Completion of the RAB/BMI Scholarship Program Rising through the Ranks 2012 Women in Radio Management & Leadership Training Seminar

New York, New York – September 10, 2012 -- 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 fifth annual Rising through the Ranks, Women in Radio Management & Leadership Training Program. The graduate class of 2012 totals an impressive 30 with scholarships awarded to participants of the program at the BMI offices in Nashville, August 29-30.

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 Lynn Anderson, Integrated Media Solution Group; Lindsay Cerajewski, CBS Radio; Penny Everhard, BMI; Erica Farber, Radio Advertising Bureau; Katie Gambill, 5 Star Radio; Brandeis Hall, Radio Advertising Bureau; Scott Herman, CBS Radio; Julie Lane, Katz Marketing Solutions; Kay Olin, Local Focus and Alliance for Women in Radio; Danielle Outlaw, Neuhoff Media; Allison Smith, BMI and Dan Spears, BMI.


The customized curriculum included practical and real world applications that managers immediately put to use in the workplace, including lessons on managing team personalities, integrated solutions, budgeting, forecasting, and P&L’s.


“It was so inspiring to be in a room with such wonderful people; all from the same industry, sharing so many different ideas,” noted Cheryl Mulligan, senior account manager, Clear Channel Media and Entertainment. “This was real world training that I will take back and implement in my office.”


“This year’s class represents our future leaders within the radio industry,” said Erica Farber, President and CEO, Radio Advertising Bureau. “With the help of BMI and MIW, these women are heading back to their offices invigorated, 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 2012 Women in Radio Management & Leadership Training Seminar will have a powerful impact on the industry in the years to follow,” noted Michael Steinberg, BMI Senior VP of Licensing. “BMI is very proud to partner with the RAB and the MIW to offer the Rising Through the Ranks program.


In the last ten years, over 200 BMI-funded scholarships for both Rising Through the Ranks and the FastStart Minority programs have been awarded.  RAB’s Professional Development team offers a variety of sales and management courses via online webinars and in-person training.


This year’s Rising Through the Ranks graduates include:



Rene Adams

First Natchez Radio Group

Amberly Beckman

Inland Northwest Broadcasting

Aimee Bittourna

Emmis Communications

Luci Breuer

Entercom Communications Corp

Sheena Calton

Radio Advertising Bureau

Cathy Cangiano


Melissa Companik

Journal Broadcast Group Inc.

Cindie Crabtree

Forever Communications

Jackie D'Eon

CBS Radio

Kim DiGiovanni

Maverick Media LLC

Megan Downey

Cox Media Group

Sarah Gillespie

Clear Channel Media & Entertainment

Kristen Graves

CBS Radio

Stephanie Heide

Saga Communications Inc.

Alison Johnson

CBS Radio

Jenna Kirk

Inland Northwest Broadcasting

Angela Kluke

My Broadcasting Corporation

Cathy Lloyd-Bauerle

CBS Radio

Kristine Lynch-Lesh

Townsquare Media LLC

Michelle Maro

CBS Radio

Kimberly Martinez


Cheryl Mulligan

Clear Channel Media & Entertainment

Kathi Pag

Clear Channel Media & Entertainment

Christie Pederson

Bonneville Seattle Media Group

Heather Pennella

Buck Owens Production Company Inc.

Katie Philippi

Three Eagles Communications

Patty Reilly-Murphy

CBS Radio

Leslie Roberts


Cressy  Walton

Alpha Broadcasting LLC

Maegan Wilburn

Cox Media Group



About BMI
Broadcast Music, Inc.® (BMI®), a global leader in music rights management, is an American performing rights organization that represents more than 500,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers in all genres of music and more than 7.5 million musical works. BMI has represented the most popular and beloved music from around the world for more than 70 years. The company provides licenses for businesses that perform music, and distributes the fees it generates as royalties to the musical creators and copyright owners it represents. Find out more at www.bmi.com, follow @BMI on Twitter and stay connected through Facebook.

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/.

About Radio Advertising Bureau
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.             

Media Contacts:


Meghan Buonocore





Ari Surdoval

(615) 401-2880




MIW Radio Group:

Heidi Raphael