Tribune Snags Radio Guru Lee Abrams

By: E&P Staff

The Tribune Co. announced it has appointed Lee Abrams to the newly created position of chief innovation officer, effective April 1. In his new role, Abrams will be responsible for new projects across all the company’s divisions.

Abrams, 55, was most recently the senior vice president and chief creative officer of XM Satellite Radio where he oversaw development and talent. While at XM, he worked with Bob Dylan, Snoop Dogg, Quincy Jones, Willie Nelson, and Wynton Marsalis.

Abrams is credited with inventing the FM format album rock and for giving Howard Stern his first major market job, according to a Tribune release.

“Lee is the most formidable creative thinker in the media business today,” Randy Michaels, Tribune’s president of broadcasting and interactive, said in a statement. “Lee’s going to pump new life into our content, re-energize our brands, and get people thinking and working together like they never have before.”

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