Norman Pattiz: The American Broadcasting Mogul

Norman Pattiz is the founder and executive chair of PodcastOne, a leading producer and distributor of audio-on-demand programming. Pattiz founded Westwood One, a sports and entertainment broadcasting firm. IdeaMensch featured Norman on 19th December 2016. He revealed that on leaving Westwood One, he met Kit Gray and from their meeting, the idea of establishing PodcastOne was born. Gray was then working from his apartment based in Marina Del Rey, managing other people’s podcasts. The two gentlemen partnered to start their production. Four years down the line, their success speaks for itself.


Asked to describe his typical day, Pattiz told IdeaMensch that he is a hands-on person, involved in all day-to-day activities of his company. With the help of his assistant, he takes part in talent acquisition, innovation, technology, and ad sales in the firm. According to Pattiz, every idea can be realized if implemented in the right way. His strategy is simple: Assess the company’s capacity before starting the implementation process of any business idea.


The most exciting trend for Norman is the democratization of content consumption. Unlike before, making inroads to the public is easy nowadays.

Norman advised the readers that to succeed in business, one has to open earliest and close latest. He noted that with most traders going digital, it’s hard to understand the other market players.

Pattiz is not a fan of reading books. His role models are Steve Ross, Bill Paley, and Dan Miller. Despite the fact that all the three passed away, the knowledge they passed to Pattiz remains irreplaceable.


About Norman Pattiz


Norman Pattiz started his career in the Broadcasting Industry at Westwood One, Inc. He served as the CEO of the firm from 1974 to 1994 and the Board chairman from 1976 to 2010. Between 2000 and 2006, Pattiz served on the U.S. Broadcasting Board of Governors. Pattiz was once a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Pacific Council on International Policy. In 2001, Pattiz was appointed to be the director of the Regents of the University of California. He is currently The Regent of Energy Laboratories’ board member. He also serves as a board member of the Annenberg School of Communication, University of Southern California.


Norman has been honored with several awards, including The Freedom of Speech Award, Broadcaster of The Year Award, and the prestigious Education Service Award. He is an inductee of the National Radio of Fame, recognized in 2009 for his contributions to the radio industry.

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  1. Norman said that he has never had a bad job in his entire life, and would thus do nothing differently if given a chance to start his life afresh. It is a very reasonable thing to do and to write my essay which might not be an easy task at all would want that to happen.

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