Leonard Goldenson was born in Scottsboro, Pennsylvania in 1905,
and entered show business in 1933 as an attorney for Paramount Pictures.
In 1951, Goldenson instigated United Paramount Theatres purchase
of the struggling ABC network.
Becoming ABCs Chief Executive Officer in 1953, Goldenson
quickly established the networks television presence, thanks
in part to an exclusive contract with Walt Disney. As ABC television
grew and evolved, ABC Radio launched several innovative networks
designed to reach a variety of large but specialized audiences.
Long-time fixtures of ABC Radio have included disc jockey Bruce
Morrow and newscaster Paul Harvey, whose Rest of the Story
broadcasts began in 1976.
In 1968, the ABC News Network was created. An effort to serve local
stations of all formats, the ABC News Network divided the radio
network into four segments, appropriate for young listeners, middle-of-the-road
stations, FM stations and those stations seeking in-depth news and
Goldenson stepped down as the head of ABC in 1986, after negotiating
a $3.5 billion merger between ABC and Capital Cities Broadcasting.
By that time, ABCs seven radio networks provided programming
to more than 1,800 affiliates.
Leonard Goldenson died on December 27, 1999.
Leonard Goldenson was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame in 1992.
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