Clear Channel's Hogan Tops Radio Ink Magazine's List Of Radio's Most Powerful People

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Clear Channel Radio President/CEO John Hogan tops industry trade publication Radio Ink's 2009 list of the 40 Most Powerful People in Radio. This annual catalog is highly anticipated throughout the radio industry, and includes top executives and influencers as ranked by Radio Ink's experienced editorial team.

Clear Channel Radio President/CEO John Hogan tops industry trade publication Radio Ink's 2009 list of the 40 Most Powerful People in Radio, an annual catalog of radio's most influential figures that is highly anticipated throughout the industry.

Hogan, topping the list for the first time, is responsible for more than 800 stations in markets of all sizes nationwide. His profile has only risen since parent company Clear Channel Communications moved from public to private, and Hogan's day-to-day control of this huge operation makes him, in the judgment of Radio Ink's experienced editorial team, the most influential person in the radio industry today.

"This annual list is not a popularity contest," said B. Eric Rhoads, Chairman and Publisher of Radio Ink. "Instead it is a reflection of the current state of the radio broadcasting industry. John Hogan has become the go-to guy for Clear Channel's new owners and has catapulted himself into the industry's most powerful position."

Another division chief, CBS Radio President/CEO Dan Mason, is second on the list, overseeing many large-market stations at a company that is consistently forward-thinking both on the air and in its digital initiatives. Clear Channel Communications CEO Mark Mays is number three on the list, tied with President/CFO Randall Mays. The Mays brothers have recently been less visible in the radio industry, but they remain key figures in this very high-profile organization.

One perhaps surprising figure on this year's list is Sirius XM Radio CEO Mel Karmazin, but Radio Ink believes it is time to define "radio" beyond towers and transmitters. Under Karmazin's leadership the satellite radio company has seen revenues rise in a down media market, even as the company narrowly evaded a hostile takeover earlier this year, and he remains one of the industry's most quoted and charismatic figures.

The 2009 top 10 Most Powerful People in Radio:

Clear Channel Radio President/CEO John Hogan
CBS Radio President/CEO Dan Mason
Clear Channel Communications CEO Mark Mays (tied)
Clear Channel Communications President/CFO Randall Mays (tied)
Cumulus Media Chairman/CEO Lew Dickey Jr.
Entercom Communications President/CEO David Field
Sirius XM Radio CEO Mel Karmazin
Emmis Communications Chairman/CEO Jeff Smulyan
Greater Media Chairman/CEO Peter Smyth
Katz Media CEO Stu Olds
Citadel Broadcasting Chairman/CEO Farid Suleman

The rest of the "Top 40" can be found in the July 6, 2009 issue of Radio Ink magazine.

About Radio Ink
Radio Ink is a leading radio broadcast trade publication, providing news, information, and commentary to radio sales and management professionals in the United States and 43 countries worldwide. The bi-weekly magazine focuses on marketing, management, and the multi-platform challenges facing radio broadcasters today. The publication has also created several annual "gold standard" lists, including the "40 Most Powerful People in Radio," the "Most Influential Women in Radio (MIWs)" "Radio Wayne," and Hispanic radio's "Medallas de Cortez" awards. Radio Ink reaches more than 30,000 radio executives with a daily headlines e-mail and news updated throughout the day at

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