FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. — Some 30 years ago, Bill Wilson was not in a corporate job at Universal Music Group, Polygram, or any other giant global force in the recording industry. Armed with a business degree, he could have easily taken this career route. However, his passion — routed in his rearing in Bergen County, N.J. — was in the music itself, and not the business of it. He loved hip-hop, and taped New York stations WBLS-FM and WQHT-FM “Hot 97” at night, in the earliest days of rap’s 1990s transition and rise.
That’s why Wilson took a job as the assistant to Richard Sanders in the marketing department of Arista Records, in 1992. Today, Wilson is the newly minted lone CEO of Townsquare Media, presenting at one of the nation’s more important investor conferences for the first time.
Wilson knows there’s some learning ahead. Based on his passion and positivity, Townsquare could be on track to reach new highs in local ratings books and with potential investors.