John Peake has been named PD for iHeartRadio-Los Angeles AC KOST 103.5 and Hot AC/CHR KBIG (104.3 MYfm), effective immediately. Peake will be responsible for day to-day programming operations for KOST 103.5 and 104.3 MYfm. He will work closely with on-air personalities and sales to oversee the on-air content, digital footprint and music programming for both stations.
"John is an amazing talent coach, incredible music head and strong leader who has helped develop some enduring radio brands," said Andrew Jeffries, EVP of Programming, West Division for iHeartMedia’s National Programming Group. "We’re thrilled to now have his talent and experience in Los Angeles and we know that KOST 103.5 and 104.3 MYfm will continue their immense success under his leadership."
Peake brings more than 25 years of radio industry experience to his new position. As Regional SVP of Programming for iHeartMedia’s San Diego/Riverside region, he managed multiple formats including Hot AC, Classic Rock, CHR, Rhythm, News-Talk and Sports. Peake also previously served as OM for iHeartMedia-Seattle and the Show Director for PremiereNetworks’Johnjay & Rich Show. Prior to joining iHeartMedia in 2009, he was a PD for stations in Houston and San Francisco and worked internationally as the Mission Director for NRJ Radio Group in Paris, France. Peake is a graduate of the University of Maryland.
"KOST 103.5 and 104.3 MYfm are some of LA’s most influential brands and their bold and innovative approach has made them leaders in the Los Angeles market," said Peake. "What gives these brands their real potency are the people who work there. I am humbled and excited to be joining such a talented team and I look forward to being part of their continuing success."
The company also announced that former KOST PD Michael La Crosse will transition into an advisory role that will include working on key projects in iHeartMedia’s West Division. The company will release more details on his new role at a later date. iHeartMedia San Diego/Riverside will announce its new Regional SVP of Programming soon.
Along with Peake's new appointment, KBIG APD/MD Brandon Bell also adds APD/MD duties for KOST.