Clear Channel Chairman and CEO Bob Pittman and CBS Radio CEO and President Dan Mason will headline a 2014 Radio Show Super Session in Indianapolis, Ind., at 9:15 a.m. on Sept. 11.
The session, “From the Control Room to the Board Room,” will be moderated by NAB Executive Vice President of Radio John David, and will explore how their early careers influence current leadership and programming decisions. The discussion will include both traditional radio and new platforms.
Pittman, Clear Channel’s current leader, began his career as a radio announcer in his native Mississippi before going on to program stations, including WNBC in New York. He also led the team that founded MTV, was CEO of MTV Networks, AOL Networks, Six Flags Theme Parks, Quantum Media, Century 21 Real Estate and Time Warner Enterprises, and COO of America Online Inc. and AOL Time Warner.
Pittman has been inducted into the Broadcasting and Cable Hall of Fame and received an International Radio and Television Society Gold Medal and AdWeek’s first Media Visionary award.
Mason, who started on the radio in his home state of Kentucky, today oversees CBS Radio’s 126 stations in 27 markets and has diversified the division’s portfolio through a combination of over-the-air and digital initiatives, a release explained. He has helped launch new formats at more than two-dozen stations; purchased FM stations in New York and Washington along with creating CBS Sports Radio. He also restored WCBS(FM) to its classic hits format.
Under Mason’s leadership, CBS Radio has taken steps to increase its digital presence, including building an online audio streaming platform, creating mobile applications that allow listeners to interact with CBS Radio on the go, and expanding its use of online video. During his first tenure as CBS Radio President from 1995–2002, Mason combined the original CBS Radio, Group W, Infinity Radio and American Radio Systems stations by merging operations, blending business styles and increasing profitability.
Mason serves as a member of the Board of the Academy of Country Music, as well as on the Board of Directors for The Broadcasters Foundation of America.