Jon Sinton is a progressive media entrepreneur who has had a successful and widely-varied career. He has managed, owned, and operated radio shows, broadcast stations, radio networks, and allied businesses.
In 1993, Sinton brought Jim Hightower, the populist author and radio host, to American radio in a nationally syndicated, commentary program on the ABC radio networks. In 2002, sensing a growing market for political talk, he created and was the founding president of Air America Radio. This network presented various discussion and information programs from a politically progressive point of view and featured talk radio personalities such as former author and television actor Al Franken (currently a member of the U.S. Senate), actress and comedian Janeane Garofalo, and radio and television host Rachel Maddow. Air America represented the birth of organized progressive talk on radio.
Beginning in 2008, Sinton began experimenting with various digital media efforts including subscription podcasts of The Mike Malloy Show; Ring of Fire, with Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. and Mike Papantonio; and an online video show, GRITtv, with Laura Flanders. This digital effort will continue in early 2011, when Sintonís news aggregation and curation smartphone application, Progressive Voices, makes its debut.