Stanton, Frank, 1908-2006

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Birth 1908-03-20
Death 2006-12-24
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Broadcast executive.

From the description of Frank Stanton papers, 1908-2006 (bulk 1926-1979). (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 726696065

Broadcasting executive.

From the description of Reminiscences of Frank Stanton : oral history, 1978. (Columbia University In the City of New York). WorldCat record id: 86158389

From the description of Reminiscences of Frank Stanton : oral history, 1968. (Columbia University In the City of New York). WorldCat record id: 122527609

Biographical Note

  • 1908, Mar. 20: Born, Muskegon, Mich.
  • 1930: B.A., Ohio Wesleyan University, Delaware, Ohio
  • 1931: Married Ruth Stephenson (died 1992)
  • 1935: Ph.D. in psychology, Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio
  • 1935 - 1938 : Staff member, Research Department, Columbia Broadcasting System, Inc. (CBS Inc.)
  • 1937: Developed with Paul Felix Lazarsfeld the program analyzer, a machine used to measure radio audience reaction to program content
  • 1937 - 1940 : Founder and associate director with Hadley Cantril of the Office of Radio Research, Princeton University, Princeton, N.J.
  • 1938 - 1946 : Appointed director of research, CBS Inc., and rapidly promoted through a series of corporate management positions including director of advertising, vice president and general executive, and vice president and general manager
  • 1941 - 1945 : Government consultant, Office of Fact and Figures, Office of War Information, Secretary of War, and Department of the Navy
  • 1946 - 1971 : President and chief operating officer, CBS Inc.
  • 1948: Led effort to develop and establish standards for color television Advocated for the right of non-print media to broadcast editorials
  • 1951: Reorganized CBS Inc., creating separate corporate divisions for radio, television, and research laboratories Directed the creation of CBS's eye logo
  • 1952: Campaigned to repeal the “equal time” provision of section 315 of the Federal Communications Act
  • 1953 - 1960 : Founding chairman, Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Stanford, Calif.
  • 1956 - 1962 : Administrator-designate, Emergency Communications Agency, Office of Civil Defense Mobilization
  • 1957: Paul White Memorial Award (also awarded in 1971)
  • 1959: George Foster Peabody Award (also awarded in 1960, 1961, 1964, and 1972) Emmy Award (also awarded in 1972)
  • 1960: Initiated the first televised presidential debates between candidates John F. Kennedy and Richard M. Nixon
  • 1961: Vice chairman, National Fund Committee of the American National Red Cross
  • 1961 - 1967 : Chairman, Rand Corp.
  • 1962: Directed the development and design of network headquarters (“Black Rock”), New York, N.Y.
  • 1964 - 1973 : Chairman, United States Advisory Commission on Information
  • 1967: Special Honor Award, American Institute of Architects
  • 1969: Defended network news in response to Vice President Spiro Agnew's criticism of broadcast journalism
  • 1970: Tiffany Design Award
  • 1971: Defended freedom of the press against government prosecution relating to the CBS television documentary The Selling of the Pentagon
  • 1971 - 1973 : Vice chairman of the board, CBS Inc.
  • 1972: Freedom of Press Award
  • 1972 - 1974 : Chairman, Business Committee for the Arts
  • 1973: Four Freedoms Award Retired from CBS Inc.
  • 1973 - 1979 : Chairman and principal officer, American National Red Cross
  • 1978 - 1984 : Overseer, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.
  • 1983 - 1990 : Member, President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities
  • 1986: Elected to the Hall of Fame of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences
  • 1993: First Amendment Award, Radio-Television News Directors Association
  • 2006, Dec. 24: Died, Boston, Mass.

From the guide to the Frank Stanton Papers, 1908-2006, (bulk 1926-1979), (Manuscript Division Library of Congress)

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