Michael Harrison
Editor and publisher
Talkers and RadioInfo
United States



Michael Harrison is the editor and publisher of two of the U.S. radio industry’s leading trade publications, Talkers and RadioInfo.  He is one of America’s leading authorities on radio, communications and public opinion as it is expressed in the media as well as being director of the national New Media Seminar, currently in its 18th year.

 

Within the U.S. radio industry, Mr. Harrison has been an innovator and visionary dating back more than four decades to his role as a pioneer of FM progressive album rock. He has written about, defined, predicted and engaged in hands-on programming of major movements in radio’s evolution from coining new format terms to the development of music and talk-topic chart methodology. Among his inventions is the term “AOR” (Album Oriented Rock) which he coined in the early 1970s to describe the more commercially-accessible brand of “progressive rock” or “underground rock” radio that remained a dominant format for more than 40 years.

 

A graduate of Hofstra University, where he currently sits on its Department of Communications Advisory Board, Michael Harrison has served as on-air program director of such heritage stations as WLIR-FM, Long Island; KPRI-FM, San Diego; KMET-FM, Los Angeles and WZLX-FM, Boston. He was also owner/operator of WSPR-AM in Springfield, Massachusetts.

 

He has been an air personality at such major stations as WNEW-FM, New York; WCBS-FM, New York; WPIX-FM; WTIC-AM, Hartford and others.

 

He has hosted and produced national programs syndicated by ABC Radio Networks, Westwood One, CBS Radio, MJI Broadcasting, RKO Radio and more.

 

Harrison served as the first managing editor of Radio & Records during its formative years and radio columnist/record chart consultant for Billboard in the early 1980s.

 

He was one of the first media analysts to predict the rise of podcasting before the term was even widely known and currently hosts Podcast One’s “Up Close and Far Out with Michael Harrison” a weekly podcast geared to “media freaks” around the world.