Sixth RAB/BMI Scholarship program completed


RAB / Radio Advertising BureauThe RAB, in conjunction with Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI), and the Mentoring and Inspiring Women in Radio Group (MIW), announced the completion of the Sixth Annual Rising Through the Ranks, Women in Radio Management & Leadership Training Program. Twenty scholarship recipients were welcomed at the BMI offices in Nashville August 21-22.

Scholarship recipients were selected and awarded by the three organizations. The two-day course emphasized the specific needs of women in management roles, including enhancing their overall management knowledge and skills. Courses were led by Susan Davenport Austin, Chairman, BMI Board of Directors/ Vice Chairman, Sheridan Broadcasting Corporation / President, Sheridan Gospel Network; Lynn Anderson, CEO, Integrated Media Solutions Group; Beverlee Brannigan, VP of Radio Programming, Journal Broadcast Group; Sheena Calton, services coordinator, RAB; Lindsay Cerajewski, General Sales Manager, CBS Chicago; Erica Farber, President and CEO, RAB; Brandeis C. Hall, VP of Professional Development, RAB; Carol Hanley, EVP, Chief Sales & Marketing Officer, Arbitron; Weezie Kramer, Station Group President, Entercom Communications; Katerina Perez, VP sales, Seattle, Clear Channel; Kay Olin, partner, Olin & Associates / Chair of Alliance for Women in Radio; Danielle Outlaw, VP, Sales, Neuhoff Media; Dan Spears, VP, Licensing, BMI; Bud Walters, President & Owner, The Cromwell Group; Diane Warren, Founder, Bounceology.

The customized curriculum included practical and real world applications that managers can put to use in the workplace immediately, including lessons on problem solving, managing team personalities, building one’s personal brand, and real world radio dynamics.

“The future of our industry is in good hands with this year’s class of scholarship recipients,” said Erica Farber, President and CEO, Radio Advertising Bureau. “With the help of the RAB, BMI and MIW, these women are poised to lead their teams and our business. They are energized, empowered, and ready to implement the lessons learned at this seminar.”

“With in-depth information, interaction with industry leaders, and best practice teachings, graduates of the 2013 Women in Radio Management & Leadership Training Seminar will have a powerful impact on the industry in the years to follow,” noted Michael Steinberg, Senior Vice President of Licensing at BMI. “BMI is very proud to partner with the RAB and the MIW to offer the Rising Through the Ranks program.”

This year’s Rising Through the Ranks graduates include:

Anne Marie Henick Cox Media Group

Stacey Kauffman     WDRV/Hubbard Broadcasting

Melanie Gotlin          CBS Radio

Crystalyn Portwood CBS Radio

Michele Downing    Neuhoff Communications, Inc

Darcia Black Curtis Media Group

Donyshia Benjamin Emmis Communications

Tracie Williams         Radio One

Brianna Parks          Entercom Communications

Scotti Vaughan        Cox Media Group

Megan Malone         Summit Media Group

Tricia Gallenbeck     Beasley Broadcast Group

Amy Berry      Ham Broadcasting, Inc.

Lenee Ault    Fisher Communications

Emily Hunt    Bonneville Broadcasting

Alana Thomas          Cox Media Group

Sande Cox    Saga Communications/ 5 Star Radio Group

Ava Demonja            Radio One

Hollie Grimaldi Flores         KNCO-AM/KNCO-FM


Other graduates of the Rising Through The Ranks 2013 program include:

Gayle Brown BMI

Khristine Buettner   Red Beacon Communications

Elizabeth Coon        Results Radio, LLC

Kathy King    BMI

Jennifer Tobar-Hardison    CBS Radio

Wendy Tohill Neuhoff Communications, Inc.

Brooke Trissell          RAB

Jane Wheeler           Grand Prairie Radio, Ltd.