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Press Release - September 15, 2011

For IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DATE: September 15, 2011

For more information contact:
Heidi Raphael
781-348-8612
hraphael@greatermedia.com

DETAILS UNVEILED FOR 2012 "MILDRED CARTER" MIW RADIO GROUP MENTORING PROGRAM

Qualified Candidates Encouraged to Apply

(Boston, MA) September 16, 2011: The Mentoring & Inspiring Women in Radio (MIW) Group has announced details for the 2012 Mildred Carter Mentoring Program.

This is the 11th year of the mentoring program, which matches up-and-coming women in the radio industry with female professionals who are leaders in all aspects of radio.

"This is a wonderful opportunity for mentees to gain valuable insight, knowledge and access to some of the most influential women in radio," said Lindsay Cerajewski, chair of the 2012 MIW Radio Group's Mentoring committee and general sales manager at CBS Radio’s WUSN-FM in Chicago. “We look forward to another outstanding program in 2012."

A total of three candidates from the radio broadcasting industry will be selected for the 2012 program. For mentee criteria and instructions on how to apply, please click here. The deadline is Friday October 28, 2011.

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.

The Mentoring and Inspiring Women in Radio group consists of top-level

radio women across the country who are dedicated to using their influence and resources to help women in radio develop strong management and leadership skills. The MIWs are equally committed to advocating the advancement of women to senior positions broadcasting.

Press Release - July 27, 2011

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DATE: July 27, 2011

For more information, contact:
Heidi Raphael
781-348-8612
hraphael@greatermedia.com

****Call for Nominations****

The Mentoring & Inspiring Women in Radio Group Unveil Details of 3rd Annual MIW Achievement in Programming Award

Boston, MA (July 27, 2011): Are you a woman program director with a stellar track record? Do you know one who is? The Mentoring & Inspiring Women in Radio Group (MIW) has announced the nomination process is open for the third annual MIW Achievement in Programming Award. The winner will be recognized on Thursday, September 15th at the 2011 Fall Radio Show in Chicago, Illinois.

The MIW Achievement in Programming Award is designed to encourage the advancement of women in programming and to reward and recognize those who have achieved success in the field.

Criteria for Nomination:

  1. Women who are at the Program Director level or higher (for example, Regional Program Director, Vice President of Programming) will be considered.
  2. Candidates must be currently active in the field, and primarily responsible for programming a radio station, group, or individual or group of programs.
  3. Candidates should have at least five years’ experience in programming.
  4. Candidates or those nominating candidates for the award must complete and submit the entry form available at http://tinyurl.com/MIWPDAward.

Anyone who would like to submit a recommendation of a potential candidate is encouraged to do so. All entries must be submitted to http://tinyurl.com/MIWPDAward by COB on Friday, August 12th, 2011.

All submissions meeting the qualifying criteria will be reviewed and the winner will be determined by the Executive Committee of the MIW Radio Group. Decision of the judges regarding the selection of finalists will be final.

About the MIW Radio Group: The Mentoring and Inspiring Women in Radio Group (MIW) is dedicated to using its influence and resources to support women in radio to develop strong management and leadership skills. The MIWs are equally committed to advocating the advancement of women to senior positions in radio companies and corporations.

Press Release - July 25, 2011


Hubbard Radio's Ginny Morris Named Recipient of 3rd Annual MIW Radio Group Trail Blazer Award


Boston, MA (July 25th, 2011):
The Mentoring and Inspiring Women in Radio (MIW) Group is pleased to announce Hubbard Broadcasting Chair Ginny Morris has been named the recipient of the 3rd annual Trailblazer Award.


She will be recognized on stage on Wednesday, September 14th during the Opening Remarks and Welcome Keynote session at the 2011 Radio Show in Chicago, Illinois.

The Trailblazer Award is presented each year to a woman who has "blazed new trails" for women in the radio industry.

"Ginny's stellar leadership, combined with her outstanding character, savvy business sense and continued success made her the perfect choice to receive this coveted honor," said MIW Radio Group Spokesperson and Greater Media Vice President of Corporate Communication Heidi Raphael.

