Board of Managers

The BTC Board of Managers is comprised of eight of the top radio industry legal, business and marketing leaders.

 

Paul BrennerBTC President
Paul Brenner
Emmis Communications

Paul Brenner is the originator of the data distribution consortium business model and currently serves as president of the Broadcaster Traffic Consortium, LLC (BTC), a partnership of more than 20 radio companies, throughout the United States and Canada, formed to distribute data via FM-RDS and HD Radio® technology. Paul is also SVP/Chief Technology Officer for Emmis Communications, one of the founding members of the BTC.

Brenner’s work focuses on technology business development, industry partnerships, broadcast engineering strategy and the development of new broadcasting and Internet content distribution systems. Brenner works both within the industry and with pure-play IT development companies. His perspective gained from interaction with automakers, Internet software companies and portable device makers leads him to product developments such as BTC and TagStation for radio broadcasters.

Paul joined Emmis from an IT consulting firm, DataShare Corporation, in 1998. He holds a Masters degree in Information Systems as well as degrees in E-Business and Electronic Engineering Technologies. He currently serves on the FCC Communication, Security, Reliability and Interoperability Council (CSRIC) working group for EAS CAP and is an active member of the NAB’s Digital Radio Committee. HD chip developer SiPort also utilizes Paul’s industry expertise as a member of their Board of Advisors.

 

Andrew SutorAndrew Sutor
Entercom Communications Corp.

Andrew Sutor has served as Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Entercom since January 2013. Since July 2014, Mr. Sutor has had oversight of Entercom’s Technical Operations Department. Mr. Sutor previously served as a Vice President of Entercom since September 2010 and Corporate Counsel since 2007.


Prior to joining Entercom in 2002, Mr. Sutor was an associate in the Business Law Department of Saul Ewing, LLP, a regional Mid-Atlantic law firm based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Mr. Sutor has a J.D. from the Villanova University School of Law and a B.A. in both Economics and Political Science from the University of Pennsylvania.

 

 

 

 

 

Scott EnrightMike Dowdle
Bonneville International

In March 2012, Mike Dowdle was named Senior Vice President, Business Affairs and General Counsel of Bonneville International Corporation. Mike brings with him nearly thirty years of experience in the legal arena, with much of that focused on intellectual property rights and other legal issues relating to the music and media industries.

From his position as a shareholder at the law firm of Allen, Nelson, Hardy & Evans, Mike joined Non-Stop Productions, Inc. as General Counsel, and with two partners co-founded and became President & CEO of the companies at the core of the Non-Stop Music Group. In 2007, Mike and his partners sold the Non-Stop Music companies to Warner/Chappell Music, Inc., part of the Warner Music Group, and Mike became President and CEO of Warner's new worldwide production music division, now known as Warner/Chappell Production Music, Inc.
In 2008, Mike took a leave of absence from Warner/Non-Stop to accept a three-year call to serve as the President of the Micronesia Guam Mission of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He returned from that assignment in July of 2011.

Mike graduated from the University of Utah (BA cum laude1980; JD 1983).

Married since 1978, he and his wife Gayla, have four children.

 

 

Scott EnrightScott Enright
Emmis Communications

Scott Enright is Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of Emmis Communications Corporation and its subsidiaries.  Prior to joining Emmis as Associate General Counsel in October 1998, Enright was a partner in the Indianapolis law firm of Bose McKinney & Evans, LLP and worked in the Office of Indiana’s Lt. Governor John M. Mutz.

Scott served as a member of a Working Group 5A of The Communications Security, Reliability and Interoperability Council (CSRIC), a federal advisory committee established to provide recommendations to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). He has served on the executive committee of the Sports and Entertainment Law Section of the Indianapolis Bar Association, and is a member of the Association of Corporate Counsel and the American Society of Corporate Secretaries. He is a founder of the United States Knarling Association.

Scott Enright is a graduate of St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota with a Bachelor of Arts degree in history and political science and Indiana University – Bloomington’s Kelley School of Business and Maurer School of Law, with a Juris Doctorate/Masters in Business Administration.

 

Joyce FitchJoyce Fitch
Beasley Broadcast Group, Inc.

Joyce Fitch, Esq. has served as General Counsel for Beasley Broadcast Group since 2003. She brings over twenty-five years of legal experience to the Company, having begun her legal career as a trial attorney with the law firm of Whiteford Taylor & Preston in Baltimore Maryland and later served as General Counsel for Magellan Behavioral Health, Inc. for and iSky, Inc.  

Ms. Fitch graduated with honors from the University Of Maryland School Of Law.  She has served on the Board of Directors for the Shelter for Abused Women and Children and currently serves on the Board of Trustees for Youth Haven, a shelter for abused, abandoned and neglected children.

