Jon Sinton is a serial media entrepreneur who has had a successful and widely varied career. He has managed, owned, and operated shows, radio stations, networks, and allied businesses. He started as a radio air personality in Toledo, Ohio, moved into radio management in Phoenix, Arizona, program and marketing consulting in Atlanta, Georgia, and ultimately into radio station ownership in Texas, Ohio, South Carolina, and Virginia.
Sinton brought Jim Hightower, the populist author, to American radio in 1993 via the ABC Radio Networks. In 2002, sensing a growing market for political talk, he created and was the founding president of Air America Radio. Sinton assembled and managed the high-profile air staff including Al Franken, Rachel Maddow, and Janeane Garofalo. 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 continued in early 2011, when Sinton cofounded the news aggregation and curation app, Progressive Voices, which debuted in the various smart phone and tablet marketplaces. Sinton is a 1977 graduate of Bowling Green State University, where he serves on the board of directors of the Telecomm Alumni Association. He also serves as chairman of the board of the government watchdog group Common Cause Georgia.