Clear Channel Promotes Four

Clear Channel Radio promoted four senior executives to newly created positions on Monday. The promotions fill in key positions in the new regional management structure announced a few weeks ago, and also reflect the growing importance of the radio group's burgeoning online business.

On the interactive side, President and CEO John Hogan said Evan Harrison has been promoted to president of its online music and radio division. The creation of the new position reflects Clear Channel's high hopes for its online business, which is expected to become a major revenue stream over the next decade.

The company poached Harrison from AOL, where he was boss of the music division, in November 2005. Since then, he has overseen the revamping of hundreds of station Web sites, the creation of an array of new online features including video offerings, and most recently the rollout of new on-demand services, widgets for Clear Channel audio and video, and a partnership with a network of freelance video producers to help local advertisers get into the new medium.

Clear Channel also promoted Mark Kopelman and George Toulas to the new position of executive vice president of operations, with responsibility for markets in the "mid-major"-size range. Kopelman previously served as regional senior vice president in Texas; Toulas was president and market manager of the company's Miami stations.

In early July, shortly after renewing his own five-year contract Hogan unveiled a new management structure for the company, with the hierarchy organized by the size of different markets. Kopelman and Toulas join Tom Schurr and Susan Karis, who were promoted in July to serve as executive vice presidents of operations for the Eastern and Western regions.

Finally, Clear Channel promoted Gene Romano to executive vice president of programming, elevating him from his previous role as senior vice president. In this role, Romano will work with Karis to manage programming for the Western markets.

In July, Hogan also brought back the position of senior vice president of programming with responsibility for specific regions, to work alongside the new sales executives. Brad Hardin, Darren Davis, and Clay Hunnicutt were all promoted to the revived position in July.

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