The 13th Power of Urban Radio Forum will be held on Thursday, October 3, at the Westin City Center in Washington, DC. CEOs and global marketers will discuss the strategic importance of the $900 billion African American consumer market as it applies to their companies and Urban Radio. Jennifer Jones, Vice President/Diverse Segments – AT&T will deliver the keynote address. “We look forward to Jennifer Jones enlightening us about the diversity of today’s market,” states urban sales and media expert Sherman Kizart, founder and managing director of Kizart Media Partners. Kizart’s company will host the forum in partnership with the National Association of Black Owned Broadcasters (NABOB).
Special presentations will also be made at the forum by Nancy Hill, President and CEO of the American Association of Advertising Agencies (4As) and Robert Jackson, Director of African-American Marketing for McDonald’s USA. Forum sessions will include: A National Marketers Session with leading executives from Coca Cola, Sprint Nextel, Comcast, Miller Coors, and BMW North America. The Global Media Agency Session will include executives from Horizon Media, Group M, Zenith Optimedia, Omnicom Group, Carat USA and Campbell Ewald. The Radio Group Head CEO Discussion will include insight on the future of radio from the heads of Emmis Communications, Radio One, Summit Media Group and Cox Radio.
Ken Smikle, President of Target Market News, will serve as lead moderator for the panel discussions. Co-chairmen for the forum are Chris Wegmann, Regional Vice President & Market Manager for Radio One, Jim Watkins, Vice President & General Manager for WHUR and Steve Swenson, Senior Vice President & Market Manager for CBS Radio.