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William S. Paley

Columbia Broadcasting System

1928 - 1983

Entertainment & Broadcast Media

Military ServiceArmy
1920 b. 1901
UndergraduateUniversity of Pennsylvania
Born-Died1901 - 1990
BirthplaceIllinois (IL)
FatherOwner, Small Business
Era - 1920

After entering the media and entertainment field on somewhat of a whim, Paley grew his small radio concern into a media conglomerate with success in radio, television, music, media equipment and more. CBS competed heavily with the larger, older NBC, but ultimately, Paley's ability to read the American audience provided CBS with the vantage-point necessary to become the nationís number one broadcaster.