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AdWeek Names Pittman its First Media Visionary


AdWeek magazine says Clear Channel CEO Bob Pittman has had many incarnations making him a jack of all media. The profile piece includes quotes about Pittman from Ryan Seacrest and John Sykes and Pittman's MTV colleague Tom Freston who says his friend has been “reincarnated so many times he’s like Buddha.” AdWeek named Pittman its first ever "AdWeek Hot List Media Visionary." In the profile piece, Pittman discusses his return to corporate America, getting fully involved in running Clear Channel and trying to rebuild radio's reputation. (Picture courtesy AdWeek).

(12/17/2013 10:03:15 AM)
Bob Pittman is a complete fraud! Look at his track record at Clear Channel. What has he done? Hemorrhaging under a mountain of debt, declining ratings and revenues, mass exodus of employees, low morale. And what are his solutions? Let's go to the French Riviera to sip champagne, eat truffles and hob-nob with Elton John on the company dime while local station groups operate on a shoe string budget because of all the cutbacks. Remember Enron - this guy is a crook!

- Parker Shuntz
(12/16/2013 12:48:34 PM)
He didn't create the Mays mess at Clear Channel, but if anyone can turn it around I'll bet on Bob Pittman. He took the "blinders off" years ago when many of us didn't have the courage . . . a true visionary.

- John Rook
(12/16/2013 10:27:16 AM)
We agree with Tommy about Pittman. And Pittman's PR machine is obnoxiously unrelenting. All this self-serving glorifying of Pittman and Clear Channel is only an attempt to suck in more investor money, to keep Cheap Channel afloat, with $23 billion debt. And in the 4 years that Pittman has been there, CC hasn't made one dime profit. ... Visionary?!

- Bob
(12/16/2013 10:26:48 AM)
Expectations that Bob, on everybody's behalf, is going to "turn this thing around" may be just a tad overblown.

Further expectations that a guy who wakes in the morning - staring at 20 billion dollars of debt - is going to be researching for completely new and/or different strategies to save CCE and, by implication, the entire radio industry, might also be bordering on wishful thinking. Some might say delusional thinking.

Better for everybody to wish him well. In the meantime, it still falls on everybody in radio to identify and implement something different - no matter how small or seemingly insignificant.

Richard Carlson's admonition about not sweating the small stuff fits in nicely here. However, Carlson never said anything about ignoring or disregarding the small stuff either.

Whether Bob will be titled with the "Visionary" tag remains to be earned and demonstrated - over time. The alternative is nasty.

- Ronald T. Robinson
(12/16/2013 8:23:04 AM)
I am so tired of seeing Bob Pittman he is not a visionary! All he and his cronies have done is run Clear Channel into the ground; as far as their product on and off air they are horrible no localization, PC content is a joke and him trying to rebuild radio's reputation is a joke he and CC are the reason the business is doing what it's doing. Here's a thought take all those talented people you fired and give them a job and let them show you what they can do to generate revenue otherwise sell it!

- Tommy

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