Advertising Hall of Fame - Frank Bennack

By Rance Crain | September 08, 2017 |

Frank Bennack Jr. got his start in business as the poor man's Dick Clark.

Frank, now the executive vice chairman and former CEO at Hearst, hosted a dance program called "Times for Teens" in his hometown of San Antonio. He even sold ads for it.

I asked him if he ever wanted to have a career in show business. "The short answer is not different from what I've been able to do, and that is to gather some assets from Hearst that fit the category [of entertainment] in general," he said. "Who would imagine that I would ultimately end up running a company that owned as many television stations and cable networks et cetera as we do? So, very valuable early training."

Watch the full interview.