Norman Pattiz is an entrepreneur and a businessman with vast experience in the broadcasting industry. He is noted for starting Westwood One. This is a radio broadcasting network. He began it in 1976 and grew it to become one of the largest distributors and producers of radio programs in the nation. The company had nearly 8,000 stations under its wing at its peak including CNN Radio, CBS News, and NBC radio networks. It is the largest provider of traffic reports in the US through its subsidiaries today. Pattiz launched the Americas Arabic Language radio and television broadcasts in the Middle East. The broadcasting is present in all the countries in the Middle East. Its Farsi-language broadcast in Iran has more than 30 million listeners each week.
Pattiz was appointed by President Bush and President Clinton as a member of the Broadcasting Board of Governors due to his experience in the broadcasting industry. The board is responsible for the non-military broadcasting services of the US such as Radio Free Europe and VOA. Pattiz is a member of the Board of Regents at the University of California and the Chairman of the Board of Governors of Los Alamos National Security. Pattiz is an ardent Lakers fan and has been a season ticket holder of the team for the past three decades. His long career in radio broadcasting led to his induction into the National Radio Hall of Fame in 2009. He was also awarded the Giant of Broadcasting Award by the Library of American Broadcasting.
Pattiz started Courtside Entertainment Group in 2010. This is a company that funds programs for broadcast TV and online distribution. He is currently the Chairman of the enterprise. PodcastOne Sales handles the company’s sales. It also has a digital audio content division known as PodcastOne. Many of the top podcasts today are hosted by PodcastOne including Neil Strauss, Steve Austin, and Shaquille O’Neal.
Norman Pattiz announced that a new podcast would be airing on Chris Jericho’s podcast network which is under PodcastOne. The new podcast is known as “Beyond the Darkness.” It will be about everything that revolves around the paranormal including aliens, demons, monsters, miracles, and ghosts. The show will be hosted by Dave Schrader who is an author and Tim Dennis who is both a radio host and producer.
Norman praised Jericho (the WWE star) for his work in the podcasting industry and how he had managed to grow his network beyond wrestling. Jericho’s network has expanded to include comedy and the paranormal as the recent addition. Jericho said that he was excited to announce the new podcast. He acknowledges the hosts as the best in paranormal broadcasting. Jericho added that he knows the fans will get a good show and that the show is destined for success.