The 2016 Most Influential Women in Radio

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Once again, Radio Ink is proud to spotlight some of radio’s Most Influential Women. It’s especially gratifying to note that these women of accomplishment represent only some of the many outstanding women in radio today. Thanks to advancements over the past 17 years, what began as a list of 10 is now at 100. While there is certainly more to do to level the playing field, this list indicates significant progress.

But progress does not come without change. As U.S. soccer player and two-time Olympic gold medalist Mia Hamm said, “Success breeds success.” With more women of influence in the industry today, the pool of those who have the opportunity, and, dare I add, the responsibility, to set an example and to mentor and promote the next generation of broadcasters, women and men alike, has greatly expanded.

Radio Ink’s MIW list has evolved and grown in great part because those who came first paved the way for those who have followed. In 1999, it reflected women who were carving out success in what was then a male-dominated industry. While we continue to spotlight and celebrate their progress, it’s time to set a higher bar for the list, one that recognizes not only influence, but ways in which that influence is being used to help others advance.

Beginning next year, nominations to the MIW roster will include additional criteria as to how nominees are “paying it forward” as role models in developing and leading those who aspire to follow in their footsteps. An outside committee of advisers will also be named to help evaluate the nominations. Our goal is to insure that the MIW list reflects those women whose success is breeding success, who are using their influence to open doors for others. We applaud the 2016 Most Influential Women in Radio, and we look forward to encouraging and following them and their successors for many years to come.

Open by Radio Ink Publisher Deborah Parenti

ANGEL ARISTONE
SVP/Communications
iHeartMedia

 

YASHIMA AZILOVE
VP/Corporate
Communications Officer
Radio One

SUSAN DAVENPORT AUSTIN
Vice Chair
Sheridan Broadcasting

DONNA BAKER
RVP
Cumulus Midwest

ANGELICA “ANGIE” BALDERAS
SVP/GM Sacramento
Entravision

DEBORAH BEAGAN
Executive Director
New York Market Radio Association

CAROLINE BEASLEY
CEO
EVP/Chief Financial Officer
Beasley Broadcast Group

HEATHER BIRKS
Executive Director
Broadcast Education Association

MARY BERNER
CEO
Cumulus Media

VALERIE BLACKBURN
Project Manager
CBS Radio

ROBIN BERTOLUCCI
Program Director
KFI/Los Angeles
iHeartMedia

LIZ BLACKER
EVP/Multicultural Strategy & Sales
iHeartMedia

EMILY BOLDON
VP/Stratus Music Programming
Corporate Program Director
Cumulus Media

BEVERLEE BRANNIGAN
VP/GM, Wichita Operations
VP/Programming
Scripps Media

BECKY BRENNER
Consulting Partner
Albright & O’Malley & Brenner

KIM BRYANT
EVP/Western Region
Westwood One

HEATHER COHEN
Executive Vice President
The Weiss Agency

BJ CORRIVEAU
VP/Radio
National Association of Broadcasters

JANA COSGROVE
President
CBS Radio Sales
Entercom Radio Sales

TRILA BUMSTEAD
Owner
Ohana Media Group

LINDA BYRD
Region President
iHeartMedia Orlando

RITA COSBY
On-Air HostWABC/New York
Cumulus Media

LORIANNE CROOK
Executive Producer
Broadcast Personality
Crook & Chase Radio

ANN MARIE CUMMING
SVP/Communications
National Association of Broadcasters

CATHY CSUKAS
Co-CEO & Co-Founder
AdLarge Media

SHARON DASTUR
SVP/Programming Integrations
iHeartMedia

DELILAH
Syndicated Host
Premiere Networks

LISA DOLLINGER
CEO
Dollinger Strategic Communication

JENNIFER DONOHUE
SVP/Director of Sales
CBS Radio New York

MICHELLE DUKE
Vice President
NAB Education Foundation

SHELLY EASTON
Program Director
WXTU-FM/Philadelphia
CBS Radio

DEBORAH ESAYIAN
Chief Revenue Officer
Marketron Broadcast Solutions

ERICA FARBER
President/CEO
Radio Advertising Bureau

MELISSA FORREST
Region President
San Diego-Riverside
iHeartMedia

SARAH FRAZIER
SVP/Market Manager
CBS Radio Houston

CHARESE FRUGÉ
VP/Programming & Operations Manager
PD, KHMX-FM & KKHH-FM
Radio Houston

