In December 2016, Norman Pattiz announced the launch of “Beyond The Darkness” as the newest program on the Jericho Network. The Jericho Network is one of the many networks under PodcastOne, the largest advertiser-supported podcast network in America and is headed by famed WWE star Chris Jericho. Jericho has been very successful at evolving his network from merely containing wrestling to also including comedy and now the discussion of the supernatural and spooky. Hosting “Beyond the Darkness” is the recognized Dave Schader and Tim Dennis. Jericho is excited to be bringing forth this new venture into the mystical and for the two hosts’ fanbase to join the Jericho Network.
PodcastOne and PodcastOne Sales were launched in 2016 by Norman Pattiz, who had previously launched the Courtside Entertainment Group in 2010. Pattiz began his foray into the digital world after leaving his radio network Westwood One, which had become America’s largest radio network in the Broadcast Industry, and ran into Kit Gray. Kit Gray was a representative of other people’s podcasts and the more he spoke with Norman, the more Norman realized podcasts were basically a digitized Westwood One. Now Pattiz’ days are filled with this small business that has made a huge name in the industry, he does whatever needs to be done without distinguishing between job titles. He states that he loves the democracy of podcasts and how they fail or succeed based completely on the consumer and their preferences, no middle-man necessary. Norman is not new to the communication business but enjoys the invigorating nature of a new platform where information flows so freely that anyone can be an expert. If he had the chance to do it again, Pattiz firmly believes that he would not change a thing about what has brought him to where he is now.
Pattiz founded Westwood One in the 1970’s and served as Executive Chairman for several years. It included some of the most largely recognized programs broadcasted in the news and entertainment broadcast industry. He served on the Broadcasting Board of Governors of the United States of America between 2000 to 2006. Pattiz was inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame in 2009 and has been the recipient of several prestigious awards including the Giants of Broadcasting Award from the Library of American Broadcasting, the Distinguished Education Service Award, as well as many Broadcaster of the Year awards.