Frank Stanton

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Frank Nicholas Stanton (March 20, 1908 - December 24, 2006) was an American broadcasting executive who served as the president of CBS between 1946 and 1971 and then vice chairman until 1973. He also served as the chairman of the Rand Corporation from 1961 until 1967.[1]

Along with William S. Paley, Stanton is credited with the significant growth of CBS into a communications powerhouse.

Early life

Born in Muskegon, Michigan, Stanton was educated at Stivers High School in Dayton, Ohio and Ohio Wesleyan University in Delaware, Ohio, receiving his B.A. in 1930. He taught for one year in the manual arts department of a high school in Dayton, before pursuing postgraduate work at Ohio State University, receiving his Ph.D. in 1935. He also held a diploma from the American Board of Professional Psychology.

Stanton joined the CBS research department and in 1937 was seconded to the Princeton Radio Research Project, working under project director Paul Lazarsfeld.

During World War II, he consulted for the Office of War Information, the Secretary of War, and the Department of the Navy, still while serving as a vice president at CBS. He was selected as the administrator-designate of the Emergency Communications Agency; part of a secret group created by President Eisenhower in 1958 that would serve in the event of a national emergency that became known as the Eisenhower Ten.


  1. Frank Stanton, Broadcasting Pioneer, Dies at 98.. December 26, 2006.  New York Times "Dr. Frank Stanton, a central figure in the development of television broadcasting"