Nexstar Founder/CEO Appointed to BMI Board


BMI (Broadcast Music, Inc.) has appointed the Chairman and President/CEO of Nexstar Media Group to its Board of Directors, effective January 1, 2020.

“We’re extremely pleased to welcome Perry Sook to the BMI Board of Directors,” stated Michael J. Fiorile, Chairman, BMI Board of Directors and Chairman of The Dispatch Printing Company. “Perry has achieved incredible success at Nexstar, and we know he will be a valuable addition to the Board as we continue our mission of protecting the rights of songwriters, composers and music publishers and advocating for the value of music.”

Sook founded Nexstar in 1996 with one television station in Scranton, Pa., and began building the foundation of what became one the world’s leading local marketing and content companies.

After the acquisitions of Tribune Media for $7.1 billion in 2019 and Media General for $4.6 billion in 2017, Nexstar Media Group became the largest local broadcasting company in the United States, with 197 stations reaching 115 markets, or approximately 63% of all television households.

Prior to Nexstar, Sook was one of the principals of Superior Communications Group. Before Superior, he was President/CEO of Seaway Communications, Inc. Earlier in his career, he worked in the television industry as a General Sales Manager, acting General Manager and National Sales Manager. He also spent five years at Cox Broadcasting and worked briefly as a television news anchor at the CBS affiliate in Clarksburg, W. Va.

In addition, BMI announced that the following Board members were elected to three-year terms at BMI’s Annual Meeting of Shareholders held last month:

  • Susan Davenport Austin, CFO Grace Church School
  • Paul Karpowicz, Presiding Director, BMI Board of Directors and Retired President, Meredith Local Media Group
  • Ginny Morris, Vice President, Hubbard Broadcasting Hubbard Radio CEO
  • G. Neil Smith, President, GNS Media LLC