New York - Jul 1, 2008 - Air America Media has named Bennett Zier as its chief executive officer. In this New York-based role, Zier will lead on-air, online and video initiatives. Zier will lead the executive team, providing the execution of strategic goals and objectives.
Prior to joining Air America Media, Zier was a founding member of Umansky, Wyatt, Zier (UWZ), a Washington D.C.-based management and marketing consulting firm, where he worked with several consumer brands, including Air America, to assist them in moving traditional media into new media. He will remain a director of the company.
Before UWZ, Zier was the founding CEO of Red Zebra Broadcasting, the home of the Washington Redskins Radio Network. For more than ten years prior to that, he was executive vice president at Clear Channel Radio based in Washington DC, overseeing what became a cluster of 32 stations in the mid-Atlantic region. He directed enterprises that included entertainment, sports and outdoor operations, after he had merged seven radio groups in Washington, DC, into what ultimately became Clear Channel Communications. Zier also spent more than 14 years building creative sales programs and initiatives at CBS Radio in New York and Boston; after starting his career at Greater Media in Long Island, NY, where he worked in sales and as a news reporter.
A Long Island native, Bennett graduated from Adelphi University with a degree in business and communications. He has received the Clear Channel Executive of the Year Award and other distinctions.