Cover Story Interviews

(1-16-2017) Radio Executive Of The Year

Introduction by Publisher Deborah Parenti; Interview by Editor in Chief Ed Ryan I first got to know Caroline Beasley almost 20 years ago, following conversations...

(12-26-2016) They Dare To Be Different

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.

(11-16-2016) The Future Of iHeartMedia?

Darren Davis is president of iHeartRadio Worldwide. His rapid rise through the ranks of radio management is a true blueprint for success — one that includes determination, desire, and hard work. He’s always curious. He’s always ready for his next challenge. We were curious to learn more about this wunderkind.

(10-24-2016) From AE To COO

Drew Horowitz started his radio career fresh out of college, selling advertising at RKO Radio’s Oldies WFYR/Chicago. He's now the COO for Hubbard Radio. In this interview, he talks about what it takes to make that kind of climb, as well as discussing some of the most important issues in radio today.

(9-19-2016) The Cumulus Turnaround

It’s been one year since Lew Dickey was pushed out as CEO of Cumulus, a company he founded in 1997. That also means it’s been one year since Mary Berner took over. What’s changed?

(8-22-2016) NextRadio On Every Smartphone?

Emmis CEO Jeff Smulyan says that what Paul Brenner has done is remarkable. “After building the Broadcaster Traffic Consortium from the ground up, he assembled the team that has developed NextRadio, and I believe it is radio’s best hope for our future. Paul is not only a brilliant technologist, but a terrific leader and partner who is making a difference in the lives of every broadcaster. I couldn’t be prouder of him.”

(6-20-2016) Living The American Dream

Jinny Laderer has always been around radio. In addition to being a coach in the NFL, her dad was a radio station owner. Radio paid the bills. Jinny’s first husband (she married at 21) was a radio station manager. With a family of her own, Jinny decided to work from home so she could spend quality time with her four children, and she became a Mary Kay consultant. When her youngest entered preschool, she was ready to get back to radio. Today Jinny Laderer is Living The American Dream. Here is her story.

(5-24-2016) Cathy Csukas & Gary Schonfeld

AdLarge Media was launched in 2011. Today the company employs 35 people and provides programming and services to more than 5,000 radio stations in the U.S. And they have created a company that is much more than the traditional radio network operation. Radio Ink Editor-in-Chief Ed Ryan interviewed company founders Cathy Csukas and Gary Schonfeld.
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(5-10-2016) Dick Orkin

He was born in Williamsport, PA, in 1933, and by age 16, Dick Orkin was ready for radio. He began as a fill-in announcer at WKOK in Sunbury, PA. After earning his BA in speech and theater from Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, PA, he attended the Yale School of Drama, then returned to Lancaster to become the news director at WLAN in 1959. Orkin would move on to KYW in Cleveland, and in 1967 he took a job as production director at WCFL in Chicago, where he created Chickenman...
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(4-18-2016) John Tesh and Connie Sellecca

Intelligence for Your Life, with Tesh as host, started as a weekend show in 2000 and expanded into a daily show in 2003. The daily show is now heard on nearly 300 radio stations. It’s led to the spinoff of a daily “Intelligence for Your Life Minute” vignette, as well as the threehour weekend show Intelligence for Your Health, launched in 2010 with Sellecca as the host.