N. John Douglas ’60
Media executive N. John Douglas ’60 set track and field record at Bates
John Douglas has come a long, long way since failing his first physics test as a student at Bates. After passing that course, Douglas thrived as a physics major, and as a track and field athlete, too: John set a long-standing New England collegiate record in the triple jump.
Today John is president/CEO of AIM Broadcasting, which has acquired two AM radio stations in Las Vegas and plans to acquire other properties in major markets. Prior to his current position, he was president/CEO of PAR Radio Holding and Douglas Broadcasting Co., the 24th largest radio group in the U.S. in 1997 with 19 stations in eight out of the top 10 radio markets.
During the 1990s, he controlled 26 radio stations and was CEO of Personal Achievement Radio, a 24/7 program syndicated by ABC Radio Networks. He created and developed AsiaOne Network into the largest Asian formatted radio broadcast group outside of Asia and purchased Asia Media Sales, the only national sales rep firm serving the Asian market in radio, TV and cable.
Previously, he was founder and chairman of National Group Television (1981-87), licensee of the second-oldest African-American owned TV station in the country and one of the largest and oldest Asian formatted stations in the U.S. He was creator and news director of Business Today, the first nationally syndicated, morning business news TV show. He was the creator and executive producer of Front Page daily news, broadcast by Black Entertainment Television. John was with Castle & Cooke Inc. (now Dole Foods Inc.) from 1974 to 1981 as manager of planning and development and then director of investor and public relations. From 1968 to 1974 he was a security analyst with such firms as Bear Stearns & Company and Bank of America; and from 1962 to 1968, he was a senior scientist at Lockheed Research Laboratories.
He has B.S. and M.S. degrees in physics from Bates College and Howard University, respectively, and is a graduate of the Executive Program of Darden Graduate School of Business Administration, University of Virginia. He was the recipient of the 1990 Distinguished Entrepreneur Award from the National Association of Investment Companies. He wrote the business plan for and was the initial interim general manager for KMTP-TV (San Francisco), the second African-American controlled Public Television Station in the country and a major Asian station. He was elected to the board of directors of the California Broadcasters Association in 1991. He was a trustee at Bates (1995-2000), and helped in the founding of Z-Spanish Media (now Entravision Communications, a NYSE company). In 1997, he was elected to the board of Comerica Bank of California. He was elected to the board of Broadcast Music Inc. (BMI) in 1998. He has been featured or mentioned in The Wall Street Journal, Business Week, C-Span, Ebony, USA Today, The New York Times, U.S. News & World Report, Radio & Records, Inc Magazine, Lifetime Cable and National Public Radio.