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Paley, William S.

Born: 1901 AD
Died: 1990 AD
Nationality: American
Categories: Journalist

1901 – Born on September 28th in Chicago, Illinois. American broadcaster who served as the Columbia Broadcasting System’s president, chairman of the board, founder chairman, acting chairman, and chairman. For more than half a century he personified the power and influence of CBS.

1922 – The family moved to Philadelphia when Paley was ready for college, and he attended the Wharton School of Finance at the University of Pennsylvania (B.S.).

1927 – He invested in a relative’s small radio network, the Columbia Phonographic Broadcasting System.

1928-1929 – Paley became president of Columbia on September 26th, moved to New York City, and quickly signed up 49 radio stations. (CBS dropped the word Phonographic from its name).

1944-1945 – During World War II Paley served the U.S. government as supervisor of the Office of War Information (OWI) in the Mediterranean, and later as chief of radio in the OWI’s Psychological Warfare Division, finally becoming deputy chief of the Psychological Warfare Division.

1947 – Married his second wife, Barbara (“Babe”) Paley (née Cushing).

1966 – Paley exercised firm control over major programming and waived the CBS mandatory retirement rule so that he could remain active as chairman of the board.

1983-1987 – He remained chairman and, after some CBS infighting, he returned.

         – Paley was a longtime president and trustee of the Museum of Modern Art and also built a large art collection of his own, ranging from Paul Cézanne and Pablo Picasso to Jackson Pollock.

1990 – Died on October 26th in New York, New York.