Cumulus Media CEO to Co-Chair Forecast 2020


Radio’s Financial Summit: Forecast 2020 will be co-chaired by the President/CEO of Cumulus Media: Mary G. Berner.

“I am extremely pleased to have the opportunity to work with Mary Berner on Forecast 2020,” says Radio + Television Business Report EVP/Publisher Deborah Parenti. “Mary’s extensive media background will bring a uniquely 360 perspective in creating a timely and provocative agenda that will take a look at what’s in store in 2020 and how that will impact future industry growth and direction.”

Berner adds, “I’m delighted to co-chair this year’s Forecast. With renewed interest in the power of audio, there has never been a more critical time for us to understand the shifting dynamics of the audio landscape and the opportunities and risks these changes may bring.”

Mary Berner was named President/CEO of Cumulus in October 2015 after having served on the company’s Board of Directors for six months. Under her leadership, the company reversed four years of financial and listenership declines. Her previous experience includes serving as President/CEO of MPA — The Association of Magazine Media — and as CEO of Reader’s Digest Association, the $2 billion global media and direct marketing company. There, Berner developed and executed a successful turnaround strategy that ultimately led to a doubling of the stock price. Prior to that, Berner led Fairchild Publications for more than five years, first as President/CEO of the standalone company, and later when it became a division of Condé Nast Publications, at which time she served as President and an Officer of Condé Nast.

Berner began her career selling advertising for a neighborhood newspaper in Boston. She has been ranked No. 3 on Radio Ink’s Top 40 Most Powerful People in Radio list for the last three consecutive years.

Forecast is the radio industry’s most respected and influential annual financial conference, bringing broadcast executives, investors, and advertisers together to discuss the trends, influences, and policies that will shape radio in the coming year. This is the industry’s only forum that allows radio owners, CFOs, group executives, managers, and Wall Street analysts to gather for an open exchange on conditions and expectations for the coming year. 

The conference concludes with the networking event of the year, the annual “Top 40” cocktail reception, honoring Radio Ink’s 40 Most Powerful People in Radio.

Seating at the event is limited. You can save $300 off the regular price if you register now at the special pre-early bird price. Click here.

Forecast 2020 — November 20, 2019
Harvard Club, New York