JOE SOTO TO HOST AFTERNOONS ON V103 IN CHICAGO
Chicago, IL, May 24, 2016 – iHeartMedia Chicago announced today that Joe Soto will host Afternoons from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on V103 live in-studio, effective immediately. “I’m proud to have Joe Soto take the reins of afternoon drive on V103,” said Derrick Brown, Director of Urban Programming at iHeartMedia Chicago. “I’ve known Joe for over 25 years and worked with him on several occasions, most directly at V103 for almost a decade.
He’s a proud son of Chicago, a hilariously talented theatre-of-the-mind entertainer, and die-hard Cubs fan. I’m most impressed with his non-stop commitment to uplifting our community from our gun turn-in programs to youth baseball camp.” Soto, a 36-year veteran, is most familiar to Chicagoland listeners as host of “The Real Show” and “Back in the Day” on V103.
He previously co-hosted mornings on sister station 107.5 WGCI-FM. Soto has multi-format experience hosting shows in Dallas, Rockford and for ABC Radio Networks. He graduated from Farragut High School in Chicago and Northern Illinois University. “The opportunity to host afternoon drive on V103 is an honor and a privilege,” said Soto. “It is truly one of our nation’s great radio stations. Thanks to derrick brown for his incredible guidance and belief in me.
Thanks to iHeartMedia Chicago Region President Matt Scarano and Senior Vice President of Programming Tommy Austin for their constant support.” “I must also acknowledge the legendary Doug Banks,” commented Soto. “He was a teacher, mentor and friend. There will never be another Doug Banks. The V103 listeners are like family members. They are the most important part of what I do every day. I’m just a kid from K-Town on Chicago’s great west side living the dream!”
V103 is a leading media outlet in the Chicago market and its programming and content are available across multiple platforms, including its broadcast stations; online via its branded digital sites; mobile; and social, with nationwide listening through iHeartRadio – with its more than 900 million downloads, 80 million registered users and more than 85 million social media followers across the Network.
About iHeartMedia Chicago: iHeartMedia Chicago owns and operates WLIT-FM, WEBG-FM, WEBG-HD, WVAZ-FM, WKSC-FM, WGCI-FM, WGRB-AM and is part of iHeartMedia. With over a quarter of a billion monthly listeners in the U.S. and over 85 million social followers, iHeartMedia has the largest reach of any radio or television outlet in America. It serves over 150 markets through 858 owned radio stations, and the company’s radio stations and content can be heard on AM/FM, HD digital radio, satellite radio, on the Internet at iHeartRadio.com and on the company’s radio station websites, on the iHeartRadio mobile app, in enhanced auto dashes, on tablets and smartphones, and on gaming consoles. iHeartRadio, iHeartMedia’s digital radio platform, is the No. 1 all-inone digital audio service with over 900 million downloads; it reached its first 20 million registered users faster than any digital service in Internet history and reached 80 million users faster than any other radio or digital music service and even faster than Facebook. The company’s operations include radio broadcasting, online, mobile, digital and social media, live concerts and events, syndication, music research services and independent media representation. iHeartMedia is a division of iHeartMedia, Inc. (OTCBB: IHRT). Visit iHeartMedia.com for more company information.