Eric Rhoads

Publisher,
Radio Ink

Austin, TX, USA
@ericrhoads

Eric Rhoads (b August 30, 1954 in Fort Wayne, IN) is an entrepreneur, publisher, author, columnist, radio historian and consultant specializing in fine art, radio broadcasting, and marketing.

Career in Radio
Rhoads was enamored with radio broadcasting and at the age 14 when he talked his way into employment with a local radio station where he learned the craft and was soon an on air announcer. As an announcer/air personality Rhoads worked at radio stations in Indiana, Michigan, Florida and California. Rhoads later became a radio programmer and founded New World Communications with partner Jerry Clifton where the firm programmed 25 radio stations simultaneously.

In 1980 Rhoads founded Equivox Communications and purchased his first radio stations; KEYY AM in Provo, Utah and KLRZ FM in Salt Lake City. Equivox was also granted a license for 106.7 FM in New Orleans, LA. Rhoads sold Equivox in 1986. Rhoads then founded two radio promotion companies: Blimpboard which created remote controlled advertising blimps and Giant Boom Box Industries which created mobile broadcast studios and other promotional items.

In 1999 Rhoads founded RadioCentral Networks, Inc. a technology “dotcom” company based in San Francisco which created custom branded internet radio for companies like EarthLink, A&E Television, About.com, Lycos and Agile.

Rhoads was also a founding investor in SuperRadio Networks of Boston, MA and MLM Radio Networks. Rhoads is on the board of the Bayliss Broadcast Scholarship Foundation and served ten years on the board of the WAY-FM Media Group.

Career in Publishing
In 1986 Rhoads acquired The Pulse of Broadcasting magazine and founded Streamline Publishing. Rhoads renamed the publication RADIO INK in 1988 which is now published digitally and in print, and has a twice daily news component. In 2014 Rhoads acquired Radio & Television Business Report a publication focused on the financial and regulatory part of the industry, and RadioDiscussions.com a website devoted to industry chatter. Streamline also publishes five radio conferences and one art conference, as well as two consumer art publications: FINE ART CONNOISSEUR for art collectors and PLEIN AIR a magazine about landscape painting. The company also has two video production businesses, and a comprehensive digital divisions publishing websites, newsletters, and apps related to its various brands. Rhoads is listed in Who's Who in American Art, and “Who’s Who in America" and in 2007 was recipient of the Broadcaster's Foundation's Broadcast Pioneer Award.