Vice-Chairman & CEO, U-T San Diego
The Media Business – Why Buying the U-T When Everyone Says “Print is in Decline” Makes Good Business Sense
September 12, 2012
7:00 a.m. – Continental Breakfast & Registration
7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. - Program
Fish & Richardson Law Center
12390 El Camino Real
San Diego, CA 92130
John Lynch was raised in Chicago, Illinois and attended Drake University where he secured a BA in journalism and played football. He was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers. His career shortened by injuries, he went to work for the Chicago Tribune. He then joined Westinghouse Broadcasting. In 1972, he moved to San Diego to join KFMB.
John Lynch built a major broadcast company, the Noble Broadcast Group. Noble was founded in 1978 with a Mexican radio station serving all of Southern California and a license of a powerful FM station to serve San Diego. In 1996, Noble was sold to Jacor and then Clear Channel for $153,000,000, securing outstanding returns for its investors. In addition to traditional radio, Noble developed sports networks, a syndication Company and launched the career of Jim Rome, nationally syndicated talk show host.
In 2004 Lynch created Broadcast Company of the Americas and launched XX 1090 (sports), flagship station of the San Diego Padres and 105.7 FM, The Walrus, a highly successful classic hits station. In early 2010 lynch led a partnership to purchase out of foreclosure, Finest City Broadcast for $25,000,000. Finest City had been capitalized for $115,000,000 in 2006.
Over the course of his career, Lynch has raised hundreds of millions of equity and debt to build several companies.
On December 8, 2011, Manchester Lynch Integrated Media purchased The San Diego Union-Tribune. Their mission is to build an integrated media company.
Lynch lives in Rancho Santa Fe with his wife, Cathy. He is the father of Kara, John Jr. and Ryan and grandfather of nine.
Location: Fish & Richardson Law Center, 12390 El Camino Real, San Diego, CA 92130 (From I-5 South, exit Carmel Valley Rd/Hwy 56 East. Left off exit. Left onto El Camino Real, left at third traffic light onto Del Mar Corporate Ct. The Fish & Richardson building is on the right.
(From I-5 North, don't take 56 bypass, exit Carmel Valley Rd. Right off exit. Left onto El Camino Real, left at third traffic light)