Norman Pattiz is the Founder and Executive Chairman of PodcastOne. Pattiz is also the founder of Westwood One, a company which became America’s largest provider of news, talk, entertainment and traffic programming under his leadership. NBC radio networks, CNN Radio, CBS News, NFL Football, NCAA Basketball, The Super Bowl, the Mutual Broadcasting System and a wide variety of talk shows and syndicated music were either managed, owned or distributed by Westwood One. In May 2016, Forbes published an in-depth, four-page feature that celebrated “Pattiz’s key to money-making media” and “his celebrity-infused greatest hits.”
Pattiz founded Courtside Entertainment Group in 2010 to produce and distribute quality programming. He recognized the untapped opportunities in the audio-in demand industry and then launched PodcastOne at the end of 2012. PodcastOne took massive leaps forward and became the leading producer and distributor of audio-on-demand programming. A few of the on-line personalities and brands that PodcastOne boasts include Adam Carolla, Steve Austin, Heather Dubrow, Chris Jericho, Larry King, Shaquille O’Neal, Penn Jillette, Laura Ingraham, TheCHIVE, Freakonomics and more than 200 of the most popular podcasts at the moment.
Norman Pattiz was born in 1943. He is married to Dr. Mary Turner Pattiz who has been by his side for nearly 30 years. Mary is a former radio personality and chairman of the board of the Betty Ford Center. They live in both Santa Barbara, California and Beverly Hills, California. Norman received the Giant of Broadcasting Award from the Library of American Broadcasting. He was also inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame. Pattiz serves as the Regent of the University of California and the Chairman of the Lawrence Livermore and Los Alamos National Security Laboratories. Pattiz is a member of the Council of Foreign Relations and the Pacific Council on International Relations.
In an interview with Ideamensch, Pattiz said that his idea for PodcastOne came about after being introduced to Kit Gray who represented other people’s podcasts while working out of his apartment in Marina Del Rey. He also stated that he brings his ideas to life through implementation. He listens to great ideas and then assesses his company’s capacity for implementation. He advises fellow entrepreneurs to “read the trades” to be able to accurately identify the business they want to be involved in and the players in the industry. The stand-out strategy that has made Pattiz be a success in the broadcasting industry is staying busy, excited and engaged.