President of programming, Entercom
170 MILLION LISTENERS AND COUNTING: Since completing its merger with CBS Radio in November 2017, Entercom has expanded to more than 235 stations with 170 million monthly listeners, covering nearly 90 percent of the top 50 U.S. markets in news, sports and music. "We are the No. 1 or No. 2 company in virtually every music format," says Field. Adds Paxton: "Our ratings were up 10 out of the first 11 months of 2018." In July, the Philadelphia-based company relaunched RADIO.COM, a free broadcast/internet radio platform that aggregates Entercom's stations as well as thousands of podcasts. Traffic to the service has since grown over 300 percent, according to comScore, making it the fastest-growing digital-audio player in the United States, according to Field.
FIRST SONG THAT RESONATED: (Paxton) "'One' by Three Dog Night. It was the first 45 I ever bought."