Morris, a third generation broadcaster is the Chair of Hubbard Radio, LLC. Since April 2011, Hubbard Radio operates 21 radio stations in Chicago, Washington DC, Minneapolis-St. Paul, St. Louis, and Cincinnati.

While still in college in 1982, she began working in the promotion department of their flagship TV station, KSTP-TV. Morris started with special projects and promotional events and eventually became the manager of that department in 1985.

In July 1990, she was asked to take on the challenge of managing KSTP-AM, the original holding of the Hubbard Family's broadcasting business (originally licensed as WAMD in 1923). It was in that role that Morris developed her true passion for and interest in the radio business. In May 1995, Morris added KSTP-FM (KS95) to her duties, becoming President and General Manager of both KSTP radio properties.

Having had success with developing local talent for KSTP-AM, the company began syndicating it's talent on a regional basis and formed a new company, the Hubbard Radio Network in August 1999. The Hubbard Radio Network works with 26 affiliates throughout the Upper Midwest and continues to add stations.

Hubbard Radio purchased WIXK-AM/FM in New Richmond, Wisconsin, in December 2000. In June 2002, WIXK-FM was moved to the Twin Cities metropolitan area. The format was changed to a new type of Talk Radio, and is now referred to as myTalk107.1. myTalk107.1 is one of the first, if not the only, FM talk station in the country building talk programming for women. WIXK-AM continues to operate in New Richmond.

A former Chair of the NAB Radio Board, she currently serves on the Executive Committee of the RAB (Radio Advertising Bureau) and serves on the board of BMI (Broadcast Music Inc.) and the Library of American Broadcasting.

An active member of the Twin City community, her current and former civic board experience includes Chairing the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce. Morris also currently serves on the boards of MinnCann and St. Thomas Academy.

About the MIW Radio Group:

The MIWs are dedicated to using their influence and resources to support women in radio to develop strong management and leadership skills. The MIWs are equally committed to advocating the advancement of women to senior positions in radio companies and corporations.

For additional information on the Radio Show, visit www.radioshowweb.com www.radioshowweb.com.

About the Radio Show

The 2011 Radio Show, produced by the Radio Advertising Bureau (RAB) and the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB), will be held September 14-16 in Chicago. This year's show brings radio broadcasters and industry colleagues together to share knowledge, discover the latest innovations, network with industry leaders and explore creative business strategies to help radio flourish in the digital age. To learn more about the 2011 Radio Show, visit www.radioshowweb.com.

News media interested in covering the Radio Show should contact Shauna Jones: sjones@nab.org at 202-429-5350.

About RAB

The Radio Advertising Bureau serves more than 6,000 member Radio stations in the U.S. and over 1,000 member networks, representative firms, broadcast vendors, and international organizations. RAB leads and participates in educational, research, sales, and advocacy programs that promote and advance Radio as a primary advertising medium. Learn more at www.rab.org.

About NAB

The National Association of Broadcasters is the premier advocacy association for America's broadcasters. NAB advances radio and television interests in legislative, regulatory and public affairs. Through advocacy, education and innovation, NAB enables broadcasters to best serve their communities, strengthen their businesses and seize new opportunities in the digital age. Learn more at www.nab.org.

Press Release - May 19, 2011

In July 1990, she was asked to take on the challenge of managing KSTP-AM, the original holding of the Hubbard Family's broadcasting business (originally licensed as WAMD in 1923). It was in that role that Morris developed her true passion for and interest in the radio business. In May 1995, Morris added KSTP-FM (KS95) to her duties, becoming President and General Manager of both KSTP radio properties.

2010 Gender Analysis Study Released by MIW Radio Group

Boston, MA (May 19, 2011): According to the latest MIW Gender Analysis Study released by the Mentoring and Inspiring Women in Radio Group (MIWs), out of 10,783 AM and FM radio stations accounted for by MStreet Publications as of January 2011, 1729 or 16.1% have women holding the General Manager position in 2010. That number is up slightly from 2009 (16.0%) and shows continued growth from 2004 six years ago when the percentage was only 14.9%. The annual study is compiled, analyzed and released by the MIWs from information provided by *MStreet Publications.

