Bob Pittman, the CEO of iHeartMedia, has been honored by the New York State Broadcasters Association as its Broadcaster of the Year. The board of directors of the NYSBA announced that Pittman will receive the award during the New York Broadcast Leadership and Hall of Fame Luncheon that takes place during NAB Show New York.
Pittman began his radio career at age 15 as an on-air announcer in his home state of Mississippi. In his career he also programmed a number of stations, including WNBC in New York. He was the co-founder and programmer for MTV. He has served as CEO for MTV Networks, AOL Networks, Six Flags Theme Park, Quantum Media, Century 21 Real Estate and Time Warner Enterprises. He was also COO of America Online, Inc., and later AOL Time Warner.
“Bob Pittman is a true industry leader and perhaps the most creative, visionary and dynamic executive in broadcasting,” said David Donovan, president of NYSBA. “His views not only shape the radio industry, but the future of all media in this country. We are deeply honored to recognize him as the ‘New York Broadcaster of the Year.’”
The ceremony will take place on Oct. 19 at the Javits Center in New York.