 

 

 

 

 

Sandhi KozsuchSandhi Kozsuch
Cox Media Group

Sandhi Kozsuch is Director of Mobile Broadcasting for Cox Media Group in Atlanta where he leads the company’s development of Mobile DTV, IPTV, and Digital Radio. He serves on the Board Datacastingand Executive Committee of Pearl LLC, the consortium of nine major media companies focused on the advancement of Mobile DTV and other new technologies. Additionally, he leads the development of Pearl’s IPTV efforts and is the Chairman of the Pearl Technology Committee. He serves on the board of the Broadcast Traffic Consortium (BTC), which provides new digital business opportunities for the radio industry.

Since 1995, he has worked in the Internet and Mobile fields serving as Director of Site Development for Cox Media Group Digital, Director of Digital for Cox Television, Executive Vice President – Development and Strategy for WorldNow in New York City which provides new technology, services, and consulting for major media companies, and as General Manager of Cox Interactive Media’s Charlotte studio. He was on the senior management teams to launch CMGdigital and Cox Interactive Media.

Current and past affiliations include: Board Member of the Open Mobile Video Coalition (OMVC), Chairman of the Interactive Advertising Bureau’s (IAB) Local Committee, member of the IAB’s Video and Interactive Television Committee, National committee member of the American Heart Association, Leadership Richmond and Leadership Kingsport graduate, committee chairman for the Richmond Chamber of Commerce, committee member for the United Way, and committee chairman for the Virginia Association of Broadcasters.

 

 


Bruce WahlBruce Wahl
NPR

Bruce represents NPR on the BTC Board of Managers. His start in radio began as a pre-teen in the early 1960’s, and he continues to this day as Senior Solutions Architect in the Distribution Division of NPR. After a brief stint at Virginia Tech, he entered the US Army in 1968, and received a commission as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Infantry just in time to make it to Vietnam. He initially served as a training advisor, but was soon reassigned to the American Forces Vietnam Network, where his duty was as the Officer in Charge of the broadcasting detachment in Pleiku, in the Central Highlands. Upon his January, 1971 return, he joined a brand new start-up: National Public Radio. He has been either an employee of or consultant to NPR ever since. Bruce has been a part of all five facility builds in the company’s history, and has been a part of of every distribution system to stations ever created (also 5 times).

Bruce left NPR in 1984 to form his own consulting business. While an independent consultant, he served many well-known clients: NPR, ABC Radio Networks, Mutual Broadcasting System, Sirius Satellite Radio and many more. Bruce once again joined NPR in 2003.

In addition to Bruce’s lengthy broadcasting career, he had a distinguished twenty-eight year career in volunteer public service as an elected official of the Town of Chesapeake Beach, Maryland. Serving twenty years as a Town Council Member, then eight years as Mayor, his accomplishments were many, and awards and commendations numerous. In 2014, Bruce was elected President of the Maryland Municipal League, the association of Maryland’s 157 incorporated municipalities. At the conclusion of his term as Mayor, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan “Appointed and Commissioned” Mayor Wahl as “Admiral of the Chesapeake Bay,” an extremely high honor reserved for individuals who have demonstrated a commitment to the conservation and restoration of the Chesapeake Bay.

 

 


Linda VilardoLinda Vilardo
Radio-One

Linda Vilardo has been Chief Administrative Officer of Radio One since November 2004, Vice President of Radio One since February 2001, and Assistant Secretary of Radio One since April 1999. Up until January 2005, she also served as General Counsel. Prior to joining Radio One, Ms. Vilardo represented Radio One as outside counsel from July 1995 until assuming her position as General Counsel in January 1998.

Ms. Vilardo was a partner in the Washington, DC office of Davis Wright Tremaine LLP from August 1997 to December 1997. Prior to joining Davis Wright Tremaine LLP, Ms. Vilardo was a shareholder of Roberts & Eckard, P.C., a firm that she co-founded in April 1992. Ms. Vilardo is a graduate of Gettysburg College, the National Law Center at George Washington University and the University of Glasgow. Ms. Vilardo is admitted to the District of Columbia Bar and the Bar of the United States Supreme Court.

 

 

Paul Brenner - Emmis Communications

Andrew Sutor – Entercom Communications Corp.

Mike Dowdle - Bonneville International

Scott Enright - Emmis Communications

Joyce Fitch - Beasley Broadcast Group, Inc.

Sandhi Kozsuch - Cox Radio

Bruce Wahl - NPR

Linda Vilardo – Radio-One

 

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