Jon Sinton

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Jon Sinton is a serial media entrepreneur American working in the radio, television and online industries.

Early career[edit]

Sinton's early radio career was as a program director moving from WIOT in Toledo, Ohio to KDKB in Phoenix, Arizona in 1978.[1] By the 1980s he became a radio consultant and vice-president of research and development for the Atlanta-based Burkhart/Abrams consulting company.[2]

By the 1990s he started his own consulting company, Sinton, Barnes and Associates.[3] In 1994 he worked to get Jim Hightower, a populist radio host, a syndicated radio show, to counterbalance conservative host Rush Limbaugh.[4]

Air America[edit]

In 2003 he began a venture to start a liberal-leaning radio network.[5] That station would become Air America.[6]

Sinton would later use his clout in the radio industry to become outspoken against the Fairness Doctrine[7]

Progressive Voices Institute, Inc.[edit]

In 2011, recognizing that progressives would never catch up on conservative-dominated talk radio or cable television, Sinton and original Air America sales director, Reed Haggard, were joined by online specialist George Vasilopoulos, in starting the non-profit Progressive Voices Institute, Inc. PVI's first educational project is a progressive portal that aggregates all progressive video, audio, and written word in a smartphone application called Progressive Voices App. PV App is an attempt to leverage the burgeoning Mobile internet revolution, and create a Progressive Media Universe on that platform.


  1. ^ Hall, Doug (19 August 1978). "Vox Jox". Billboard. p. 24. Retrieved 23 November 2010.
  2. ^ "Lee Michaels dies in car accident". Billboard. 5 January 1985. p. 11. Retrieved 23 November 2010.
  3. ^ Shiffman, Marc. "Barnes sees pay-for-play branding in radio's future". Billboard. p. 78. Retrieved 23 November 2010.
  4. ^ Howe Verhovek, Sam (9 May 1994). "Talk Radio Gets a Spirited New Voice From the Left". The New York Times. Retrieved 23 November 2010.
  5. ^ Hancock, David (17 February 2003). "Chicago Venture Capitalists Want To Start Liberal Radio Network". CBS News. Retrieved 23 November 2010.
  6. ^ Steinberg, Jacques (31 March 2004). "Liberal Voices Get New Home on Radio Dial". Common Dreams. Archived from the original on 12 July 2010. Retrieved 23 November 2010.
  7. ^ "Limbaugh gets support from Air America". Radio Business Report. 22 December 2008. Retrieved 23 November 2010.[permanent dead link]

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