ICBC Broadcast Holdings, Inc.
A 31-year veteran of the broadcasting industry, Charles Warfield Jr. has been president and chief operating officer of ICBC Broadcast Holdings, Inc. (ICBCBH) since July 2000. ICBCBH owns and operates 17 radio stations in New York City, San Francisco, Jackson, Miss., and Columbia, S.C.
Charles' broadcasting career includes managing some of New York's most successful radio stations, counting 12 years at Inner City Broadcasting Corporation as vice president and general manager of WBLS-FM and WLIB-AM. He joined the company as corporate controller and was instrumental in the acquisition of five radio stations. Later, he joined Summit Broadcasting Corporation as vice president and general manager of WRKS-FM, New York, which was named "the most listened to radio station in America."
In July 1997, Charles was appointed vice president and general manager of heritage stations, WDAS-AM/FM, Philadelphia. He was appointed senior vice president of urban regional operations for Chancellor Media Corporation in March 1998, with oversight of KKBT-FM, Los Angeles; WJLB-FM/WMXD-FM, Detroit; WGCI-AM/FM and WVAZ-FM, Chicago; WUSL-FM and WDAS-FM, Philadelphia and WEDR-FM, Miami. Charles was promoted to senior vice president of regional operations in October 1998, with responsibility for Chancellor's 30 stations in Chicago, Cleveland, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Miami and Puerto Rico.
Presently, he serves on the Radio Advertising Bureau Executive Committee. His community commitments have included the American Red Cross, Police Athletic League, Salvation Army, United Negro College Fund, The Urban League, the Partnership for a Drug Free Greater New York, the Harlem YMCA and various other groups.
After graduating with honors from Hampton University with a B.S. in accounting, he began his career as staff auditor at Ernst & Young. In 1974, Charles caught the "broadcasting bug" when he joined RCA Corporation as supervising senior auditor.
A Washington, D.C., native, Charles and his wife reside in Newtown Square, Pa., and have three children as well as three grandchildren.