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2017 was quite a year for David Field. He's wanted to grow Entercom into one of radio's biggest companies for nearly a decade. Field's patience paid off when he put together a deal to reel in the big fish last year, CBS Radio. As a result, Radio Ink named Field Radio's Executive of the year. This is the second time Field has been chosen as Radio Executive of the Year (2006). Here's our full cover story interview with the Entercom CEO.
(By Editor-in-Chief Ed Ryan) This story appeared in the December 18 issue of Radio Ink Magazine. Skyview Networks was launched by Ken Thiele and Dave Chamberlain during the 1995-1996 NBA season. The goal was to get the games broadcast to markets outside Phoenix. They've come a long way since that idea was launched over 20 years ago.
Radio Ink's Editor-in-Chief Ed Ryan sat down with Daymond John, of ABC’s Shark Tank, to find out what this world-famous branding expert has to say about radio’s branding? John will also be a key part of Radio Ink’s Forecast 2018 on November 15 in New York City, where he’ll be taking part in a special one-on-one conversation with Jay Abraham, CEO of the Abraham Group.
Lew Dickey created Cumulus Media 20 years ago, in 1997. In 2015 he was pushed out of the company by its board of directors. So what is Lew Dickey up to, and what is he really interested in purchasing? What are his views of radio from the outside — outside for the first time in 32 years — and what are his thoughts on the company he launched in 1997? Let's find out.
Bill Hendrich didn’t plan to be in radio when he started his career. In his early 20s, he was running a travel agency in Mobile, AL, and the local radio stations would call on him to sell him advertising. He got to know the program director at WKSJ in Mobile, which led to Hendrich’s working with the station on listener trips. He would accompany the morning show host, the GM, and listeners and act as the tour guide in places like Las Vegas and Mexico.
Heather Cohen started radio classes in high school, at age 14. Later, at Hofstra University, she joined the radio program as a freshman and quickly realized she didn’t want to be on the air — while she was on the air. “I was afraid,” she says. “I was nervous every single time I would hit that button. I was one of those ‘Please, God, don’t let me screw this shift up’ people. I was very nervous.”
Let’s find out exactly where the radio ratings game is headed with Brad Kelly, Managing Director of Nielsen Audio, as your point man, the person who controls the currency that generates revenue from your ratings.
In March of 2017, with the departure of Mark Rosenthal, Mark Gray was promoted to CEO of Katz Media Group, overseeing Katz’s radio and television divisions. Radio Ink has named Gray one of its “40 Most Powerful People in Radio” for six consecutive years. We sat down with him for this lengthy interview.
The radio industry cheered when it became known that Ajit Pai would be elevated from FCC commissioner to the chairmanship thanks to President Trump’s 2017 designation. Pai has been a great friend and cheerleader for radio, and an advocate to fix the FCC’s archaic rules governing the industry. And, he's on the cover of the April 17 issue of Radio Ink Magazine.
Oswaldo Diaz is one of the most versatile and talented entertainers in Hispanic radio today. He’s got a unique talent for impersonation, a gift for creating live, on-the-spot hilarious moments for listeners and fans, and the charisma to attract big-name celebrities and artists to his show. Radio Ink sat down with Diaz to find out more about the man behind the mask.