iHeartMedia, the leading audio company in the U.S., has selected Nashville as the location for iHeartRadio’s second digital headquarters, further expanding its current New York-based digital team, creating new jobs, and building on iHeartRadio’s continued growth and innovation as the leading audio platform for consumers across the country.
One of the nation’s leading music scenes, Nashville also continues to see rapid growth in the technology industry. A wide range of companies – from small tech startups to major Fortune 500 companies – are building offices and hubs in the Music City. Nashville’s music culture, eccentric vibe and lower cost of living continues to attract young and inspiring millennials, students and startups. The city is also is home to 20 universities and colleges with a number of highly regarded technology programs.
“As we continue to invest in our ad tech, products, research, sales and content, and further build on the success of our digital service, this is the right time to expand our digital team— and what better location than Nashville, given that music is at the heart of our business,” said Darren Davis, President of iHeartRadio. ”Nashville’s technology ecosystem is thriving, and combined with the city’s rich history in music, entrepreneurial spirit and diverse culture, we believe this is the perfect location for us to extend our digital leadership and recruit highly-skilled and passionate candidates for our second iHeartRadio Digital headquarters.”
“We can think of no better place than Nashville for iHeartRadio to establish its second digital headquarters,” said Bob Rolfe, Commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development. “For generations, music has been ingrained in Tennessee’s culture, economy and way of life. iHeartRadio’s new operation is the perfect fit for Tennessee’s growing tech scene, and we’re proud to welcome one of the world’s leading entertainment companies to the Volunteer State.”
Since its official launch as an all-in-one digital service in 2011, iHeartRadio has grown to become the number one streaming broadcast radio platform, with six times the digital listening of the next largest commercial broadcast radio company. The digital app now has more than 135 million registered users and is available on over 250 platforms and over 2,000 different connected devices. The iHeartRadio service and brand has also expanded internationally with licensed partners in Mexico, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.
Located in the heart of Nashville and scheduled to open in early 2020, the facility will be home to a new hub for the iHeartRadio digital product team, which will make additional technology advances in conjunction with its teams in New York, San Antonio and Silicon Valley.
“At iHeart we operate as talent first in the same spirit of entrepreneurship found in successful startups,” said Bob Pittman, Chairman and CEO of iHeartMedia, Inc. “We are excited to expand our NYC digital team into Nashville and tap into this city’s diverse pool of high tech and creative, ambitious talent. As the leading audio company in America, this new facility will allow us to continue to deliver the best content, cultivate even more innovation and drive further listener growth and revenue opportunities to our advertisers.”
“We are excited about iHeartRadio’s expansion in the Nashville region,” said Ralph Schulz, President and CEO of the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce. “Music continues to be an integral part of our culture, community and economy. IHeartRadio’s decision to focus their North American growth in Nashville is a testament to our vibrant music scene, our talented workforce and robust business climate.”
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