AAF Houston is proud to announce Eddie Martiny, Region President for iHeartMedia/Houston, as our 2023 Silver Medal Recipient.
As Region President for iHeartMedia/Houston, Martiny oversees operations for seven radio stations: KQBT-FM, KODA-FM, KTBZ-FM, KTRH-AM, KPRC-AM, KBME-AM, KXYZ-AM. Under Eddie’s direction, the Houston market has been a consistent leader for iHeartMedia, generating the 3rd highest market revenues for the company, behind only New York and Los Angeles.
Eddie is proud of his incredibly loyal team of managers that have created a culture that he considers to be second to none. The culture is evident considering iHeart Houston has the lowest employee turnover of all iHeart Media. Under Eddie’s leadership, the company was named one of the “Best Places to Work” in the Houston Chronicle and he was named CEO of the Year by Houston Business Journal.
The iHeart Houston team shares Martiny’s passion for giving back to the community. As Chairman of the local chapter of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, the team has raised over $4.5m over the last 8 years from its annual golf tournament and radiothon. Martiny also leads the iHeart Advisory Council and is actively involved with Camp Hope, an organization that assists veterans suffering from PTSD and Star of Hope, a local homeless shelter.
Eddie and iHeart Houston have been consistent and generous supporters of AAF Houston, contributing time and resources to a wide variety of programs.
Eddie was raised in New Orleans, the youngest of a family of seven God-fearing Roman Catholics. One brother is a Louisiana State Senator, and another is a Roman Catholic priest.
Eddie graduated from Louisiana State University, BA LSU School of Journalism. Studying Advertising at Louisiana State University, Eddie planned to go to law school upon graduation. His senior year he was able to work on a real-world advertising campaign with a team of fellow students. That team would compete against others with the winner advancing to NSAC’s Regional Competition. Although Eddie’s team ended up as Runner Up, he enjoyed the project so much that he decided to put off law school and seek a job in advertising. 36 years later he is still in the industry, and law school is still on the back burner.
Eddie and his wife, Liz, have three children: Bailey, Brooke, and Mitch. He says his own happiness is centered around balance in life: work, family, faith, community, and health. He is proud of his very close-knit family and makes it clear that he would not be where he is today without his faith.
The Silver Medal Award, first granted locally in 1962, is part of the American Advertising Federation’s Silver Medal program and recognizes men and women who have made outstanding contributions to advertising and who have been active in furthering the industry’s standards, creative excellence, and responsibility in areas of social concern.
Please join us as we honor Eddie Martiny with the Silver Medal at the 61st annual American Advertising Awards.
Thursday, February 16th
The Ballroom at Bayou Place
6:00 Reception & Gallery of Entries
7:30 Dinner & Awards Presentations