In 1976 in a one-room office on the Westside of Los Angeles, Norman Pattiz started a small radio syndicated company that would eventually grow into a very successful large-scale business. Over 30 years later, that company, Westwood One, had become America’s largest radio network, and one of the nation’s largest suppliers of local traffic, news, and sports programming to television stations. A native Californian, Pattiz has made his presence known on many levels.
Mr. Pattiz served on the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) of the United States of America, which oversees all U.S. non-military international broadcast services. As chairman of BBG’s Middle East Committee, Mr. Pattiz was the driving force behind the creation of Radio Sawa and Alhurra Television, the U.S. Government’s Arabic-language radio and TV services to the 22 countries of the Middle East. Mr. Pattiz has served as a Regent of the University of California since September 2001, and chairs the Regents Oversight Committee of the Department of Energy Laboratories. He also serves on the Board of the Annenberg School of Communication at the University of Southern California and is past president of the Broadcast Education Association.
Norman Pattiz was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame in 2009.