Debbie Wagner, who has spent all but 14 months of her 29-year media career in Tucson “ and is as responsible as any executive for the success of the Å“Johnjay and Rich morning radio show “ has left the market. She was promoted by her bosses to take over as president and market manager of iHeartmedia (formerly Clear Channel) Communicationsâ„¢ seven radio stations in San Diego.
Wagnerâ„¢s appointment to her new position must have come suddenly. Not only was it effective immediately, Dec. 18, but she had not changed her Tucson phone voice message, which as of last week still had her saying she would be out of the office until Dec. 16. According to others, Wagner has remained in San Diego. Wagner is replacing a market manager who had been running iHeartmedia (formerly Clear Channel)â„¢s San Diego stations for three years but, judging from accounts from advertising agencies there, theyâ„¢ve been three years of at least some turmoil within the group. Although iHeartmedia (formerly Clear Channel)â„¢s announcement of the management change wished the former manager, Bob Bolinger, Å“well in his future endeavors, there had been speculation for at least three months that he was going to be replaced. [source]