Dan Mason has been named President and Chief Executive Officer of CBS Radio, it was announced today by Leslie Moonves, President and Chief Executive Officer, CBS Corporation (NYSE: CBS.A and CBS). Mason will oversee CBS Radio's 144 radio stations, as well as the day-to-day operations of the division. He will report directly to Moonves.
"Dan brings with him a wealth of diverse experience and a true passion for the radio business," said Moonves. "He is a well known and respected leader within the industry and our Company, and his perspectives on how radio can thrive and grow in our highly competitive media world are very exciting. Dan has a key understanding of the huge potential of our radio operations, and we are very pleased indeed to welcome him back to CBS."
"Radio reaches more than 90% of the population of the United States, and there is no better medium to call our listeners to action and deliver results for our advertisers," said Mason. "The combination of our premiere content with new technology applications will enable CBS Radio to move to a new plateau. Exciting times are ahead for our industry and especially at CBS."
Mason returns to CBS Radio after serving as an adviser and consultant to CBS and other domestic and international companies in the radio broadcasting industry for the past five years. Prior to that, Mason was President of CBS Radio from 1995 to 2002. As the executive responsible for operating the group's 184 stations in the largest markets across the United States, Mason successfully integrated the original CBS, Group W, Infinity Radio and American Radio Systems stations, among the most venerable radio broadcasting groups in the country, by merging operations, blending business styles and increasing profitability.
Mason joined Westinghouse as President of Group W Radio in 1993. He began his career in radio in 1975 at WZGC-FM in Atlanta. In 1977, he moved to WPGC-FM in Washington, D.C., where he was that station's Program Director as well as National Program Director for First Media, the parent company. In 1979, at the age of 27, he was named Vice President/General Manager of KTSA/KTFM in San Antonio. Mason later returned to First Media where he was named Executive Vice President. When First Media became Cook Inlet Radio Partners, he was named that organization's President in 1988.
A native of Louisville, Ky., Mason graduated from Eastern Kentucky University with a Bachelor of Science degree in broadcasting, and in 2006 was given an honorary Doctorate of Humanities from that institution. He has two sons and resides in suburban Washington, D.C.
At the same time, the Company announced that after more than two years as Chief Executive Officer of CBS Radio, Joel Hollander has stepped down from his position. Hollander joined the company in 2003 as President and Chief Operating Officer.
"We want to thank Joel for all his years of service to our company, and wish him the best in his future endeavors," said Moonves.
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