Bob Pittman, David Field, Caroline Beasley, Randy Michaels and Colin Kinsella are just a few of the big names that will be on stage Wednesday during Forecast at The Harvard Club in New York City.
Veteran former CBS News Radio executive, Harvey Nagler, sits down with David Field and Bob Pittman for what is sure to be an eye-opening and fascinating close to a day of deep-dive discussions and informed conversation.
As Chairman and CEO of iHeartMedia, Bob Pittman heads up the number one audio company in the U.S. with a greater reach than any other media company in the country. iHeartMedia includes over 850 broadcast radio stations, digital, podcasts, outdoor, mobile, social, data, live events, and on-demand entertainment. Bob has been ranked #1 on Radio Ink’s Top 40 Most Powerful People in Radio for eight consecutive years and is the recipient of numerous awards and accolades for his industry leadership and dedication to many philanthropic causes.
And David Field, Chairman, President, and CEO of Entercom, sits at the helm of some of the most widely respected brand names in major markets across the country, as well as a huge sports radio franchise. These two leaders are, without question, the two most powerful individuals in the radio industry. Field was #2 on the Radio Ink Top 40 Most Powerful People in Radio list this year.
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Bob Pittman is Chairman and CEO of iHeartMedia, Inc., the number one audio company in America — and number one media outlet as well — by reach, with over a quarter-billion monthly broadcast listeners. iHeartMedia is also a major presence on many other platforms, including its iHeartRadio digital service, social, podcasts, influencers, and live concerts and events.
iHeartMedia has also created a unique and robust data platform and the only programmatic advertising platform for broadcast radio.
Pittman is the co-founder and programmer who led the team that created MTV. He has been CEO of MTV Networks, AOL Networks, Six Flags Theme Parks, Quantum Media, Century 21 Real Estate, and Time Warner Enterprises, and was COO of America Online, Inc. and AOL Time Warner.
Bob has been inducted into the Advertising Hall of Fame and the Broadcasting and Cable Hall of Fame; received AdWeek’s first “Media Visionary” award; was named one of Advertising Age‘s “50 Pioneers and Visionaries of TV” and “10 Marketers Who Changed American Culture”; and was recognized as one of Life Magazine’s “Five Original Thinkers of the 80s” as well as the eighth of Life magazine’s “50 Most Influential Boomers.”
He is the former chairman of both the New York Public Theater and the poverty-fighting organization the Robin Hood Foundation.
Pittman began his career at 15 as a radio announcer in his native Mississippi.
David Field is Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Entercom Communications Corp. (NYSE: ETM), a leading American media and entertainment company that reaches and engages over 100 million people each week across the nation’s top 50 markets through its premier collection of highly-rated radio stations, digital platforms, and live events. Philadelphia-based Entercom is one of the country’s two largest radio broadcasters and the nation’s unrivaled leader in news and sports radio.
Field has served as Entercom’s CEO since 2002 and its President since 1998. Under his leadership, Entercom has grown from 15 stations with $35 million in revenues, to over 235 stations with $1.6 billion in revenues and become the nation’s #1 creator of live, original, local audio content.
Prior to becoming Entercom’s President, Field served in a number of positions with the company, including Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer. Before joining Entercom, he was an investment banker at Goldman, Sachs & Co. in New York.
In addition to chairing the Entercom board, Field serves on the boards of the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB), the National Constitution Center, and The Wilderness Society, and on the Madison Council at the Library of Congress. Between 2005 and 2007, Field was chairman of the radio board of the NAB. He is a former trustee of the Philadelphia Zoo and the Ad Council.
Field has received numerous civic and professional awards, including the National Association of Broadcasters’ National Radio Award in 2017. He is a three-time recipient of Institutional Investor magazine’s “Best CEOs in America” and a two-time recipient of Radio Ink Magazine’s Radio Executive of the Year Award. In 2017, he was honored as a “Giant in Broadcasting” by the International Radio & Television Society.
Harvey Nagler served as Vice President, CBS News Radio from January 1998 through January 2017. During his tenure, he was responsible for CBS News radio operations worldwide, including news gathering and programming and its relationship with its thousands of affiliated stations around the country. Under his leadership, CBS Radio News captured dozens of national and international awards, including seven coveted Edward R. Murrow “Overall Excellence Awards” from the Radio Television News Directors Association. In addition, Mr. Nagler has been personally honored over the years by numerous professional organizations. He has been the recipient of the Radio Television Digital News John F. Hogan Distinguished Service Award, the RTNDF First Amendment Service Award, and was named Radio News Executive of the Year in 2006 and 2008 in a poll taken by Radio and Records magazine, as well as other awards of distinction.
Prior to joining CBS Radio News, Nagler was Director, News and Programming for WCBS-AM Newsradio 88 (1987-97). He joined the station following a stint at United Stations Radio Networks, where he was Vice President, News and Sports (1985-87) and Director of News Operations (1979-84, when it was the RKO Radio Networks).
Before that, Nagler worked for the ABC Radio Network in a variety of capacities (1968-79). He began his career in 1966 as a reporter for WCTC-AM, New Brunswick, NJ.
Today, Mr. Nagler divides his time between consulting news and broadcast operations and extensive travel.