MARY BETH GARBER
EVP/Marketing Strategy
Katz Radio Group

RUTH GAVIRIA
Chief Marketing Officer
Entercom Communications

VALERIE GELLER
Geller Media International

CAROLYN GILBERT
Owner/President
NuVoodoo Media Services

WENDY GOLDBERG
EVP/Chief Communications Officer
iHeartMedia

ANNE GRESS
Program Director
WOGL/Philadelphia
CBS Radio

ALENE GREVEY
Area President
iHeartMedia

SUZANNE GRIMES
President
Westwood One
EVP/Corporate Marketing
Cumulus Media

DONNA HALL
VP & General Manager,
CMG Atlanta & Athens

JOAN HAMBURG
Talk Show Host
New York City

KELLY HARRINGTON
Communications Manager
Reach Media

NEKE HOUSE
Program Director
WKYS/Washington, DC
Radio One

ELLEN K
Syndicated Host
Premiere Networks
KOST-FM/Los Angeles

LEAH KAMON
SVP/Marketing & Communications
Radio Advertising Bureau

DEBORAH KANE
President/Sales
Entercom Communications

MARY ELLEN KACHINSKE
Program Director
WTMX/Chicago
Hubbard Radio

DEBBIE KENYON
SVP/Market Manager
CBS Radio Detroit

KELLY KIBLER
EVP/Multi-Cultural
Marketing
iHeartMedia

LAURIE KAHN
Founder/CEO
Media Staffing Network

SHEILA KIRBY
SVP/Sales Development
CBS Radio

WEEZIE KRAMER
COO
Entercom Communications

LIA KNIGHT
Syndicated Host
Westwood One

JILL KOWALSKI
Director/Sports Sales & Marketing
Entercom Communications

JINNY LADERER
President
vCreative Inc.

SUSAN LARKIN
Regional VP,
CMG Jacksonville & Orlando
COX MEDIA GROUP

 

MICHELE LAVEN
President/Business Development & Partnerships
iHeartMedia

JENNIFER LEIMGRUBER
EVP/Programming
Premiere Networks

SHERI LYNCH
Host
Bob & Sheri
Greater Media

AMY LAWRENCE
Host
CBS Sports Radio

VAL MAKI
General Manager
KPWR (Power 106)/Los Angeles
Emmis Communications

MARIA MARIN
Host
Maria Marin Live
Univision

KERRY McFEETORS
SVP/General Sales Manager
Katz Radio Group

LISA MILLER
President
Miller Broadcast Management

GINNY MORRIS
CEO
Hubbard Radio

THEA MITCHEM
EVP/Programming
Northeast Division
iHeartMedia

SUSAN MOORE
VP/Sales Support
United Stations
Radio Networks

BETH NEUHOFF
CEO
Neuhoff Communications

KRISTIN OKESSON
GM, Connecticut Operations
Connoisseur Media

KAY OLIN
Partner
Olin and Associates

SUSAN PATRICK
Managing Partner
Patrick Communications

 

ALISSA POLLACK
EVP/Global Music Marketing
iHeartMedia

RUTH PRESSLAFF
Founder and President
Presslaff Interactive Revenue

CHERI PRESTON
Anchor/Correspondent
ABC News Radio

CLAUDIA PUIG
SVP/General Manager
Univision Local Media
Miami

MARY PULTORAK
SVP/Operations
National Sales
iHeartMedia

MARY QUASS
CEO/President
NRG Media

MONICA RABASSA
VP/Marketing & Promotions
Univision Local Media, Miami

HEIDI RAPHAEL
SVP/Corporate Communication
Greater Media Inc.

BARBARA ROUNDS
CEO
Radio Express

STACEY SCHULMAN
EVP/Strategy, Analytics and Research
Katz Media Group

SUZY SCHULTZ
SVP/Marketing
Cumulus, Westwood One

SUZANNE SIMMS
EVP
Ramsey Solutions

SHAYNA SHARPE
CEO
Regional Reps Corp.

SUSAN STEPHENS
SVP/GM Music & Entertainment
Cumulus Westwood One

KATHY STINEHOUR
Market Manager
Detroit
Radio One

SHIRLEY STRAWBERRY
Co-host, The Steve
Harvey Morning Show

RADHA SUBRAMANYAM
President/Insights,
Research & Data Analytics
iHeartmedia

JULIE TALBOTT
President
Premiere Networks

SHAWNEEN THOMPSON
VP/GM
Philadelphia
Radio One

CHRISTINE TRAVAGLINI
President
Christal Radio & Katz Partnerships

GAYLE TROBERMAN
EVP/CMO
iHeartMedia

MARGARET VERGHESE
VP/Comedy & Prep
United Stations Radio Networks

SUZYN WALDMAN
Color Commentator
New York Yankees
WFAN-AM & FM
CBS Radio

KATHRYN WILCOX
President, San Francisco Region
iHeartMedia Markets Group

JENNIFER WILLIAMS
Director of Interactive Marketing
Greater Media

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