This excerpt taken from the CCO DEF 14A filed Apr 7, 2008.
Stock Option and Restricted Stock Grant Timing Practices
Regular Annual Stock Option Grant Dates. The regular annual stock option or restricted stock award date for employees is typically in February and for non-employee members of the Board is typically April.
Partner New Hires/Promotions Grant Dates. Grants of stock option or restricted stock awards to newly-hired or newly-promoted employees are made at the next-following regularly scheduled meeting of the Board after the hire or promotion.
Initial Stock Option Grant Dates for Newly-Elected Non-Employee Directors. Grants of stock option or restricted stock awards to newly-elected non-employee members of the Board are made at the next-following regularly scheduled meeting of the Board after the election. If a non-employee member of the Board is appointed between regularly scheduled meetings, then grants of stock options or restricted stock awards are made at the first meeting in attendance after such appointment, and the first meeting after election thereafter.
Analysis. Stock option and restricted stock awards were made to each named executive officer in 2007. These grants were based on the executives individual performance, level of pay of both the executive in question and other similarly situated Clear Channel Outdoor executives, and competitive pay levels at other media companies.