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Naples, FL (March 30, 2016): The Mentoring & Inspiring Women in Radio (MIW) Group is pleased to announce the four mentees selected to participate in the 2016 Mildred Carter MIW Group Mentoring Program. Now in its 15th year, the MIW’s mentoring program matches up-and-coming women in the radio industry with female professionals recognized as leaders in all aspects of radio. To date, the Mildred Carter MIW Group Mentoring Program has successfully mentored a total of 35 mentees. The 2016 class is comprised of the following radio professionals:

  • Kathy Byerly, Senior Vice President /General Sales Manager, Neuhoff Media, Decatur, IL
  • Charlie Maxx, Program Director, Beasley Media Group, Wilmington, DE
  • Brittney Quarles, Local Sales Manager, Radio One, Richmond, VA
  • Stephanie Sabota, General Sales Manager, Cox Media Group, Tampa, FL

"It is very rewarding to track the professional growth and success of our mentees," says Kay Olin, MIW Radio Group Spokeswoman and Principal, Olin & Associates. "We can clearly see a direct correlation between the participation in this supportive and impactful program and the accomplishments and professional trajectory our mentees achieve."

Adds Lindsay Cerajewski, Chair of the 2016 MIW Radio Group's Mentoring Committee and Director, Partnership Marketing & Branded Content for Emmis Digital in Chicago, "This annual process is an encouraging reminder of the incredibly competent female talent serving radio markets, both large and small, across our Country. Narrowing the final list down to just four mentees is always a difficult process. We congratulate our newest mentees and look forward to helping them attain new professional heights in the year ahead."

Each year, a total of four candidates from the radio broadcasting industry - within the sales, marketing, programming and digital disciplines - are selected for the MIW Radio Group Mentoring Program. The program is named in the memory of Mildred Carter, who, along with her husband Andrew "Skip" Carter, founded the first African American owned radio station in the U.S. in 1950, when they turned on KPRS Kansas City, Missouri. Mrs. Carter ran the Carter Broadcast Group for many years, after the death of Skip Carter, before turning over control of the company to her grandson Michael Carter in 1987.



NAPLES, Florida, February 2, 2016 - According to the latest MIW Gender Analysis Study released by the Mentoring and Inspiring Women in Radio Group (MIW’s) out of 11,201 AM and FM radio stations, accounted for by MStreet Publications as of December 31, 2015, 1878 or 17.3% have women holding the GM position in 2015. This is a one-tenth percentage point drop from 2014, which was 17.4%, but does continue to show growth from 2004, eleven years ago when the percentage was only 14.9%. The annual study is compiled, analyzed and released by the MIW’s from information provided by *MStreet Publications.

In the top 100 markets, the number of women GM’s is just barely ahead of the national average. In 2015 16.3% of stations in these markets were managed by women, which compares to 16.2% in 2014. Overall the best management opportunities for women continue to be in sales management although there has been essentially only a minor change for the last eleven years. In 2015, 30.5% of all stations have a women sales manager, which is just slightly up from last year. And in the top 100 markets just under 31% of the stations have women SM’s, which showed a decrease of one and a half percentage points from 2014.

The greatest challenge for women in radio management continues to be as programmers. Women currently only program 10.9% of all stations in the country, which compares to 10.7% nine years ago. The news is a little better in the top 100 markets where women programmers now represent 11.9%, which compares to 12.2% in 2015, but does show a decrease year-over-year.

"Tracking the leadership roles of women in media brings awareness to the continued need to reach back and lift up," comments MIW Spokeswoman Kay Olin. "There is an incredible talent pool of strong and capable female leaders and they stand ready to make a difference. It is the responsibility of all of us in the media industry to make sure that we are conscientiously and consistently practicing inclusion."

*All information provided by MStreet Publications is subject to the limitations of data provided by radio companies.  The analysis is dependent upon the accuracy and completeness of MStreet data as of December 2015.




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