Successful Completion of the RAB/BMI Scholarship Program
Rising through the Ranks,
2009 Women in Radio Management & Leadership Training Seminar


New York, New York - September 1, 2009 -- The Radio Advertising Bureau (RAB), in conjunction  with BMI and the Mentoring and Inspiring Women (MIW) in Radio Group, is pleased to announce the successful completion of the second annual Rising through the Ranks, Women in Radio Management & Leadership Training Program for 2009. Thirty-two recent and aspiring managers attended the session conducted at the RAB Academy in Dallas, August 25 - 26, 2009.   


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. 

Speaker Erica Farber
at Rising through the Ranks

Erica Farber, Heidi Raphael, and Lynn Anderson spoke at Rising Through The Ranks.  All three are highly respected and accomplished Radio industry professionals and MIW members.  Farber is former Publisher and CEO of Radio and Records, and is the first recipient of the MIW Trailblazer Award; Raphael, Vice President of Corporate Communication at Greater Media, Inc., also Spokesperson for the MIW in Radio Group, and Anderson, is Senior Vice President of Training at the RAB.


"I have no doubt that all of these women walked away smarter and more motivated then when they arrived.  Most of the time we hear about how badly the state of radio is today, after two days I can honestly say I have never felt better about the state of radio," said Farber. 


Curriculum includes practical and real world applications these managers can utilize in the workplace. "I had an exceptional experience and learned so much on so many different levels," said attendee PJ Reilly, Regional Sales Manager for Beasley Broadcast Group, Inc. in Philadelphia/Wilmington. "I'm eagerly awaiting my arrival back to my station to put to use what I have learned.  The program was invigorating, educational and most of all, inspiring."    


Since the BMI/RAB partnership began seven years ago, 200 BMI-funded Scholarships for both FastStart Minority Program and the Rising Through The Ranks Workshop have been awarded.  The RAB Radio Training Academy in Dallas, Texas, and the Academy Off-Campus Extension Program offer a variety of sales and management courses at beginner and advanced levels.

Class of 2009 Rising Through the Ranks with BMI Singer/Songwriter Ashley Ray, along with guest speakers, Erica Farber, Heidi Raphel, and Lynn Anderson.

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This year's Rising Through the Ranks graduates include:  Kathy K. Anderson from Gap Broadcasting II LLC, Estherlinda Asencio from Uno Radio Group, Nancy A. Barre from Citadel/ABC. Amanda G. Benton, from Signal Media, Cindi Blount from Radio One, Amber M. Burchett from Journal Broadcast Group Inc., Tammy A. Cazad from Clear Channel Communications Inc,. Michelle L. Darrenkamp, from Federated Media, Colleen Davidson, from Lincoln Financial Media, Lori A. Donahue from Priority Communications Inc., Sharon Doxey from Centennial Broadcasting LLC, Karen A. Eidman from Horton Broadcasting Company,  Jenna L. Fox from Mid-West Family Broadcast Group, Karen L. Franke, from Treasure and Space Coast Radio, Ruth M. Gilbert, from Delmarva Broadcasting Company, Monique R. Hausheer, from Clear Channel Communications Inc., Ann Jacobs from Clear Channel Communications Inc.,  Holly J. Johnson from Peak Broadcasting LLC, KerryAnne Kennedy from Curtis Media Group, Aimee R. Lavspere from Aloha Station Trust LLC,  Janie Lees from Border Media Partners LLC, Stacie McElligott from NRG Media, Lisa K. McKay-Blake from Curtis Media Group, Johanna Medina from Entravision Holdings LLC, Carolina O'Connell from Mitchell Media Inc., Daniel P., Elizabeth A. Raischel-Striegel, from CBS Radio, P.J. Reilly from Beasley Broadcast Group, Cindy Rollison from Cumulus Broadcasting Inc., Shayna N. Sharpe from Regional Reps, Christine M. Sieks from Aloha Station Trust LLC, Kathleen Smyth from BMI, and Leigh C. Truluck from Clear Channel Communications LLC.


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.


Broadcast Music, Inc.® (BMI) is an American performing right organization that represents more than 400,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers in all genres of music and more than 6.5 million works. BMI has represented the most popular and beloved music from around the world for 70 years. The U.S. corporation collects license fees from businesses that use music, which it then distributes as royalties to the musical creators and copyright owners it represents.


The MIW Radio Group consists of top-level Radio women across the country that 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/.





For the RAB:

Meghan Buonocore, Marketing & Communications Associate, Radio Advertising Bureau

212-681-7215; mbuonocore@rab.com


Heidi Raphael, VP of Corporate Communication, Greater Media, Inc.

781-348-8612; hraphael@greatermedia.com