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Naples, FL, December 7, 2016: The Mentoring & Inspiring Women in Radio (MIW) Group is pleased to announce the opening of the application window for the 2017 Mildred Carter Mentoring Program. Now in its 16th year, this notable experience pairs up-and-coming women who currently work in the radio industry with female professionals recognized as leaders in all aspects of radio broadcasting and media.  

"This provides a wonderful opportunity for mentees to gain valuable insight, knowledge and access to some of the most influential women in radio," says Lindsay Cerajewski, chair of the 2017 MIW Radio Group's Mentoring Committee and Director, Partnership Marketing and Branded Content for Emmis Digital in Chicago.

MIW Spokeswoman Kay Olin adds, “As always, the MIWs anticipate another outstanding program in 2017. It is very rewarding to watch our Mentees grow professionally throughout the year thanks to the time, talent and wisdom shared generously by a very impressive roster of MIW mentoring volunteers."

A total of four candidates from the radio broadcasting industry - within the sales, marketing, programming and digital disciplines - will be selected for the 2017 program. Of those, at least one spot will be designated for a programming candidate and one spot designated for a digital candidate. For mentee criteria, and instructions on how to apply, please visit  The deadline to apply is Friday, January 6, 2017.

The MIW mentoring 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.


"A One-on-One Conversation with Country Recording Artist and Television Star Kellie Pickler," Hosted by Westwood One's "America's Morning Show" Radio Personality Kelly Ford

NAPLES, FL (September 14, 2016) - Join the Mentoring and Inspiring Women in Radio (MIW) Group and Westwood One's "America's Morning Show" Host Kelly Ford in a candid conversation with recording artist, songwriter and television star Kellie Pickler about the unique opportunities and challenges women face when pursuing and achieving success in the music industry. This lively session takes place Wednesday, September 21 at during the 2016 Radio Show. Held in Nashville September 21 – 23, the 2016 Radio Show is jointly produced by the Radio Advertising Bureau (RAB) and the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB).

Albemarle, N.C. native, recording artist, songwriter and television star Kellie Pickler gained fame at age 19 as a contestant on American Idol's fifth season. She built her career with19 Recordings/BNA Records releasing her debut album Small Town Girl in 2006, self-titled sophomore album in 2008 and the award-winning 100 Proof in 2011. With hits such as "Red High Heels" and "Best Days of Your Life" and a third album that was named Country Album of The Year by Rolling Stone and included on Best of 2012 lists by Washington Post, Rhapsody, AOL's The Boot and more, Pickler established herself as not only a powerful vocalist but also a talented songwriter.

In 2013, Pickler began showing the world she had even more talents to share. In spring of 2013, she partnered with dance coach Derek Hough and won the Mirror Ball Trophy on Dancing with the Stars. That same year, Kellie released her fourth album, The Woman I Am, with her new label Black River Entertainment. In 2014 she voiced lead character, a sweet potato named Mirabelle, in the Veggie Tales animated movie "Beauty and the Beet" and in 2015 launched her home goods line, Selma Drye by Kellie Pickler, in cooperation with the Opry Stores. Kellie’s CMT docu-comedy series I Love Kellie Pickler, co-staring her husband, songwriter/producer Kyle Jacobs, also debuted in 2015 propelling the network to its highest premiere with adults since 2012 and women since 2008. This year, Kellie returned twice to American Idol, mentoring two of the top 24 finalists and performing on the series’ finale. On Aug. 25, 2016, fans welcomed back the second season of Pickler’s hit television series.

Joining Kellie Pickler, and serving as host for the MIW Group’s session, is award winning radio personality Kelly Ford of Westwood One’s nationally syndicated "America's Morning Show." Upon its launch in 2013, Ford was the first live voice ever heard on NASH FM 94-7, the first NASH station in the United States. Prior to arriving in New York City for NASH FM, Kelly woke up country listeners for 20 years in Denver. Along her country radio journey, Kelly Ford has won three CMA's, an ACM, a Marconi and most recently a Gracie Award.

MIW Spokesperson and Principal of Olin & Associates, Kay Olin says, "Both Kellie Pickler and Kelly Ford have attained incredibly vibrant and successful careers in their respective fields. The MIWs are honored that such consummate and accomplished professionals are sharing their perspectives and personal experiences with us in Nashville. For those attending the 2016 Radio Show, this is a session not to be missed."



