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Football Owner Eyes Radio; Hires Zier

Football Owner Eyes Radio; Hires Zier

Daniel Snyder is eyeing radio ownership and building a media company that will act as the broadcast home for his football team.
Red Zone LLC is a private investment firm founded by the Washington Redskins owner. It launched Red Zebra Broadcasting and hired Clear Channel exec Bennett Zier as CEO.
Zier was VP for Clear Channel’s Washington/Baltimore region and market manager for D.C. Red Zebra Broadcasting is shopping for radio, television and Internet outlets. Red Zebra also will be the broadcast home of the Washington Redskins and offer related programming. The company said Zier hopes to announce the first acquisition shortly.
Clear Channel said it would search a replacement immediately. Clear Channel Radio’s Washington/Baltimore region has 32 stations, including WWDC(FM), WASH(FM) and WPOC(FM) in Baltimore.
Bennett started in New York with Greater Media and then spending 14 years with CBS Radio in New York and Boston. He launched and was GM of Washington’s sports/talk station, WTEM(AM), as well as oldies station WBIG(FM).
Red Zone is also the largest single stockholder of Six Flags Inc. and as a result of recent management changes it pushed at the theme park company, Snyder was named chairman of Six Flags.