Tracy Cloherty, VP of Programming for Emmis New York, has earned her way to be one of the most powerful women in the music industry.
Born and raised in Brooklyn she attended Kingsborough Community College in the 1980's working at WKRB, Tracy started her professional career at Hot 97 in 1988 as an intern in the promotions department.
At the time she was attending New York University with a major in Communications. After college, she then worked her way up the programming ranks being named Research Director/Programming Assistant in 1990.
Three years later she became the Music Director, and then the Assistant Program Director in 1995. As of 1998, Tracy was promoted to the position of Program Director at Hot 97. Then in October of 2001, she was promoted to Vice President of WQHT, WRKS, and WQCD while still retaining the daily programming responsibilities for the #1 rated radio station in the New York tri-state area.
During her tenure at Hot 97 the station has been number #1, in the target demo 18-34 for 32 out of 35 ratings books. Tracy has always had a devout love for music, and it was this passion that not only brought her into the business but that has kept her here for so many years.
According to Judy Ellis, the former Senior Vice President & Market Manager of Emmis New York, "Tracy is one of the most successful programmers in the country." After a successful 15 years, radio will be losing one of their greatest; Tracy will be retiring from Hot 97.
Unable to ignore her passion for music she will continue to consult for the #1 hip hop station, but she will also be exploring other opportunities as well.
Ms. Cloherty is starting a new venture exploring television. She has partnered up with Oscar nominated Queen Latifah to launch a new television show that is expected to be picked up by a major network. Thus far things are looking great and Tracy's new career path looks like it will lead to great places. From radio to television Tracy will continue to be a powerful force in the world of media, as she has been for over a decade
TRACY STAYS: Tracy Cloherty, vice president of programming for Emmis, which runs WQHT (97.1 FM), WRKS (98.7 FM) and WQCD (101.9 FM), has pulled her foot back in the door.
Cloherty had announced last fall she would be leaving this month to work on a television project with Shakim Compere and Queen Latifah, but on Friday it was announced she will stay.
"Emmis is allowing me the flexibility to do both," says Cloherty, who started at WQHT in 1988 as a promotion intern.
"We looked around the country and we couldn't find anyone who could do the job better," said Barry Mayo, Emmis senior vice president. "Believe me, no one is happier about this than I am."
Among the decisions Cloherty will now rejoin is naming a permanent morning show at WQHT, where DJ Sway, Rich Nice, Miss Info and the crew have held it down since Star departed last spring.
The Sway crew's ratings initially went down, but have lately been going back up.
"They're doing a pretty good job right now," says Mayo, adding that he and Cloherty will sit down soon "to look at the whole year."