WASHINGTON, D.C./NEW YORK -- Bob Pittman, Chairman of Clear Channel Media and Entertainment Platforms and founding member of the media investment firm Pilot Group, LLC, will lead a Radio Show Super Session titled "Total Radio" on Thursday, September 15. The session will cover the overall positioning of Radio and how digital fits into the landscape. The Radio Show, jointly produced by the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) and Radio Advertising Bureau (RAB), will be held at the Hyatt Regency in Chicago September 14-16.
"Radio Show attendees stand to benefit from Mr. Pittman's tremendous insight on the evolution of media and his thoughts on Radio's promising digital future," said Jeff Haley, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Radio Advertising Bureau. "The enhancements in Radio today complement our core business and offer our listeners and advertisers unmatched value propositions. Bob is uniquely positioned to share his perspective."
Pittman's previous duties as chief operating officer (COO) of America Online, Inc. (AOL), president and chief executive officer (CEO) of Time Warner Enterprises, co-founder of MTV and former CEO of MTV Networks, and CEO of Century 21 and Six Flags Theme Parks, as well as his role as a successful venture investor and lead investor in several digital companies, have led to significant changes in the media industry. "Total Radio" will draw on Pittman's experience in the evolving media landscape to address the impact of digital technology on the radio business. Pittman will also discuss how Clear Channel Radio, with its on-air footprint and digital properties such as iHeartRadio, is engaging listeners however and wherever they go.
During Pittman's tenure at AOL, subscription rates increased from 5 million to 30 million as Pittman worked to bring the organization into the mainstream consumer market. Prior to AOL, Pittman led the programming content team that created the MTV cable network and helped launch the music video industry. As CEO of MTV Networks, Pittman oversaw the growth of MTV and the expansion of the company into international markets. It was during this time that MTV Networks became the first profitable cable network group, a status that was held throughout Pittman's tenure at MTV.
A Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame inductee, Pittman is the recipient of numerous awards, including Advertising Age's "10 Marketers Who Changed American Culture;" 'Seven Others Who Succeeded' in Time magazine's "1984 Man of the Year" edition; Life magazine's "Five Original Thinkers of the 80's" and "50 Most Influential Boomers;" BusinessWeek's "Top 25 Executives of 1998;" and Advertising Age's "50 Pioneers and Visionaries of TV." In 2002, Pittman received the International Radio and Television Society's Gold Medal Award.
About the Radio Show
The 2011 Radio Show, produced by the Radio Advertising Bureau (RAB) and the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB), will be held September 14-16 in Chicago. This year's show brings radio broadcasters and industry colleagues together to share knowledge, discover the latest innovations, network with industry leaders and explore creative business strategies to help radio flourish in the digital age. To learn more about the 2011 Radio Show, visit www.radioshowweb.com.
News media interested in covering the Radio Show should contact Eva Henninger at 202-429-5481.
The Radio Advertising Bureau serves more than 6,000 member Radio stations in the U.S. and over 1,000 member networks, representative firms, broadcast vendors, and international organizations. RAB leads and participates in educational, research, sales, and advocacy programs that promote and advance Radio as a primary advertising medium. Learn more at www.rab.com.
The National Association of Broadcasters is the premier advocacy association for America's broadcasters. NAB advances radio and television interests in legislative, regulatory and public affairs. Through advocacy, education and innovation, NAB enables broadcasters to best serve their communities, strengthen their businesses and seize new opportunities in the digital age. Learn more at www.nab.org.