New York, NY (PRWEB) November 21, 2012
Clear Channel CEO Bob Pittman and Horizon Media CEO Bill Koenigsberg are serving as co-chairs of Radio Ink magazine’s Forecast 2013 conference, set for November 28, 2012 in New York. As co-chairs, Pittman and Koenigsberg have helped create an agenda featuring top figures in the radio, advertising, and financial industries.
Radio Ink Publisher Eric Rhoads says, “The radio industry is going through a major transformation, and moving into a new era of operation. This event will delve into what’s next in the radio broadcasting business.”
Pittman, who was named Clear Channel’s CEO in 2011, quickly became one of the radio industry’s most outspoken advocates. “As an industry, we need to be better about telling our own story,” Pittman says. “At the Forecast 2013 summit, we can discuss innovations, opportunities, and predictions for the coming year and give key members of the financial community the facts they need to truly understand radio’s potential.”
Bill Koenigsberg heads Horizon Media, the largest, fastest-growing independent media agency in the world. Horizon, with billing of $3.8 billion, has among its clientele such top brands as Geico, Capital One, United Airlines, and Kraft Foods. Koenigsberg says, “There are opportunities today that have never existed before to leverage the power of radio on behalf of marketers. Those who are prepared will move ahead, and those who aren’t will lose out on enormous business opportunity. Being at the center of this conversation with Forecast provides me a big seat at the table to offer contributions to further the radio industry.”
Koenigsberg will also take part on the annual Forecast Advertiser Super Session with other top agency executives. Appearing on that panel, moderated by marketing consultant David Verklin, will be Koenigsberg, Magna Global Worldwide CEO Tim Spengler, Carat President Doug Ray, and MediaVest USA CEO Brian Terkelsen.
The heads of all the major U.S. radio groups will be participating at Forecast 2013: Cumulus Media Chairman/CEO Lew Dickey, Entercom Communications President/CEO David Field, Clear Channel Media + Entertainment Chairman/CEO John Hogan, Emmis Communications Chairman/CEO Jeff Smulyan, Greater Media Inc. Chairman/CEO Peter Smyth, and Univision Radio President Jose Valle will all take part in this year’s Group Heads Super Session, moderated by award-winning journalist Rita Cosby. This is the traditional closing session at the Forecast event, and an opportunity for executives to speak freely about the real issues and opportunities for the radio industry. CBS Radio President/CEO Dan Mason will also be at Forecast, conducting an onstage interview with National Association of Broadcasters President/CEO Gordon Smith and Radio Advertising Bureau President/CEO Erica Farber.
Forecast 2012 will also feature a keynote address by nationally syndicated radio personality Glenn Beck, offering advice and examples, based on his own hugely successful online strategy, for creating the deep and personal relationships with listeners that are essential to thrive in the digital age.
Another Forecast highlight: an interview with Steven Rattner, who served as the Obama administration’s “Car Czar.” Rattner, now chairing Willett Advisors Inc., was a respected Wall Street financier with no automotive background when he accepted the job of overseeing the historic restructuring of the U.S. automotive industry. He’ll be talking about his observations on that industry, so closely allied with the radio and media businesses, in an onstage interview conducted by Bloomberg Radio’s Tom Keene and Michael McKee.
Also on the packed Forecast agenda: An onstage interview of finance-industry legend John C. Bogle, conducted by nationally syndicated radio personality Michael Smerconish; an address on the future of radio, and its print competitors, by Borrell Associates CEO Gordon Borrell; and panels on revenue trends, investment strategies, and radio measurement and research. Additionally, Radio Ink’s Lifetime Leadership Awards will honor broadcaster Dick Clark and former BMI President Frances Preston, both of whom passed away in 2012.
About Forecast Radio Ink’s Forecast is the radio industry’s exclusive financial conference, gathering radio owners, CEOs, CFOs, group executives, and managers with Wall Street and private equity investors and analysts to forecast the upcoming year. Well informed and noted economic, political, and media participants present trends, opportunities, projections, and analytical commentary on the state of business, especially as it impacts media. Now in its 10th year, Forecast has become the premium event in radio financial circles. The event is held at the Harvard Club in New York City and is closed to the press.
Immediately following Forecast, Radio Ink’s “40 Most Powerful People in Radio” are honored at an exclusive, invitation-only reception, also at the Harvard Club. Forecast attendees will get the exclusive opportunity to mingle with these industry luminaries. Only registered conference attendees are guaranteed invitations to this premier networking after-party. Attendance is limited to 200.
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 magazine, published 22 times per year, focuses on marketing, management, and multi-platform challenges facing radio broadcasters today. Radio Ink also reaches nearly 50,000 radio executives online with daily e-mail headlines and news at http://www.radioink.com. The publication has also created several annual "gold standard" lists, including the 40 Most Powerful People in Radio, the Most Influential Women in Radio, and the Radio Wayne Awards.