Clear Channel Media and Entertainment Names Nathan Daschle Executive Vice President For Political Strategy
Daschle Will Build New D.C.-Based Team Focused on Developing Custom Strategies for Political/Issue Advertisers
Initiative Designed to Leverage Clear Channel’s Unique Range of Multi-Platform Assets for Advertisers and Campaigns
New York, NY - June 17, 2013 - Clear Channel Media and Entertainment, the leading media company in America with a greater reach in the U.S. than any other radio or television outlet, today announced that well-known political strategist and lawyer Nathan Daschle is joining the company as Executive Vice President for Political Strategy, effective immediately.
In this new position, Daschle will develop and oversee a Washington, D.C.-based team that will focus on working with political and issue advertisers and advertising agencies to develop custom strategies and campaigns that leverage the unique reach and power of Clear Channel Media and Entertainment. He will lead efforts to fully utilize Clear Channel's unmatched national reach and local activation through its radio, digital, mobile and outdoor assets, as well as its event capabilities, to provide political and issue advertisers targeted, effective, affordable and powerful ways to deliver their messages.
This new initiative will enable candidates, campaigns and issue advertisers to take advantage of Clear Channel’s 850 radio stations nationwide, which reach more than 243 consumers monthly; iHeartRadio, Clear Channel’s leading digital platform with more than 180 million downloads of the application and more than 60 million monthly uniques across its digital network; and its more than 125,000 outdoor displays nationwide.
Daschle will report to Clear Channel Media and Entertainment Chairman and CEO John Hogan. He joins Clear Channel from Ruck.us, a social network that connects politically like-minded people so they can share ideas and take action, where he is founder and CEO.
"Having Nathan Daschle on board sends a clear message that we intend to seriously invest in this arena and to continue to provide more and better options for political and issue advertisers through our multiplatform offerings," said Hogan. "His extensive political background makes him the perfect person to grow the Clear Channel political strategy team as well as lead our ‘class of one’ offerings to political and issue advertisers.”
“Political and issue advertising, marketing and events is a $7-billion business, and I’m looking forward to making Clear Channel front and center with politically-focused advertisers and agencies,” said Daschle. “The future of effective campaign advertising lies in the smart integration of traditional and digital media, and no company does this better than Clear Channel Media and Entertainment. Clear Channel is reinventing the way organizations – and campaigns – communicate with their audiences, and I look forward to building a strong, bipartisan team at Clear Channel that will effectively market its extraordinary assets."
Prior to Ruck.us, Daschle was the Executive Director of the Democratic Governors Association (DGA) from 2007 to 2010, where he managed a $50 million annual budget and a staff of more than 20 people. The organization set numerous fundraising records and won a majority of its targeted races under his leadership.
In 2010, Daschle was recognized as one of TIME Magazine’s “40 under 40” rising stars in politics. Also in 2010, he was profiled in Details magazine as one of the “16 game-changers in the worlds of entertainment, politics, fashion and technology” in a piece titled “Mavericks.” In 2006, Daschle was named as one of Washington’s “40 Top Lawyers Under 40” by Washingtonian magazine.
He received his J.D., cum laude, from Harvard Law School in 2002 and his B.A., with distinction, from Northwestern University in 1995.
With 245 million monthly listeners in the U.S., 97 million monthly digital uniques and 196 million monthly consumers of its Total Traffic and Weather Network, iHeartMedia has the largest reach of any radio or television outlet in America. It serves over 150 markets through 859 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-in-one digital audio service with over 345 million downloads; it reached its first 20 million registered users faster than any digital service in Internet history and reached 50 million users faster than any digital music service and even faster than Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest. 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.