Quass Wins MIW Trailblazer Award


Radio Ink’s #1 Leader of 2017 is receiving more accolades. The Mentoring and Inspiring Women in Radio Group has named NRG Media Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Mary Quass the 2017 MIW Trailblazer.

Quass will receive the 9th annual MIW Radio Group Frances Preston Trailblazer Award on September 6 during the 2017 Radio Show Wednesday Headliner at 4 p.m. The MIW Radio Group Trailblazer Award is presented annually to a woman who, through her leadership and success in the media industry, creates opportunities for other women in radio. In 2012, it was renamed the “Frances Preston Trailblazer Award” in honor of Frances Preston, longtime president and chief executive officer of BMI and one of the original MIW Radio Group members.

Mary Quass formed New Radio Group in 2001, growing the company since that time to NRG Media, a privately held radio broadcasting and digital media company that operates 45 radio stations and corresponding digital delivery channels in 10 Midwest markets (Nebraska, Iowa, Wisconsin, and Illinois). Mary’s radio career began as an account executive in 1977, and she bought her first radio station in 1989. 

“The Trailblazer Award is the MIW Group’s most respected and coveted accolade,” says MIW Group National Spokeswoman Denyse Mesnik. “MIW Trailblazers are accomplished professionals whose courage and tenacity has propelled them to the highest level of success. What further sets them apart is a dedication to utilize their talents to inspire others to do the same. Mary Quass embodies these qualities and it is a privilege to recognize her as our 2017 MIW Trailblazer.”


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