Tanita Myers, the Vice President of News Operations at iHeartMedia’s Black Information Network (BIN), passed away on Wednesday, July 13, 2023, at the age of 49. She was a passionate leader, a champion of women in journalism, and one of the driving forces behind the BIN. Her death has shocked and saddened many people who knew her and admired her work.
A Medical Emergency in New Orleans
According to Inside Radio, Myers was attending the Essence Festival of Culture in New Orleans, which took place from June 30 to July 3. She was seen at a brunch with actress Keke Palmer on Friday, July 2. She was supposed to celebrate her birthday on Saturday, July 3, with a dinner in the city. However, she never made it.
Myers suffered a medical emergency and was rushed to Tulane Hospital in New Orleans. She was admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU) and never regained consciousness. On July 12, at 2:26 pm Arizona time, Myers’s family removed her life support. The exact cause of death has not been revealed by any sources.
A Long and Successful Career in Radio
Myers had a long and successful career in radio, spanning almost three decades. She started her professional career in 1992 as a midday host and promotional director at Mobley Broadcasting. Two years later, she moved to Phoenix Radio Stations as an entertainment reporter. In 1996, she became a morning show co-host at the Broadcast.
She joined Reach Media in 2004 as the executive producer of The Rickey Smiley Morning Show. She later became the director of operations for The Tom Joyner Morning Show. She spent 15 years at Reach Media, serving as the senior director of radio operations. She worked with various radio stations in Dallas, Phoenix, and Flint, Michigan.
In June 2020, she joined iHeartMedia’s Black Information Network as the vice president of news operations. She was one of the key figures behind the launch and development of the BIN, which is the first and only 24/7 national and local all news audio service dedicated to providing an objective, accurate, and trusted source of continual news coverage with a Black voice and perspective.
A Beloved Colleague and Friend
Myers was not only a talented and respected professional, but also a beloved colleague and friend to many people in the radio industry and beyond. She was known for her love, humor, spirit, dedication, and passion. She took great pride in her work, but also in her friends and family. She was especially close to her mother and her son Brandon.
Many people have expressed their condolences and tributes to Myers on social media. Tony Coles, the president of BIN, said: “We are a better organization because of her dedication to our mission, and we are better humans because of her love, her humor, and her spirit” . Roland Martin, a fellow BIN commentator, said: “She was our liaison between REACH and TV One’s NewsOne Now. She was the person who I sent my daily BIN commentaries to. When the network launched, it was Tanita who was my biggest cheerleader and who insisted that I be hired”
Tanita Myers will be greatly missed by many people who were touched by her life and work. She leaves behind a legacy of excellence and leadership in radio journalism. She also leaves behind a void that will be hard to fill. Rest in peace, Tanita Myers.