Lee Abrams

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Introduction Lee Abrams has shaped the American radio industry for over three decades, bringing unparalleled ratings and economic success to radio stations in over 200 markets, including 97 of the top 100. In 1993, Newsweek listed Abrams as one of America’s “100 Cultural Elite” for his contributions to creating modern day radio. Abrams joined XM in June 1998 to help create the next generation of radio: satellite direct radio. With 150 stations to develop and program, Abrams is once again challenged to reinvigorate the radio landscape. As a founding partner of Burkhart/Abrams, he invented and built the first successful FM format, Album Rock. In 1989, Abrams joined ABC Networks as an internal consultant and was instrumental in the launch of many top Morning Radio shows, including Howard Stern. Abrams produced the Grammy-winning CD Ah Via Musicom by Eric Johnson, appeared on several Alan Parsons Project CDs, and worked with major labels and recording artists as a consultant and label head. His clients include industry leaders such as The Moody Blues, Yes, Steve Winwood, Iron Maiden, Bob Seger and Robert Palmer. Abrams and his wife reside in Washington, D.C., and have two children in college.