We are pleased to announce that former Greater Media CEO Peter Smyth is the recipient of Radio Ink‘s 2018 Lifetime Leadership Award. The award is presented as part of the annual Radio Ink Forecast summit, held at the Harvard Club in New York City. Forecast this year will be held on November 14.
Radio Ink Publisher Deborah Parenti said, “Peter Smyth is someone who has ‘walked the talk’ throughout his distinguished career, both as a broadcaster and a humanitarian. It’s an honor to present him with the Radio Ink Lifetime Leadership Award for his many accomplishments and contributions to the industry he as made over ‘Act One’ of his career. Knowing Peter, this is only intermission time and we look forward to the second act he no doubt will still write.”
As CEO of Greater Media, from 2003 to 2016, Smyth oversaw the company’s 21 radio stations in Boston, Charlotte, Detroit, Philadelphia, and New Jersey. The company was sold to Beasley Media Group in 2016, the year Greater Media turned 60 years old.
Smyth began his career in broadcasting in 1977 as an account executive with WROR-FM in Boston. He was quickly promoted to General Sales Manager, a position he held for the next five years. In 1983, RKO General, the parent company of WOR, recruited him to serve as GSM of its New York stations, where he directed the company’s sales operations until his departure in 1986 to work at Greater Media. Smyth worked in many important positions at Greater Media over the years, including General Manager of WMJX-FM in Boston, Vice President of the Radio Group, and Chief Operating Officer.
In 2005 and 2011, Smyth was recognized by Radio Ink as America’s Best Broadcaster. In addition, over the past decade, he’s been recognized as one of Radio Ink’s 40 Most Powerful People in Radio, ranking among the top 10. In 2007, he was named Radio Ink‘s Radio Executive of the Year, an award that honors top executives who exemplify the values that are vital to the growth and success of radio.
In the past, Smyth has served as chairman of the Radio Advertising Bureau’s board of directors, president of the New England Media Association, and as elected member of the board of directors of the National Association of Broadcasters.
Previous Lifetime Leadership Award recipients are:
Gary Fries and Eddie Fritts
Dick Clark, Frances Preston