United Talent Agency (UTA) found its latest key hire at radio giant iHeartMedia. The talent agency announced today that respected music industry veteran Geoff "Geespin" Gamere has joined the firm.
Gamere spent the last 16 years of his career at iHeartMedia as an influential radio programmer and on-air talent. In this newly created position at UTA, Gamere, who will be based out of UTA's New York offices, will work with the agency in signing new talent, creating touring packages, tour marketing, label and artist relations. He will also develop artist and brand strategies for acts across the UTA's roster, which includes Guns N' Roses, Mariah Carey, Daddy Yankee, Jacob Sartorius, Rachel Platten and Jussie Smollett.
Gamere comes to UTA following a successful tenure at New York's Power 105.1 (WWPR), where he held the positions of assistant program director and music director. Gamere helped bring Power to the top of the ratings, and developed it into one strongest brands in radio.
At Power, he worked with top flight talent, such as Angie Martinez, DJ Clue, and was instrumental in the creation of the nationally syndicated morning show The Breakfast Club with DJ Envy, Angela Yee and breakout hip-hop radio star Charlamagne tha God.
Gamere said, "I am extremely excited to be joining UTA. Finding and developing music talent has always been my passion. I believe that my experience as a major market programmer/DJ along with my artist and label relationships, will fit in perfectly with UTA's music culture and staff."
UTA CEO Jeremy Zimmer said, "Geoff is a legendary voice in the world of music radio and represents the true entrepreneurial spirit that we embrace at UTA. His decades of industry experience make him a great addition as we continue to create new and innovative opportunities for our clients and grow UTA's music business."
Gamere was also responsible for helping produce numerous live music events for Power including the successful Power Live concert series, and the station's annual Powerhouse. Prior to WWPR, Gamere was employed at his hometown station, JAMN 94.5 (WJMN) in Boston. At JAMN, along with his programming duties, he had his own top-rated nightly show as an on-air personality and DJ. In 2001, Gamere created a two hour weekly show dedicated to breaking new artists and music called The Launch Pad.
Outside of radio, Gamere is respected as a top tier DJ, who has played events nationwide in Boston, New York, Miami, Las Vegas and more.
Gamere's appointment accompanies a series of new agency hires. UTA recently named Greg Janese to lead the agency's corporate and special events division, Toni Wallace as head of Music Brand Partnerships, as well as Rob Walker, Mike "Mike G" Guirguis, Bex Majors, and Billy Wood as music agents.