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Cosby Says Forecast Panel "Monumental"

Rita Cosby is an Emmy-winning TV host and best-selling author who anchored shows on Fox News Channel and NBC. She's currently a special correspondent for CBS' Inside Edition and will moderate Radio Ink's Group Head panel at Forecast in New York City next week. "Given the incredible transformation and digital innovations in the radio world today, and our recent presidential election, this is a monumental time to hear from those who move the dial and move the markets. I really look forward to moderating this insightful panel of dynamic leaders at Forecast and hearing from the true visionaries of our industry." Radio Ink has assembled the biggest names for this panel. They are setting the agenda in radio for years to come.

Lew Dickey is Chairman and CEO of Cumulus Media, the second-largest radio group in station count, a revenue leader, and a company with ever-growing industry influence. Cumulus Media Networks, meanwhile, serves more than 4,500 affiliate stations nationwide. Dickey co-founded Cumulus in 1997, and earlier founded Stratford Research; his background in research and statistics remains evident in his management style today.

David Field serves as President and CEO of Entercom Communications, which owns and operates more than 100 radio stations, including newest acquisition KBLX-FM/San Francisco. Field has been with Entercom since 1987 and became CEO in 2002, and he's known as an active and high-profile advocate on a range of industry issues.

John Hogan, longtime president and CEO of Clear Channel Media + Entertainment, added the title of Chairman earlier this year. He's been with the company since 1999, when CC purchased Jacor, and now manages more than 800 stations and the top revenue generator in the radio industry. Under Hogan's auspices, Clear Channel's iHeartRadio platform is growing fast and attracting partners like Cumulus Media.

Jeff Smulyan, founder and Chairman/CEO of Emmis Communications, wields outsize influence in the radio industry as a respected industry spokesman, most recently as an advocate for FM chips in cellphones, urging their importance as a matter of public safety. After operating WNTS in Indianapolis and KCRO in Omaha, Smulyan formed and became principal shareholder of Indianapolis-based Emmis in 1980.

Peter Smyth, Chairman/CEO of Greater Media, Smyth is known an industry leader on the local, state, and national levels, working with the NAB and RAB on various industry initiatives. He joined Greater Media in 1986 as GM of WMJX-FM/Boston. He became President/COO in 2000 and CEO in 2002, and added the chairman's title in 2008.

Jose Valle is President of Univision Radio, the leading U.S. Spanish-language broadcaster. Before his most current post, he was VP/GM for Univision's Los Angeles cluster, and bfore joining Univision, Valle served as President and GM of Telemundo flagship KVEA and oversaw operations for Spanish-language independent KWHY-TV in Los Angeles. Prior to that, he was VP/GM of KXTX/Dallas from 2002-2008.

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