The trends in the top 100 markets are showing a slight decrease: in 2010 16.7% of stations in these markets were managed by women, compared to 17.3% in 2009 although the numbers are still up from 15% six years ago in 2005. Overall the best management opportunities for women continue to be in the area of Sales Management, although there's been essentially no change for the six years between 2004 and 2010. In 2010, 30.3% of all stations had women SMs, almost flat from last year. In the top 100 markets, 31.9% of the stations had women SMs, down slightly from last year.

The greatest challenge for women in radio management continues to be as programmers: women program only 11.1% of all stations which compares to 10.7% five years ago. In the top 100 markets, women are not doing much better, programming just 9.2% of all stations.

"The MIWs have been analyzing and publishing these gender numbers for the past eleven years," commented Heidi Raphael, spokesperson on behalf of the Mentoring & Inspiring Women (MIW) in Radio Group. "While the 2010 overall numbers were for the most part down or flat, we are very encouraged to see an increase in the percentage of women moving into the General Manager position in the radio industry. We look forward to seeing an increase across the board in 2011."

Detailed 2010 MIW Gender Analysis reports for GM, SM and PD positions, including group trends will be released over the next several months.

About the MIW Radio Group: The MIW Radio Group is committed to using its influence and resources to support women in radio to develop strong management and leadership skills. The MIWs are equally committed to advocating the advancement of women to senior positions in radio companies and corporations. Contact for MIWs, success tips, articles and mentoring tips may also be found at www.radiomiw.com, the MIW website.

*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 the MStreet data as of January 2011.

2010 Women In Radio Top 100

2010 Women In Radio AM / FM

Press Release - May 2, 2011
RAB, BMI and MIW Present the Fourth Annual "Rising Through The Ranks" Seminar Dedicated to the Support and Advancement of Women in Radio Sales Management

Alison Smith, Senior Vice President, Performing Rights at BMI, and "Rising Through the Ranks" Alumna Taja Graham to Deliver Keynote Addresses New York, NY – May 2, 2011 – Radio Advertising Bureau (RAB), BMI and Mentoring and Inspiring Women in Radio Group (MIW) will continue to enhance women's knowledge and expertise in Radio sales management with the fourth annual "Rising Through the Ranks" course. This two-day training seminar dedicated to the support and advancement of women in Radio sales management will be held August 30-31, 2011, at the BMI Offices in Nashville, Tennessee.

Designed for relatively recent and emerging managers, the seminar will focus on essential sales management techniques and encompasses everything from budgeting and forecasting to time management development.

Once again, BMI is pleased to provide 25 scholarships for this year's program. These scholarships cover the cost of the training course and help promote the advancement of female managers.

Keynote speakers Alison Smith, Senior Vice President, Performing Rights at BMI, and Taja Graham, General Sales Manager for Emmis-owned station WLHK, will share their insights on growth and advancement for women in the workplace.

Smith has been named twice to Billboard magazine's "Women In Music" list and she chairs an international committee made up of collection societies and music publisher that deals with international digital licensing initiatives. During her tenure at BMI, Smith has spearheaded the on-going development and implementation of methodologies for royalty payments stemming from the many usages of BMI music across multiple media platforms. She directs BMI's TV and Cable distribution methodology, and piloted the development of online digital tools to benefit BMI affiliates and music customers. Considered an expert on performing rights administration, she has been a frequent guest speaker before such groups as the Society of Composers & Lyricists, the Association of Independent Music Publishers (New York and Los Angeles), the California Copyright Conference, the Church Music Publishers Association, and a number of performing rights organizations around the world.

Taja Graham, 2010 "Rising Through the Ranks" alumna, will deliver the Alumni keynote address. Taja received her B.S. from Butler University, and started her radio career as an intern with WZPL in 1991. In 1996, Taja joined Emmis Communications and has worked in various roles leading up to her current position as General Sales Manger for WLHK, Country 97.1 Hank FM. She received the Emmis Broadcasting Inc. Chairman's Club Award for Annual Top Sales Performance in 2007 and 2008, having sold for WNOU and WIBC.

"We're very excited to welcome the 'Rising Through the Ranks' course back to Nashville for this engaging seminar." said Mike O'Neill, BMI Senior Vice President, Repertoire & Licensing. "We're proud to support the advancement and education of female executives throughout the Radio industry."

