The board of directors of the New York State Broadcasters Association announced today that Bob Pittman, Chairman and CEO of iHeartMedia, Inc., has been named its “Broadcaster of the Year.” Pittman will be honored at the New York Broadcast Leadership and Hall of Fame Luncheon which will be held at noon on October 19, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City.
David Donovan, President of NYSBA stated; “Bob Pittman is a true industry leader and perhaps the most creative, visionary and dynamic executive in broadcasting. 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 ‘0New York Broadcaster of the Year.’ “
Mr. Pittman’s history in radio began at age 15 when he worked as an on-air announcer in his native Mississippi; he went on to successfully program a number of radio stations, including WNBC in New York. Mr. Pittman is the co-founder and programmer who led the team that created MTV and has been CEO of MTV Networks, AOL Networks, Six Flags Theme Parks, Quantum Media, Century 21 Real Estate, and Time Warner Enterprises. He was also COO of America Online, Inc. and later of AOL Time Warner, and was a founding member of Pilot Group, LLC, a New York private investment firm..
Pittman is also a dedicated philanthropist, formerly serving as both Chairman of New York’s Public Theater and Chairman of the poverty-fighting Robin Hood Foundation, where he is still on the board. He is also on the boards of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Lupus Research Alliance.
Mr. Pittman’s recognitions include being inducted into the Advertising Hall of Fame and the Broadcasting and Cable Hall of Fame; receiving AdWeek’s first “Media Visionary” award; and being named one of Advertising Age's "50 Pioneers and Visionaries of TV" and "10 Marketers Who Changed American Culture.” He was also named Radio Ink Magazine’s “Most Powerful Person in Radio” for six years in a row (2011-2016); received the Broadcasters Foundation of America’s 2016 “Golden Mike Award"; was recognized as one of Life Magazine’s “Five Original Thinkers of the 80s” as well as the eighth of Life Magazine’s “50 Most Influential Boomers.” He won the International Radio and Television Society’s Gold Medal Award, the Robert F. Kennedy Ripple of Hope Award and the Bank Street College of Education’s President’s Award; received a 1986 White House Conference on Small Business Award for Entrepreneurial Excellence and a Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) Award.
Those wishing to attend the New York Broadcast Leadership and Hall of Fame Luncheon may register separately for the luncheon here.