Within this 2012 Innovator's award is an acknowledgement that part of the radio industry - this time, CBS Radio - is moving towards a digital tomorrow. Ezra Kucharz oversees all of CBS Local Digital Media, and the reach of radio within this company is huge. By associaton, Mr. Kucharz is helping the radio industry move forward.
Innovator's award issued to CBS Local Digital Media executive Ezra Kucharz
NEW YORK, NY (March 21, 2010)
Ezra Kucharz, president of CBS Local Digital Media, today was named
the recipient of the 2012 Borrell Award of Merit.
"CBS Local continues its position of leadership in the radio industry."
Kucharz, who oversees the development and expansion of digital ventures at CBS's 158 TV and radio stations, was recognized for "intelligence, innovation and most of all the execution of strategies within a big legacy media company."
The award was presented in front of approximately 500 local media executives at Borrell's 2012 Local Online Advertising Conference at the Grand Hyatt in New York.
"We've seen first-hand how difficult it is for 'old media' to understand the business model of new media," said CEO Gordon Borrell in presenting the award. "There's a revolving door for innovators at a lot of these companies because it's hard for them to stomach real change.
In two short years Ezra has been able to move one of those very large battleships, mobilizing a sales force of more than 1,600 and an incredibly diverse group of radio and TV people to work collectively at CBS to seize the bigger opportunities on the Internet. What he's been able to do with the full support of CBS have been remarkable and should become a model for other media going forward."
Past recipients of the Award of Merit include Colleen Brown, CEO of Fisher Broadcasting in Seattle, and Clark G. Gilbert, CEO of Deseret Media in Salt Lake City. The award is intended for executives who have fostered and driven significant change within their organizations.
"I continue to be excited every day that I work with the top digital, television and radio team in the world," said Kucharz. "This award belongs to the entire group as they are the reason we've accomplished so much in the past two years. And the support we've received from CBS to execute our vision is why we've been able to achieve as much as we have in such a short period of time."
"CBS Local continues its position of leadership in the radio industry. Whether on radio, television, online or mobile platforms CBS Local innovates its digital products to deliver the best content to consumers in local markets."