"Thanks to outstanding organizations like BMI and the RAB, the MIW Group continues to support the development, growth and advancement of women as they move into senior positions in the radio industry," noted Heidi Raphael, VP of Corporate Communication for Greater Media and spokesperson for the MIW Radio Group.

"RAB continues to promote the advancement of women into senior positions in Radio," stated Sheila Kirby, Senior Vice President, Professional Development at the RAB. "This year's curriculum and guest speakers will ensure that attendees receive the latest tools and knowledge to carry them into current and future management roles."

Scholarship applications and registration information are available at www.rab.com and will be accepted now through July 13, 2011. The training course is limited; applicants are encouraged to submit early to secure a spot.

About BMI
Broadcast Music, Inc.® (BMI), a global leader in rights management, is an American performing rights organization that represents more than 475,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers in all genres of music and more than 6.5 million works. BMI has represented the most popular and beloved music from around the world for 70 years. The U.S. corporation collects license fees from businesses that use music, which it then distributes as royalties to the musical creators and copyright owners it represents.

About MIW Radio Group
The MIW Radio Group consists of top-level Radio women across the country who are dedicated to using their influence and resources to help put more women in positions of leadership in Radio. For contact information for each MIW, along with interviews, articles and MIW presentations, or to join the MIW Network or learn about the MIW Mentoring Program, go to http://www.Radiomiw.com/.

About Radio Advertising Bureau
The Radio Advertising Bureau serves more than 6,000 member Radio stations in the U.S. and over 1,000 member networks, representative firms, broadcast vendors, and international organizations. RAB leads and participates in educational, research, sales, and advocacy programs that promote and advance Radio as a primary advertising medium.

Media Contacts:
For the Radio Advertising Bureau: Meghan Buonocore, Marketing & Communications Associate, Radio Advertising Bureau
212-681-7215; mbuonocore@rab.com

For BMI:
Hanna Pantle, Assistant Vice President, Corporate Communications and Media Relations, BMI
310-289-6328, hpantle@bmi.com,

For the MIW Radio Group:
Heidi Raphael, VP of Corporate Communication, Greater Media, Inc.
781-348-8612; hraphael@greatermedia.com

Press Release - January 20, 2011
Mentees Selected to Participate in 2011 MIW Radio Group Mildred Carter Mentoring Program

Boston, MA (January 20, 2011): The Mentoring & Inspiring Women in Radio (MIWs) Group has announced the mentees chosen to participate in the 2011 Mildred Carter Mentoring Program:

  • Keriann Worley, General Sales Manager, WAVW, WQOI, WCZR, WSYR, WAXE (Clear Channel, Ft. Pierce, Florida);
  • Taja Graham, Local Sales Manager, WLHK, (Emmis, Indianapolis, IN);
  • Michele Kiefer, Director of Sales, WFMS, WJJK, WRWM, (Cumulus, Indianapolis, IN)

"We are thrilled to have three outstanding individuals who will continue the spirit of Mrs. Carter's legacy through the 2011 Mentoring Program," said Lindsay Cerajewski, Chair of the Mentoring and Inspiring Women in Radio Group's (MIWs) Mentoring Committee and Local Sales Manager of WUSN-FM|US99.5 "America's Country Station" and WCFS- FM ("Fresh 105.9") in Chicago, Illinois.

The MIW Group consists of top-level radio women across the country who are dedicated to using their influence and resources to support women in radio to develop strong management and leadership skills. The MIW's are equally committed to advocating the advancement of women to senior positions in radio companies and corporations.

The mentoring program was established in 2002 in an effort to match mentees with female professionals who are leaders in all aspects of the radio industry. The MIW's have assisted mentees with learning more about the ins and outs of the industry, networking up and down the corporate ladder and providing guidance for the Mentee to grow her career in whatever direction she chooses.

The annual mentoring program is dedicated and named after Mildred Carter, the grandmother, mentor and inspiration of broadcaster Michael Carter.

In 1950, Mrs. Carter, along with her husband, Andrew "Skip" Carter, founded the first African American owned radio station in the U.S. when they turned KPRS on in Kansas City, MO. 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.

 

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