Norman Pattiz has been in the radio world for more than 40 years. He is the founder of PodcastOne, and its Executive Chairman. He also founded Westwood One which became the country’s largest provider of radio programming. Westwood One dubbed Pattiz “radio giant”, owned or managed networks like NFL Football, CBS News, NCAA Basketball, and CNN Radio.
Courtside Entertainment Group was founded in 2010, dedicated to creating and distributing high-quality radio programming. Norman Pattiz saw that there was a niche of opportunity within the audio on-demand industry and launched the company PodcastOne in 2012. PodcastOne would become the country’s largest distributor in the audio on-demand industry. The programming company has a popular line-up of personalities like Dr. Drew, Larry King, Chris Jericho, Adam Carolla, and more than 200 other of the country’s most-liked podcasts.
After he left Westwood One, Norman Pattiz found someone who was representing other people’s podcasts. After meeting a few times, he found the idea to create the digital version of Westwood One, Podcast One. They are still a small company, but Pattiz likes that; he stays personally involved in everything from talent acquisition to technology.
Norman Pattiz believes that great ideas happen every day. The issue isn’t the idea, but finding the right way to implement it. His job is to take great ideas and make them happen. He loves the radio business and finding ways to reach the public. Radio provides endless pathways to the public and Norman Pattiz wants to be the one to forge the path. He is passionate about creating content for the public; a true radio man.
Dedicating his life to radio, Pattiz was appointed by both President Clinton and President Bush to serve on the country’s Broadcasting Board of Governors. This board controls all nonmilitary broadcasting services in the country. He can even take credit for creating and distributing radio and television services to 22 Middle Eastern countries, reaching an audience of over 40 million in the course of a week.
Norman Pattiz was rightfully inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame in 2009, receiving the Giants of Broadcasting Award from the Library of American Broadcasting. He’s not just all radio though. He also serves on the boards at the Los Alamos National Security and Lawrence Livermore Laboratories. He is also a member in the Council of Foreign Relations and a Regent at the University of California.