Black Information Network VP Tanita Myers dies at 49 after attending Essence Fest

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iHeartMedia lost a member of its corporate team earlier this week.

According Dark Information Network (BIN), Tanita Myers, who served as vice president of information operations at iHeartMedia’s Black Information Network (BIN), died Wednesday, July 13 at the age of 49.

“Tanita was a passionate leader, a champion for women in journalism, and one of the driving forces behind the Black Information Network,” said BIN President, Tony Cole said in a written statement.

“We are a better organization because of her dedication to our mission, and we are better humans because of her love, humor and wit. While she took great pride in her work, it was her friends and family who brought her the most joy.” Tanita’s smile always grew a little brighter when she talked about her mother and her son Brandon.

Two years ago, in June 2020, Myers joined iHeartMedia’s Black Information Network after working for 15 years at Reach Media, as Senior Director of Radio Operations. She previously held the position of Director of Operations for Tom Joyner’s Morning Show and executive producer of Rickey Smiley’s Morning Show. She has worked at various radio stations in Phoenix, Dallas and Flint, Michigan.

Indoor Radio reported that Myers was rushed to Tulane Hospital in New Orleans when she suffered a medical emergency and was admitted to intensive care. She later died.

Roland Martin, another BIN commenter, shared a few words about his colleague on his Instagram account. Martin said he spoke with Myers over brunch at the Essence Festival of Culture in New Orleans, which ran from June 30 to July 3.

“This morning has already started with difficulty. The other day I posted about the loss of a colleague. That person was Tanita Myers, director of information operations for @blackinformationnetwork from @iHeartRadio. Tanita and I worked together at @flyjocktomjoyner’s REACH Media and she was our liaison between REACH and @tvonetv’s #NewsOneNow.

“She was the person I sent my daily BIN comments to. When the network was launched, it was Tanita who was my biggest cheerleader and who insisted that I be hired. Her death is so shocking because I last saw her at @essencefest Friday at @McDonalds brunch with @Keke Palmer Tanita was Tanita: loud and funny We kissed and laughed I was working so it was fast. The next day was her birthday and she was supposed to have dinner in New Orleans. But she never made it.”

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