John Boulos, center, is flanked by WPU Music & Entertainment Industries Boss Dr. Steve Marcone (on the right) and Professor David Kirk Philp.

John Boulos – EVP of Roadrunner Promotion/Atlantic Records: Your 2017-2018 Resident Expert

John Boulos, music industry veteran who has worked for record labels as varied as London, PolyGram, Warner, Vanguard, Virgin, Epic, and Capitol, will be the Resident Expert of the William Paterson University Music & Entertainment Industries (formerly Music Management) program for the 2017-2018 academic year.  

John is currently Executive Vice President of Roadrunner Promotion/Atlantic Records, working multi-formatted artists such as Twenty One Pilots, Wiz Khalifa, Saint Motel, Paramore, Charli XCX and newly announced Kelly Clarkson.  

“It’s great to have a legendary radio promotion exec share his knowledge with our students for an entire school year,” said Dr. Stephen Marcone, the head of the WP music biz program since 1984.  

Boulos will visit various undergrad and graduate-level classes during the collegiate year, speaking about his experience and teaching students lessons he feels are necessary for them to understand as they enter the industry.

Born, raised and educated in New York City, John Boulos started his industry career in the mailroom at London records in 1976 after two semesters at John Jay College of Criminal Justice.  He immediately started promoting club DJ’s during the explosive dance era in 1977.    

One year later he became the New York local promotion rep for London records. In 1979, he took his club and radio promotion skills over to Vanguard Records and Inner City Records, both highly successful music companies that had jumped into the exploding dance music scene.

Subsequently, he moved to RCA Records as a New York promotion rep, and then to Island Records as East Coast Promotion Manager in 1984. 

After a 2-year stint at Mercury Records as National Promotion Director, he became VP of Promotion for Virgin Records in 1988; a post he held for 8 years before he went to Epic Records as SVP of Promotion. 

In 1998 he was named SVP of Promotion for Warner Brothers Records. In the spring of 2004, John fled New York to become SVP of Promotion for Capitol Records based out of Los Angeles. He left Los Angeles in 2006 to return to his native New York. 

John raised 4 children in Westchester County, New York:

  • Michael, 35, is a Chef in Brooklyn, NY, having recently returned from years in London with his wife Kaitlyn.
  • Brian, 32, is a fashion photographer based in NYC.
  • Kimberly, 30, is a professional soccer player in Stockholm and plays with the Haiti National World Cup team based in Port Au Prince, Haiti.
  • Steven, 28, lives in Japan where is working as a teacher educating young students on the English language.

The  William Paterson University Music & Entertainment Industries program has been a leading national program since the early-1980s, giving students opportunities to learn about and intern within the music and entertainment business. Graduates of the program are working full-time around the industry with companies ranging from Ticketmaster, Atlantic Records, Kobalt Music, Sony Music Group, Spotify, and UTA (United Talent Agency).

William Paterson University music biz students at Nashville’s MBA conference in May, 2017.

Ranked as one of the nation’s top music business collegiate programs by Billboard Magazine, WP students have options to receive a Bachelor of Music, minor, or an MBA/Master of Music in Music & Entertainment Industry Studies.

Associated with the WP Music & Entertainment Industries program is the successful Music Biz 101 & More radio show and podcast, which will open its fourth full season on September 13th.  The show airs live most Wednesday nights at 8:00 on WP 88.7: Brave New Radio.  John Boulos will appear as a featured guest this season.  For more information about Music Biz 101 & More, click HERE.

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Past Visiting Resident Experts have included:

2016/2017 – Dan Goldberg/Matt Young – Warner Music Artist Services

2015/2016 – Warner Music Group

2014/2015 – Paul Sinclair – Atlantic Records

2013/2014 – Steve Leeds – SiriusXM


For full details about the Music & Entertainment Industries Program, including courses, the minor, and our MBA, click HERE.

For full details about the WPU Pop Music Studies Program, including courses and audition requirements, click HERE.


Professor David Philp is Assistant Professor Music Management & Popular Music Studies at William Paterson University. He is the co-host of the only FREE advice college radio-based music & entertainment industry talk show in America, Music Biz 101 & More, which airs live most Wednesday nights and is available as a podcast HERE every night (days too).  Your favorite professor is also co-author (with Dr. Steve Marcone) of Managing Your Band – 6th Edition.  Reach him at or find him on LinkedIn HERE

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