When you attend Radio Ink's annual Forecast conference, you know you're going to hear frank assessments of the state of the industry from the leaders of radio's largest groups. But just as important to hear from is our annual panel of independent operators whose ability to react quickly to changes in the market and technology often puts them on the leading edge of radio. At Forecast 2015 , November 19 at the Harvard Club in New York, Walter Sabo will lead a conversation with the Independents.
Sabo Media CEO Walter Sabo is a media visionary and a natural marketer with unparalleled expertise in media programming, promotion, and management as a successful entrepreneur, operator, brand builder, innovator, and strategic adviser. He was the founding programming strategist for eight years for Sirius Satellite Radio, a vice president of the ABC Radio Networks, and executive vice president of NBC Radio. Offering executive-on-demand services through Sabo Media, he has worked with ABC, NBC, Sirius Satellite Radio, Clear Channel, Gannett, Infinity, Blackstone, Dow Jones, and many others to launch trusted, groundbreaking, and profitable content solutions.
Dean Goodman is CEO, president, and founder of Digity Companies, LLC, a diversified media, digital, entertainment, and event marketing company. Digity owns and/or operates 113 radio stations nationwide and is the fifth-largest radio group in the U.S. (pending closing of a 3 Eagles purchase). Before forming Digity, Goodman was president/COO of Paxson Communications (Ion Media Networks), where he acquired, built, financed, and operated over 70 TV stations, cable and broadcast networks, more than a hundred radio stations, TV show productions, the Travel Channel, and an outdoor company. Goodman has worked in many facets of the media and entertainment industry, including on-air, programming and production, and sales. He served on the board and executive committee of the NAB for over 15 years.
Elizabeth (Beth) Neuhoff is president and CEO of Neuhoff Communications. Earlier in her career she served in various positions at Interep, beginning as a national media sales rep and concluding a 13-year run as executive vice president of the Midwest region, overseeing over $200 million in media sales. She now heads Neuhoff Communications, a broadcast company serving small and mid-size communities. Neuhoff also serves on the board of the Broadcasters Foundation of America.
Duke Wright is CEO and chairman of Midwest Communications. His radio career began in 1958, with a 250-watt AM station in Wausau, WI; in the ensuing years Wright built Midwest into a 73-station group with a substantial digital component. He has worked in virtually every area of radio over the years, including announcing, programming, sales and sales management, and general and market management. Wright is a member of three Halls of Fame, having been recognized for contributions to broadcasting and the music and recording industries. Midwest operates mostly in rated markets ranging in size from market 45 to market 255. The company ranked 19th in total radio sales in the U.S. in 2013.
November 19, 2014