New York, NY – April 30, 2012 – Radio Advertising Bureau (RAB), BMI, and Mentoring and Inspiring Women in Radio Group (MIW) will present the fifth annual “Rising Through the Ranks” Seminar, August 29-30 at the BMI offices in Nashville, TN. As in years past, BMI will offer 25 scholarships for this year's program. These scholarships cover the cost of the training course and are designed to foster and educate emerging female radio sellers and managers within the industry.
This year’s course will primarily focus on imperative sales and management techniques, including time management skills, budget reviews and forecasting.
The keynote speaker will be Katie Gambill, vice president and general manager at 5 Star Radio. As vice president and general manager for 5 Star Radio, Katie manages four FM stations, two AM stations, and a successful local online news site called Clarksvillenow.com.
Katie started her radio career as an account executive for Duke Media in Jonesboro, Arkansas in 1993 selling for country station, KFIN. In 1999, Cumulus promoted Katie to director of sales over the Jonesboro cluster which included KFIN, KIYS, and KBTM-AM. Once sold to Clear Channel, Katie remained with Clear Channel until May of 2007, when she moved to Clarksville, Tennessee to take on the roll as general manager for the 5 Star Radio Group, a Saga Communications owned cluster.
Scholarship winners will also have the opportunity to hear from Liz Rose, Grammy Award winning songwriter, publisher and owner of Liz Rose Music in Nashville and BMI’s Song of the Year Co-Writer. Liz will sit down for an in-depth discussion with Penny Everhard, associate director, writer/publisher relations, at BMI on the impact and importance of mentoring throughout her career.
Rose first opened an independent publishing company in 1996 before signing with Jody Williams Music. Within months, Rose found success with recordings and, in 2004, scored three songs on the country charts simultaneously. In 2007, she teamed with Taylor Swift co-penning seven songs on her debut Big Machine multi-platinum selling album that yielded #1 “Teardrops on my Guitar." Other songs crafted with Swift include "Fearless" and two #1's "White Horse" and "You Belong with Me." She also penned Allison Krauss’s recent hit "My Love Follows You Where You Go." Liz’s latest single recorded by the Eli Young Band "Crazy Girl" went #1, was named Billboard Country Song of the Year, and won the ACM 2012 Song of the Year.
Attendees will also learn from leading Radio industry executives including: Lynn Anderson, founder and CEO, Lynn Anderson Integrated Media Group; Lindsay Cerajewski, general sales manager, WUSN CBS RADIO; Erica Farber, president and CEO, Radio Advertising Bureau; Brandeis Hall, vice president training, Radio Advertising Bureau; Kay Olin, president, Local Focus; and Alison Smith, senior vice president, performing rights, BMI.
“Rising Through the Ranks has become a pillar of the Mentoring and Inspiring Women in Radio Group’s annual initiatives,” said Heidi Raphael, vice president, corporate communications, Greater Media, and spokesperson for the MIW Radio Group. “With the assistance of BMI and the RAB, the MIW Radio Group is able to continue to develop, and help advance female sales managers to senior positions in the Radio industry.”
"BMI is thrilled to underwrite this important initiative," said Mike Steinberg, senior vice president, Licensing, BMI. "We continue to see the viable business impact it has within the radio industry."
“I’m very proud of the annual Rising Through the Ranks program,” noted Erica Farber, president and CEO, Radio Advertising Bureau. “We’ve seen many women come through this program and move into executive level positions, and with excellent speakers such as Katie Gambill and Liz Rose sharing their experiences and knowledge, this year’s class will be poised to succeed when they return to their stations.”
Scholarship applications and registration are available at www.rab.com and will be accepted now through July 13, 2012. The training course is limited; applicants are encouraged to submit early to secure a spot.
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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/http://www.Radiomiw.com/
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.
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