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The 40 Most Powerful People in Radio for 2012

Determining who wields the real power in the radio industry is a process that begins the day after “40 Most Powerful” issue is published each year. It’s a yearlong event that involves recording changes in the industry as they occur and filing them away for meetings the following year. When the time arrives to create the annual list, the full editorial team is engaged to debate positions based on multiple data points, including revenues, revenue per station, employee count, number of stations, and levels of involvement in the community of radio. The debate continues for multiple weeks, through extensive research and fact-checking.

The “40 Most Powerful” is not a popularity contest, but a true reflection of who controls the radio industry at this moment in time. How the industry performs lies squarely on their shoulders and impacts the rest of us at all levels of this fine industry. For the year 2012, these are the people laying the foundation for our future and making the decisions that impact us today.

To See how the Top 40 appeared in the July 2012 issue of Radio Ink GO HERE

#1) BOB PITTMAN
CEO
Clear Channel Media Holdings
2011 Rank: 1
Years on List: 2


#2) JOHN HOGAN
Chairman/CEO
Clear Channel Media + Entertainment
2011 Rank: 2
Years on List: 11


#3) LEW DICKEY JR.
Chairman/CEO
Cumulus Media
2011 Rank: 3
Years on List: 15


#4) DAN MASON
President/CEO
CBS Radio
2011 Rank: 4
Years on List: 13


#5) DAVID FIELD
President/CEO
Entercom Communications
2011 Rank: 5
Years on List: 13


#6) DOUG FRANKLIN
President
Cox Media Group
2011 Rank: 10
Years on List: 2


#7) JOSE VALLE
President
Univision Radio
2011 Rank: 19
Years on List: 2


#8) JEFF SMULYAN
Chairman/CEO
Emmis Communications
2011 Rank: 6
Years on List: 17 (every year since the Power list started, in 1996)


#9) PETER SMYTH
Chairman/CEO
Greater Media
2011 Rank: 7
Years on List: 11


#10) GORDON SMITH
President/CEO
NAB
2011 Rank: 8
Years on List: 3


#11) GINNY MORRIS
Chair
Hubbard Radio
2011 Rank: 9
Years on List: 4 (2005, 2006, 2011, 2012)
and

BRUCE REESE

President/CEO
Hubbard Radio
2011 Rank: 9
Years on List: 17 (Every year since 1996)

 


#12) TOM SCHURR
Clear Channel
President/Operations/Major Markets Clear Channel Media + Entertainment
2011 Rank: 21
Years on List: 3


#13) SCOTT HERMAN
EVP/Operations
CBS Radio
2011 Rank: 17
Years on List: 6


and

MICHAEL WEISS
President
CBS Radio Sales
2011 Rank: N/A
Years on List: New


#14) JOHN DICKEY
Co-COO/EVP
Cumulus Media
2011 Rank: 13
Years on List: 6


#15) ALFRED LIGGINS

President/CEO
Radio One
2011 Rank: 11
Years on List: 14


#16) STEVEN PRICE

Chairman/CEO
Townsquare Media
2011 Rank: 17
Years on List: 2


#17) JON PINCH
Co-COO/EVP
Cumulus Media
2011 Rank: 13
Years on List: 10

#18) MARK GRAY
President
Katz Radio Group
2011 Rank: 16
Years on List: 2

 

#19) NEAL SCHORE
President/CEO
Triton Media Group
2011 Rank: 24
Years on List: 4


and

MIKE AGOVINO
COO
Triton Media Group
2011 Rank: 24
Years on List: 3

 

#20) JULIE TALBOTT
President/Content & Affiliate Relations
Premiere Radio Networks
2011 Rank: 23
Years on List: 2
 

#21) Dial Global
DAVID LANDAU
Co-CEO
Dial Global
2011 Rank: 28
Years on List: 6


KEN WILLIAMS
Co-CEO
Dial Global
2011 Rank: 28
Years on List: 5

 

SPENCER BROWN
Co-CEO
Dial Global
2011 Rank: 28
Years on List: 2

 

#22) EDWARD ATSINGER
CEO
Salem Communications
2011 Rank: 20
Years on List: 16

 

#23) EDWARD CHRISTIAN
Chairman/CEO
Saga Communications
2011 Rank: 18
Years on List: 15

 

#24) RAUL ALARCON
Chairman/CEO
Spanish Broadcasting System
2011 Rank: 20
Years on List: 15

 

#25) WEEZIE KRAMER
Regional President
Entercom
2011 Rank: 27
Years on List: 2

and

DEBORAH KANE
Regional President
Entercom
2011 Rank: 27
Years on List: 2



#26) DON BENSON

President/CEO
Lincoln Financial
Media
2011 Rank: 32


 

#27) TRAUG KELLER
SVP/Production, Business Divisions
ESPN
2011 Rank: 37
Years on List: 5 (2003-2005, 2011-2012)

 

#28) JOHN DAVID
EVP/Radio
NAB
2011 Rank: 31
Years on List: 13

 

#29) MARK MASTERS
CEO
Talk Radio Network
2011 Rank: 29
Years on List: 7

 

#30) RANDY MICHAELS
CEO
Merlin Media
2011 Rank: N/A
Years on List: 8 (1996-2002, 2012)

 


#31) GEORGE BEASLEY
Chairman/CEO
Beasley Broadcast Group
2011 Rank: 22
Years on List: 13


 

#32) JEFF LIBERMAN
President/Radio
Entravision Communications
2011 Rank: 25
Years on List: 6

 

#33) ERICA FARBER
President/CEO
RAB
2011 Rank: N/A
Years on List: NEW

 

#34) WILLIAM KERR
President/CEO
Arbitron
2011 Rank: 34
Years on List: 3

 

#35) NICK VERBITSKY
Chairman/CEO
United Stations Radio Networks
2011 Rank: 36
Years on List: 2

 

#36) CAROLINE BEASLEY
EVP/CFO
Beasley Broadcast Group
2011 Rank: 40
Years on List: 2



and

STEVE NEWBERRY
CEO Commonwealth
Broadcasting
2011 Rank: 40
Years on List: 4

 

#37) JEFF SIMPSON
President/CEO
Bonneville International
2011 Rank: N/A
Years on List: NEW

 

#38) STEVE SMITH
Chairman/CEO
Journal Broadcast Group
2011 Rank: 38
Years on List: 2

 


#39) LENARD LIBERMAN
President/CEO
Liberman Broadcasting
2011 Rank: 39
Years on List: 2



#40) JEFF WILKS
President/CEO
Wilks Broadcast Group
2011 Rank: 33
Years on List: 2


 
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