Most people find the unknown to be an irresistible topic of conversation. Norman Pattiz, CEO of PodcastOne, the largest ad-supported podcast network in the United States, recently announced a new podcast program that will delve into the unknown world of paranormal phenomena. The podcast, Beyond the Darkness, will be hosted by author David Schrader and radio host Tim Dennis. The show is part of a podcast sub-network on PodcastOne led by WWE wrestling star Chris Jericho. Podcasts will be available for download every Monday.
In addition launching PodcastOne, Pattiz founded Westwood One in 1974, which at one time was the largest radio network in the United States. He was the CEO of Westwood One until 1994. The company has been affiliated with NBC and CBS, CNN Radio, as well as the NFL and NCAA Basketball. It has also broadcast major sporting events such as the Superbowl and both Summer and Winter Olympics.
Pattiz sits on the boards of many broadcasting and education-related organizations. From 2000 to 2006, Pattiz served on the Broadcasting Board of Governors, the body that governs government-operated civilian broadcasts, such as Voice of America and Radio Free Europe. Pattiz also took the lead in developing Arabic and Farsi language radio and TV programming, which today is broadcast across the Middle East and reaches more than 40 million listeners per week. Radio Sawa provides round-the-clock music and news, and Alhurra Television provides satellite TV across the region.
Pattiz also sits on the Board of Regents of the University of California system and chairs the boards of Lawrence Livermore and Los Alamos national laboratories. Moreover, he is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Pacific Council on International Relations. As a broadcaster, he has been recognized by the Library of American Broadcasting as a “Giant of Broadcasting,” and is a member of the Radio Hall of Fame.