NEW YORK -- (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Katz Media Group, the leading media representation company in the U.S., today announced veteran media executive, Mark Rosenthal, has been named CEO of Katz Radio Group (KRG), its radio representation company. Rosenthal, who was part of the original team that created MTV, Nickelodeon, VH1 and Comedy Central, has been a leader in the media industry for more than 25 years, building advertising and marketing solutions for world-class media brands.
In this new position, Rosenthal will oversee Katz Radio Group, working closely with President Mark Gray and the KRG team to ensure continued high-level performance in the transactional arena. Rosenthal will also focus on KRG’s radio advocacy efforts and lead an accelerated charge to bring additional revenue into the radio sector.
“We are thrilled to have such a well-respected media executive join Katz Radio Group. Mark has an enormous range of experience across all forms of media, from traditional and digital media to the agency world,” said John Hogan, Chairman and CEO of Clear Channel Media and Entertainment. “Radio is a powerful national marketing platform. Our goal is to continue to tell the success story of radio’s massive reach. Mark joining the team signifies a very exciting step forward in our intensified effort to drive substantial growth for Katz clients by providing the most innovative media solutions available.”
For nearly a decade, Rosenthal served as the President and COO of Viacom’s MTV Networks. Following his tenure at MTV Networks, he served as the Chairman and CEO of Interpublic Media, part of the Interpublic Group, one of the world’s leading organizations of advertising agencies and marketing service companies. Rosenthal then joined Internet company Spot Runner, where he was Vice Chairman and President of Media Platforms. In 2009, Current Media’s co-founders, Al Gore and Joel Hyatt, selected Rosenthal to become Chief Executive Officer of the cable news network and online destination. During his tenure, Current Media was the recipient of two Emmy Awards and the George Foster Peabody Award.
“It’s extremely exciting to be joining such a fantastic team,” said Mark Rosenthal, CEO of Katz Radio Group. “With new and impressive research showcasing radio’s true power and unique capabilities, now is a phenomenal time to join KRG and grow the business. My goal is to take an already superb company to the next level by bringing more money into the radio sector and creating unsurpassed media solutions for Katz clients.”
Rosenthal holds a Bachelor of Arts cum laude and an Honorary Doctorate from Kenyon College, and a MFA from Yale University. He will report to Clear Channel Media and Entertainment Chairman and CEO John Hogan.
About Katz Radio Group:
Katz Radio Group is America’s largest radio representation company and the leading authority on integrated multiplatform and multimedia radio campaigns. KRG represents 3,000 radio stations and a variety of digital platforms across the United States and Canada. KRG’s six divisions include: Katz Radio, Christal Radio, Eastman Radio, Univision Radio, CBS Radio Sales, Entercom Radio Sales and Katz 360 Sales.
About Katz Media Group
Katz Media Group is the leading media representation company in the U.S. with more than 4,000 radio stations and 500 television stations retaining its services. Katz Media Group is the only media representation company to serve a variety of over-the-air and digital platforms. A subsidiary of Clear Channel Communications, the company was founded in 1888 as the nation’s first media representation company. Today, Katz Media Group has 19 regional offices and holds leading market shares in both radio and television representation. By marrying legacy media with display, digital audio and mobile offerings, Katz works with national advertisers to create customized solutions across multiple video, mobile and web-based platforms.
About Clear Channel Media & Entertainment
With 243 million monthly listeners in the U.S., Clear Channel Media & Entertainment has the largest reach of any radio or television outlet in America. Clear Channel Media & Entertainment serves 150 markets through 840 owned radio stations, and the company’s radio stations and content can be heard on AM/FM, HD digital radio, satellite radio, on the Internet at iHeartRadio.com and on the company’s radio station websites, on the iHeartRadio mobile app, in enhanced auto dashes, on iPads and smartphones, and used via navigation systems. iHeartRadio, Clear Channel's digital radio platform, is the No. 1 all-in-one digital audio service with 210 million downloads; it reached 20 million registered users faster than any digital service in Internet history.
The company’s operations include radio broadcasting, online and mobile services and products, live concerts and events, syndication, music research services and independent media representation. Clear Channel Media and Entertainment is a division of CC Media Holdings, Inc. (OTCBB:CCMO), a leading global media and entertainment company.