The President and Chief Operating Offcer of Viacom, the media conglomerate
that includes CBS, UPN, MTV, BET, Comedy Central, Paramount and
Showtime, Mel Karmazin boasts a proven track record of dynamic leadership.
Today Viacom is a leading global company with interests that span
a wide spectrum of media and demographics.
Karmazin, born in 1943, presided over New York's WNEW-AM-FM when
he was approached to run Infinity Broadcasting in 1981. Soon after
he would add WKTU-FM and WFAN, both New York into Infinity's stable
of stations. When Infinity merged with CBS Corporation in Janaury
1997, Karmazin would first head CBS Radio as Chairman and Chief
Executive Officer. By May of the same year he would become Chairman
and Chief Executive Officer of the CBS Station Group, overseeing
the network's radio and television properties. He served as President
and Chief Operating Officer of CBS Corporation from April of 1998
until January of 1999. Viacom absorbed CBS Corporation of 2000.
A graduate of Pace University, Karmazin has been inducted into
the broadcasting Hall of Fame, a recipient of the National Association
of Broadcasters National Radio Award, and the IRTS Gold Medal.
Mel Karmazin was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame in 2003.
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