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(By Editor-In-Chief Ed Ryan) Heather Cohen started radio classes in high school, at age 14. Later, at Hofstra University, she joined the radio program as a freshman and quickly realized she didn’t want to be on the air — while she was on the air. “I was afraid,” she says. “I was nervous every single time I would hit that button. I was one of those ‘Please, God, don’t let me screw this shift up’ people. I was very nervous.”
Kay Olin's long and extremely successful radio career started by accident. She had just graduated from Agnes Scott College as a political science major and was working as a receptionist down the hall from RKO TV/Radio Reps in Atlanta. One day she asked what they did because they looked like they were having so much fun. The response was: “Do you want to work here?” She said yes and was hired.
(By Editor in Chief Ed Ryan) Let’s find out exactly where the radio ratings game is headed with Brad Kelly, Managing Director of Nielsen Audio, as your point man, the person who controls the currency that generates revenue from your ratings.
In March of 2017, with the departure of Mark Rosenthal, Mark Gray was promoted to CEO of Katz Media Group, overseeing Katz’s radio and television divisions. Radio Ink has named Gray one of its “40 Most Powerful People in Radio” for six consecutive years. We sat down with him for this lengthy interview.
The radio industry cheered when it became known that Ajit Pai would be elevated from FCC commissioner to the chairmanship thanks to President Trump’s 2017 designation. Pai has been a great friend and cheerleader for radio, and an advocate to fix the FCC’s archaic rules governing the industry. And, he's on the cover of the April 17 issue of Radio Ink Magazine.
Oswaldo Diaz is one of the most versatile and talented entertainers in Hispanic radio today. He’s got a unique talent for impersonation, a gift for creating live, on-the-spot hilarious moments for listeners and fans, and the charisma to attract big-name celebrities and artists to his show. Radio Ink sat down with Diaz to find out more about the man behind the mask.
(By Editor-in-Chief Ed Ryan) Before the three-person morning team that makes up The Breakfast Club got together, they were all doing very different things. By 2013, The Breakfast Club was being syndicated by Premiere, and it’s now on more than 70 stations across the country.
(By Editor-in-Chief Ed Ryan) Mike Dungan plays a big role in nurturing those relationships, and he plays a big role in moving CRS forward. Here’s our cover story interview with UMG Nashville Chairman and CEO Mike Dungan.
Although born into the family that gives the company its name, make no mistake: Caroline Beasley has earned every stripe and worked for every crack in the glass ceiling. Starting her radio career answering phones at a young age, she learned the business from bottom to top. And along the way, she has earned the respect and recognition of her peers.
ESPN Radio sports duo Dan Le Batard and Jon “Stugotz” Weiner tend to go their own way -- and have met with great success doing it. Radio Ink Editor in Chief Ed Ryan spoke to the guys in separate interviews to find out what they had to say about how they became a successful team and why their show is different from all the others on the radio today.