Clear Channel’s Pittman Tops Radio Ink Magazine’s List Of Radio’s Most Powerful People

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Bob Pittman, CEO of Clear Channel Communications parent CC Media Holdings, tops industry trade publication Radio Ink’s 2012 list of the 40 Most Powerful People in Radio. The highly anticipated annual “Top 40” list reflects the state of the radio business and the people who have the greatest influence over the industry as a whole.

These are the movers and shakers who make things happen in the radio industry

Bob Pittman, CEO of Clear Channel Communications parent CC Media Holdings, tops industry trade publication Radio Ink’s 2012 list of the 40 Most Powerful People in Radio. The highly anticipated annual “Top 40” list reflects the state of the radio business and the people who have the greatest influence over the industry as a whole.

Pittman, topping the list for the second consecutive year, is responsible for all operations at radio and multimedia giant Clear Channel, including the more than 800 radio stations that are the core of Clear Channel Media + Entertainment. CCM+E President/CEO John Hogan is in the second slot on Radio Ink’s 2012 list of radio’s most powerful people.

Also among the 40 Most Powerful are top executives at Cumulus Media, CBS Radio, Entercom Communications, Emmis Communcations, Greater Media Inc., and many other leading broadcast companies. The complete list appears below, and in the July 16, 2012 issue of Radio Ink magazine.

“These are the movers and shakers who make things happen in the radio industry,” said B. Eric Rhoads, publisher of Radio Ink. “The people on this list set the tone for the entire industry with their influence over advertising success, listening levels, and the lives of the people who work in radio. When these people innovate or make decisions, the rest of the industry tends to follow their lead.”

Pittman told Radio Ink magazine about his approach to leadership, “It’s about having a clear vision that everyone can believe in, turning that vision into an operating plan, and then executing on that plan with more urgency than anyone else.”

First published in 1996, the annual “40 Most Powerful List,” often referred to as the “Top 40,” is like the Forbes 400 list for the radio industry. People are chosen for the list based on the influence they hold over the industry, as determined by criteria including annual revenues, number of radio stations, number of listeners reached, and involvement and leadership in the community of radio.

Radio Ink Magazine’s “40 Most Powerful People in Radio”
1. Bob Pittman, CEO, Clear Channel Media Holdings
2. John Hogan, Chairman/CEO, Clear Channel Media + Entertainment
3. Lew Dickey Jr., , Chairman/President/CEO, Cumulus Media
4. Dan Mason, President/CEO, CBS Radio    
5. David Field, President/CEO, Entercom Communications    
6. Doug Franklin, President, Cox Media Group    
7. Jose Valle, President, Univision Radio    
8. Jeff Smulyan, Chairman/President/CEO, Emmis Communications    
9. Peter Smyth, Chairman/President/CEO, Greater Media Inc
10. Gordon Smith, President/CEO, NAB    
11. (tie) Ginny Morris, Chair, Hubbard Radio    
11. (tie) Bruce Reese, President/CEO, Hubbard Radio    
12. Tom Schurr, President/Operations, Major Markets, Clear Channel Media + Entertainment
12. Michael Weiss, President, CBS Radio Sales    
14. John Dickey, Co-COO/EVP, Cumulus Media    
15. (tie) Scott Herman, EVP/Operations, CBS Radio    
15. (tie) Alfred Liggins, President/CEO, Radio One    
16. Steven Price, Chairman/CEO, Townsquare Media    
17. Jon Pinch, Co-COO/EVP, Cumulus Media    
18. Mark Gray, President, Katz Radio Group    
19. (tie) Mike Agovino, COO, Triton Media    
19. (tie) Neal Schore, President/CEO, Triton Media    
20. Julie Talbott, President/Content & Affiliate Relations, Premiere Radio Networks
21. (tie) Spencer Brown, Co-CEO, Dial Global    
21. (tie) David Landau, Co-CEO, Dial Global    
21. (tie) Ken Williams, Co-CEO, Dial Global    
22. Edward Atsinger, President/CEO, Salem Broadcasting    
23. Edward Christian, Chairman/President/CEO, Saga Communications    
24. Raul Alarcon Jr., Chairman/President/CEO, Spanish Broadcasting System
25. Deborah Kane, Regional President, Entercom Communications    
25. Weezie Kramer, Regional President, Entercom Communications    
26. Don Benson, President/CEO, Lincoln Financial Media    
27. Traug Keller, SVP/Production, Business Divisions, ESPN    
28. John David, EVP/Radio, NAB    
29. Mark Masters, CEO, Talk Radio Network    
30. Randy Michaels, CEO, Merlin Media    
31. George Beasley, Chairman/CEO, Beasley Broadcast Group    
32. Jeffery Liberman, President/Radio, Entravision Communications    
33. Erica Farber, President/CEO, RAB    
34. William Kerr, President/CEO, Arbitron    
35. Nick Verbitsky, Chairman/CEO, United Stations Radio Networks
36. (tie) Caroline Beasley, EVP/CFO, Beasley Broadcast Group    
36. (tie) Steve Newberry, President/CEO, Commonwealth Broadcasting    
37. Jeff Simpson, CEO, Bonneville International    
38. Steve Smith, Chairman/CEO, Journal Broadcast Group    
39. Lenard Liberman, EVP, LBI Media    
40. Jeff Wilks, President/CEO, Wilks Broadcast Group    

About Radio Ink
Radio Ink is a radio-industry trade magazine that in 2012 is celebrating 20 years of service to the industry; the publication’s 20th anniversary will be featured in a special issue on October 22, 2012. Radio Ink is published 20 times per year in print and digital form, and also produces daily radio-industry news at http://www.radioink.com. The publication is a “how to” tool for the people who manage operations at radio stations and has subscribers at most radio stations in the United States and in 32 countries. Radio Ink published several list issues each year, with the “40 Most Powerful People in Radio” the most widely read list. Radio Ink is owned by Streamline Publishing Inc., based in Boynton Beach, Florida (http://www.streamlinepublishing.com).

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