have someone with his expertise and passion leading our teams. With Tom in his new role and Tim Foisset continuing to lead our streaming department, we are able to further our resolve to strengthen all partnerships while also devoting more attention to our artists and their growth across all platforms.”
Martens added: “I am very grateful to John Esposito and Kristen Williams for providing me an incredible opportunity within the Warner Music Nashville family. I am so fortunate to work with a staff that is so dedicated to our amazing artists and partners, and I look forward to continuing the incredible growth that our radio and streaming team has seen over the past few years.”