MIW Radio Group Names Erika Beasley the Inaugural "MIW Rising Star" and Will Present the Award During the MIW Radio Group Annual Dinner at the 2016 Radio Show in Nashville


Boston, MA (August 30, 2016): The Mentoring and Inspiring Women in Radio (MIW) Group is pleased to announce that it has formed an alliance with Marketron to establish the "MIW Rising Star Award," named in honor and memory of the late Renée Roth, Marketron's long-time Vice-President of International Sales. The MIW Rising Star is awarded to the top scoring scholarship recipient from the annual Rising Through the Ranks program.

Each summer, the Radio Advertising Bureau (RAB), Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI), and Mentoring and Inspiring Women in Radio Group (MIW) present "Rising Through the Ranks," a training seminar dedicated to the support and advancement of women in Radio sales management. Now in its 9th year, the program is designed for 20 participants and a portion of their expenses is covered by scholarships.

Rising Through the Rank’s 2016 class was held August 24 – 25 in Nashville, where Beasley Media Group General Sales Manager (Tampa Bay) Erika Beasley was recognized as the inaugural MIW Rising Star. Ms. Beasley will receive her award during the MIW Radio Group's "Denim & Diamonds" dinner, which will take place on September 21st at the 2016 Radio Show in Nashville, Tennessee.

"Renée Roth was a passionate advocate for educating, encouraging and mentoring women in Radio," explained Marketron's Chief Revenue Officer Deb Esayian. "She guided many careers and helped countless women advance in their roles, believing that the impossible was always possible. With this scholarship, Marketron celebrates Renée's love of radio, her brilliant and remarkable career in the industry and her dedication to building a better tomorrow through conscientious efforts put forth today."

"Rising Through the Ranks is the epitome of MIW's mission and commitment to nurture the next generation of female radio professionals," said MIW Spokesperson and Olin & Associates Principal Kay Olin. "Marketron's generous support enables us to showcase this unique and vibrant two-day event in a new light by acknowledging Radio's stellar rising stars, such as Erika Beasley. Our MIW Rising Star Award honors Renee's spirit and commends her strong belief in the power and importance of women in leadership roles. We look forward to formally recognizing our first MIW Rising Star at the upcoming Radio Show. Congratulations Erika, well deserved and well done."

"I'm so honored and humbled to receive the inaugural MIW Rising Star Award and only hope I can be a role model and inspiration to other women in the radio industry," said Erika Beasley. "Work hard every single day, focus on your goals, and most importantly, believe in yourself and you too can make a difference. Radio is my heritage, my passion, and in my blood!"

To learn more about the Rising Through the Ranks program, please visit



NAPLES, Florida, August 23, 2016 - The Mentoring and Inspiring Women in Radio (MIW) Group proudly announces that Neuhoff Communications President and Chief Executive Officer Beth Neuhoff has been named the 2016 MIW Trailblazer. Ms. Neuhoff will receive the 8th annual MIW Radio Group Frances Preston Trailblazer Award on Wednesday, September 21st during the 2016 Radio Show Wednesday Headliner: 'Cutting Edge Trends in Marketing, featuring Dave Ramsey and John Rich.' The 2016 Radio Show, held September 21 – 23, 2016 in Nashville, is jointly produced by the Radio Advertising Bureau (RAB) and the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB).

he MIW Radio Group Trailblazer Award is presented annually to a woman who, through her leadership and success in the media industry, creates opportunities for other women in radio. In 2012, it was renamed the "Frances Preston Trailblazer Award" in honor of Frances Preston, longtime president and chief executive officer of BMI and one of the original MIW Radio Group members.

In August of 2012, President and CEO Beth Neuhoff assumed control of Neuhoff Communications, a privately held broadcast and digital media company that operates 20 radio stations and 16 digital media sites in six Midwest markets. Since that time, Beth has held key leadership roles within the radio broadcasting industry. An elected Director of the National Association of Broadcasters, she is currently serving her second term as Second Vice Chair of the Radio Board. Beth is also a Director of the Broadcaster's Foundation of America, a Trustee of the National Association of Broadcaster's Education Foundation (NABEF) and a Trustee of the National Association of Broadcaster's Political Action Committee (NABPAC). She is a graduate of the NABEF's Broadcast Leadership Class that works in tandem with the FCC to encourage diversity of ownership in broadcasting. In 2014 and 2016, Beth was named as one of the "Most Influential Women in Radio" by Radio Ink magazine and was featured on the cover for this same issue in 2015. At the 2014 and 2015 Radio Shows, she was a finalist for "Best Broadcaster in America" and, most recently, the Illinois Broadcaster's Association named Beth the 2016 "Illinois Broadcaster of the Year."

