Jon Sinton, CEO

Jon Sinton is a serial media entrepreneur, consultant, writer and 1st Amendment champion. He has managed, owned and operated shows, magazines, radio stations, networks and allied businesses. He started as a radio air personality in Toledo, Ohio, and moved into radio management and consulting in Phoenix and Atlanta, and ultimately into radio station ownership in Texas, Ohio, South Carolina and Virginia.   In the late 1970’s, Sinton helped create the Source Radio Network for NBC, leading to 30 years of newsroom consulting, management, editing, and writing. In the late 1980’s Sinton created Joint Communications, an international consultancy providing strategic services to the NBC Television Network, including consultation on the creation of Friday Night Videos, a precursor to MTV, for which the firm also later consulted; and Rolling Stone Magazine, for which it provided a strategic plan and execution for a revamp.  A radio industry innovator, he brought populist author Jim Hightower to ABC Radio Networks in 1993 and in 2002 he created and was the founding president of Air America Radio, which featured Al Franken, Rachel Maddow, Marc Maron and Janeane Garofalo. He later moved into podcasting with shows including Ring of Fire with Sam Seder, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. and Mike Papantonio.  In 2010 Sinton formed the Georgia Online News Service with prominent journalists and editors in Atlanta. GONSO, as it became known, joint-ventured with Reuters to help the print industry rationalize its costs. In early 2011, Sinton co-founded the smartphone app Progressive Voices which aggregates all progressive content that is seen, heard or read. In 2012, PV launched a streaming radio service, The Progressive Voices Channel on TuneIn.  Sinton is a 1977 graduate of Bowling Green State University, where he serves on the Board of Directors of the Telecomm Alumni Association. He also serves as Immediate Past Chairman of the Board of the Georgia chapter of government watchdog Common Cause.

Ron Hartenbaum, Executive Director

Ron Hartenbaum is an acknowledged leader in the audio industry with projects and clients encompassing the worlds of terrestrial and satellite radio and podcasting, as well as digital video.  He is a co-founder and managing member of Crossover Media Group, which develops cross-platform content and advertising opportunities for brands, media personalities and companies. It is also a media and advertising sales consulting firm serving all of North America, with expertise including TV, radio, podcasts, streaming, OTT networks and other platforms.  Hartenbaum’s track record as an innovator in national talk radio is widely recognized. Beginning in the ad agency business with major houses Needham and Grey, he moved on to broadcast as VP of Sales for Westwood One, later becoming a founding partner of MediaAmerica and CEO of Jones Radio Networks. Developing new markets for major brands like NASCAR/Motor Racing Network, the NFL, NCAA Football and the Rush Limbaugh program, Hartenbaum was instrumental in creating uniquely successful sales strategies for many major national brands.   He has produced shows and/or sold advertising for a Who’s Who of political-talk personalities spanning the spectrum from Left to Right and everything in between. 

George Vasilopolous, Treasurer

George Vasilopoulos is the founder of 921 Associates, LLC, a web development, internet marketing specialist, and client services manager for the top names in political-talk radio. He has developed digital strategies for media companies including WYD Media, Progressive Voices, Westwood One, and Universal Records; built podcast networks for multiple news and opinion broadcasters; and managed online promotion and launches for radio shows, online events, and films.  Prior to starting 921 Associates, he founded Vivid Images Creative with his brother and creative director Ioannis; the full-service design and media firm handled clients including Universal Group, Sony, BMG, Independent Film Channel, Tribune, and Sirius-XM Radio. Among his other duties, he manages client relations and oversees online strategies for a wide variety of clients.

Scott Thomas, Legal Counsel

A former Federal Election Commission (“FEC”) Chairman, Scott Thomas is a partner in Washington, D.C., with the law firm of Blank Rome LLP.  He focuses his political law practice on campaign finance, ethics, lobbying, elections law and establishing and advising nonprofit organizations, among other disciplines.  Thomas served as an FEC Commissioner from 1986 to 2006; he was appointed to the FEC for three consecutive terms by Presidents Reagan, Bush, and Clinton, and served as chairman in 1987, 1993, 1999, and 2005.   From 1983 to 1986, Thomas served as executive assistant to former FEC Commissioner Tom Harris, and from 1980 to 1983 as an FEC assistant general counsel for enforcement.  In addition to his experience in areas of election law including campaign finance and work with election officials in the USA and abroad, Thomas’s involvement with the Council on Governmental Ethics Laws and various governmental bodies over the years has provided him a breadth of knowledge on ethics and lobbying rules.  

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