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Director of Spoken Word

iHeartMedia Des Moines

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Director of Spoken Word
iHeartMedia Markets                                                                            

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The audio revolution is here – and iHeart is leading it!  iHeartMedia, the number one audio company in America, reaches 90% of Americans every month -- a monthly audience that’s twice the size of any other audio company – almost three times the size of the largest TV network – and almost 4 times the size of the largest ad-supported music streaming service.  In fact, we have:

  • More #1 rated markets than the next two largest radio companies combined;

  • We’re the largest podcast publisher, with more monthly downloads than the second- and third-largest podcast publishers combined. Podcasting, the fastest-growing new media, today has more monthly users than streaming music services or Netflix;

  • iHeart is the home of many of the country’s most popular and trusted on-air personalities and podcast influencers, who build important connections with hundreds of communities across America;

  • We create and produce some of the most popular and well-known branded live music events in America, including the iHeartRadio Music Festival, the iHeartRadio Music Awards, the iHeartCountry Festival, iHeartRadio Fiesta Latina and the iHeartRadio Jingle Ball Tour;

  • iHeartRadio is the #1 streaming radio digital service in America;

  • Our social media footprint is 7 times larger than the next largest audio service; and

  • We have the only complete audio ad technology stack in the industry for all forms of audio, from on demand to broadcast radio, digital streaming radio and podcasting, which bring data, targeting and attribution to all forms of audio at an unparalleled scale.  As a result, we’re able to combine our strong leadership position in audience reach, usage and ad tech with powerful tools and insights for our sales organizations to help them build success for their clients at a more efficient cost than any other option. 

Because we reach almost every community in America, we’re committed to providing a range of programming that reflects the diversity of the many communities we serve – and our company reflects that same kind of diversity.  Our company values stress collaboration, curiosity, welcoming dissent, accepting mistakes in the pursuit of new ideas, and respect for everyone.

Only one company in America has the #1 position in everything audio: iHeartMedia!

If you’re excited about this role but don’t feel your experience aligns perfectly with the job description, we encourage you to apply anyway.  At iHeartMedia we are dedicated to building a diverse, inclusive, and authentic workplace and are looking for teammates passionate about what we do!                                                                            

What We Need:

Some of the most well-known call letters in the United States, not to mention a 13-time Marconi Award radio station – W H O – AM (News Talk) and some of the most influential sports call letters in Central Iowa – K X N O – FM (Sports Talk) as well as 1430 KASI-AM is seeking a Director of Spoken Word.

You will live in one of the Top 10 best cities (Des Moines, IA.) in America and be able to navigate your passion and create success that will be a direct reflection of you. Are you an expert at Talent Coaching, Teaching, and Training a team? An idea starter, promotionally minded, and event coordinator? An On-Air Talk Show Host? Organized, Efficient, and Proficient in social media execution.

Let's talk if all those things are on your resume and you have a proven track record with a minimum of 5 years in the News Talk or Sports Talk radio arena (5 years of experience is non-negotiable).

Both stations have local shows throughout the day and plenty of opportunities to drive ratings and revenue. Does this look and feel like a fit for you?

Apply here and send an email to to let him know you are extremely interested in this opportunity.                                                                            

What You'll Do:

  • Operations of WHO-AM, KXNO-FM and 1430 KASI-AM.

  • Talent Coaching, Teaching, and Training a team.                                                                            

What You'll Need:

  • Organized, Efficient, and Proficient in social media execution.

  • Skill set including NexGen, Promo suite, Aptivada and all Microsoft tools

  • Proven track record with a minimum of 5 years in the News Talk or Sports Talk radio arena                                                                             

What You'll Bring:

  • Respect for others and a strong belief that others should do this in return

  • Demonstrated initiative and achievement-oriented leadership

  • Ability to delegate tasks and manage others effectively, especially in times of complexity or conflict

  • Growth mindset and desire for continued knowledge sharing and learning

  • Understanding of impact of own work and your team’s outcomes

  • Business insights that contribute to meeting organizational objectives

  • Ability to solve technical and operational problems and troubleshoot in a timely manner

  • Ability to identify and support new opportunities for continued improvement across business

  • Comfort interacting with individuals of all levels

  • Effective communication skills and the ability to build team trust

  • Ability to influence others to adopt a broader point of view                                                                            


Des Moines, IA: 2141 Grand Ave, 50312                                                                            

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Time Type:

Full time                                                                                

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iHeartMedia’s benefits offering is flexible and offers a variety of choices to meet the diverse needs of our changing workforce, including the following:

  • Employer sponsored medical, dental and vision with a variety of coverage options

  • Company provided and supplemental life insurance

  • Paid vacation and sick time

  • Paid company holidays, including a floating holiday that enable our employees to celebrate the holiday of their choosing

  • A Spirit day to encourage and allow our employees to more easily volunteer in their community

  • A 401K plan

  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP) at no cost – services include telephonic counseling sessions, consultation on legal and financial matters, emotional well-being, family and caregiving

  • ?A range of additional voluntary programs, such as spending accounts, student loan refinancing, accident insurance and more!                                                                            

We are accepting applications for this role on an ongoing basis.

The Company is an equal opportunity employer and will not tolerate discrimination in employment on the basis of race, color, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, disability, ethnicity, national origin, marital status, protected veteran status, genetic information, or any other legally protected classification or status.

Non-Compete will be required for certain positions and as allowed by law.

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Vacancy Type:
Full Time
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Des Moines
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