"Beth Neuhoff is an accomplished broadcaster who blazes new trails and heights in everything she touches," says MIW Radio Group Spokesperson Kay Olin. "Beth has been a passionate and enthusiastic ambassador for Radio and especially women throughout her career. She sets a tremendous example for all women in broadcasting through her bold decision-making and inspiring leadership. Beth is intelligent, caring, approachable and the natural choice to be honored as our 2016 MIW Trailblazer."

"There is no greater honor than to be recognized by those you most admire," comments Beth Neuhoff. "I am so grateful to the MIW's for continuing to raise me up, push me forward and cheer me on. In the spirit of the original Trailblazer, Frances Preston, I vow to do my best to live up to the accolades you've bestowed on me... then pay it forward."

When Beth Neuhoff receives the MIW's 8th Annual Trailblazer Award at the 2016 Radio Show, she will join an illustrious group of female media professionals, respected for their leadership and commitment to the radio industry including: Kim Guthrie (2015), Diane Sutter (2014), Weezie Kramer (2013), Caroline Beasley (2012), Ginny Hubbard Morris (2011), Lynn Anderson (2010) and Erica Farber (2009).



Angie Martinez Will Receive the 2016 “MIW Airblazer Award” During Upcoming 28th Annual Morning Show Boot Camp, August 11-12, 2016 in Atlanta, GA
Naples, FL (June 16, 2016) - The Mentoring and Inspiring Women in Radio (MIW) Group proudly announces that Angie Martinez has been named the 2016 MIW Airblazer. Last year, the MIW Radio Group formed an alliance with Talentmaster's Morning Show Boot Camp (MSBC) to establish the MIW Airblazer Award, an honor bestowed annually to a deserving on-air personality in radio broadcasting. Angie Martinez, host of The Angie Martinez Show, which airs in both New York and Miami, succeeds Ellen K, recipient of the inaugural 2015 MIW Airblazer Award. Ms. Martinez will receive the 2016 MIW Airblazer Award on August 11th prior to ‘The Women’s Forum’ session at MSBC. Now into its 28th year, the Morning Show Boot Camp is scheduled for August 11 -12, 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia.  

Known as “The Voice of New York,” iHeart Media’s Angie Martinez is the reigning queen of radio and quickly becoming an empire in her own right. With nearly 20 years of on-air experience in the New York City radio market, the Power 105.1 host is also an author, actress, television host, recording artist, brand spokesperson and activist for youth and health awareness.

Starting as a station intern when she was just a teenager, Angie has grown up in the radio world alongside her mother, a program director at a smooth-jazz station.  During her enviable career, Angie has had the privilege of interviewing Hip Hop legends and celebrities alike. In 2105, The Angie Martinez Show was introduced to Power 105.1 in New York and The Beat 103.5 in Miami. Today, Angie can additionally be seen as a celebrity correspondent on Extra TV.

Angie’s most recent venture involves chronicling the amazing life she had led to date. In May of 2016, Angie released her first memoir, My Voice where she details her story, including her climb to becoming a multimedia icon in the world of entertainment, and shares never-before-told anecdotes from her years in media.

Don Anthony, founder and host of MSBC comments, "Having gone from an intern to the reigning ‘queen of New York radio, Angie's story serves as a true inspiration to others in search of their dreams. I can't imagine a more perfect pick by last year's recipient, Ellen K, in choosing Angie for this honor, a perfect segue from trailblazer to airblazer."
MIW Radio Group Spokesperson Kay Olin adds, “Our intention with the Airblazer Award is to showcase ladies behind the microphone who lead the way as local and syndicated on-air personalities. Women honored by the MIWs have not only achieved their own success, but further understand the importance of sharing their experiences with those coming up the ranks behind them.  Angie embodies this spirit and we heartily congratulate her on adding another professional accomplishment, the 2016 MIW Airblazer Award, to her collection of accolades. 



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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