Clear Channel Radio Sales has appointed magazine salesman David
Wells head of sponsorship and promotions for Jazz FM.
Wells, 39, leaves Emap’s Motorcycle News after two-and-a-half years as
area sales manager for the South-west region.
Although Wells is making the crossover from magazines, he has a radio
sales background, having worked at both London News Radio and GWR.
The sponsorship and promotions position has remained unfilled since the
departure of Melissa Whity, who left CCRS before its merger with Katz
Wells takes up his position at the beginning of June and will report to
CCRS’s overall head of sponsorship. However, following news of the
resignation of the current head of sponsorship Adam Findlay (Media
Business, 15 May), the company is looking for a replacement.
Wells will report initially to CCRS commercial director David
The newly assembled team includes two sponsorship and promotions
executives, Natalie Shepherd and Melissa Greeves. They will seek out
relevant sponsorship deals for Jazz FM on a national level.
Under Findlay, the department has recently secured two sponsorship
The first is with upmarket kitchen supplier Neff, which has agreed to
sponsor the Dinner Jazz slot on Jazz FM from next month.
The promotions team has also signed up the independent investment
banking group Granville to sponsor the Business Programme.
Commenting on his new position, Wells said: ’There are plenty of great
opportunities out there for radio and agencies are increasing client
spend in the area. They understand radio has become an extremely viable
option for advertisers - this has been fuelled partly by the dotcom