Norman Pattiz

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Norman J. Pattiz
Norman Pattiz in 2012
Born 1943 (age 72–73)
Nationality United States
Ethnicity Jewish
Occupation Businessman
Known for founder of Westwood One
Spouse(s) Mary Turner

Norman J. Pattiz (born 1943) is an American broadcasting entrepreneur, a National Radio Hall of Fame inductee, a Founder/Chairman of Courtside Entertainment Group, which includes PodcastOne and PodcastOne Sales and a Los Angeles Lakers season ticket holder for the past 30 years.[1] He is the Founder and Former Chairman of radio industry giant Westwood One which, under his leadership, became America’s largest radio network.[2][3]

Pattiz is a member of the University of California Board of Regents[4] and was appointed by both Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush to sit on the board of the Broadcasting Board of Governors[5] which oversees all US nonmilitary broadcasting services, including The Voice of America, Radio Free Europe, Radio Liberty, Middle East Broadcasting and others. He also chairs the Boards of Governors of Los Alamos National Security, LLC., and Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC which respectively operate the Los Alamos National Laboratory and the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.[2]

Pattiz was "founding father"[2] of Alhurra, a United States-based satellite TV channel sponsored by the U.S. government. It began broadcasting on February 14, 2004 in 22 countries across the Middle East.

In 2010, he created Courtside Entertainment Group, which produces and finances multi-platform programming for broadcast and online distribution. PodcastOne Sales (formerly Launchpad Digital Media) is the company’s rep firm for advertising sales. The Company's PodcastOne division creates and distributes on-demand digital audio content.[6]

He is a prominent Democratic Party donor, and lives with wife Mary Turner, an addiction counselor and former radio personality[7] in Los Angeles.

Pattiz is of Jewish descent and is a member of the national board of the Israel Policy Forum.[8][9]


  1. ^ Radio guru turns podcast curator. With Podcast.One, Norman Pattiz aims to package talk shows to gain listener and advertiser interest. (LA Times February 28, 2013)
  2. ^ a b c "Norman J. Pattiz". Forbes. Retrieved May 19, 2011. 
  3. ^ Fabrikant, Geraldine (July 1, 1989). "Westwood One's Comeback Bid". The New York Times. Retrieved July 9, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Pattiz appointed chair of laboratory governing boards". University of California. Retrieved May 19, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Broadcasting Board of Governors' Statement on Resignation of Norman J. Pattiz". Broadcasting Board of Governors. Retrieved May 19, 2011. 
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  7. ^ "Mary Pattiz". Betty Ford Institute. Retrieved July 9, 2011. 
  8. ^ Sokoler, Nancy (2001-04-12). "Tuning In | Community Briefs". Jewish Journal. Retrieved July 9, 2011. 
  9. ^ "Who We Are". Israel Policy Forum. Retrieved July 9, 2011.