Trailblazing Female Broadcaster Jeanette Tully Passes


Jeanette Tully passed away on September 11 in Nashville. She was a dominant presence in the broadcast industry, where her extensive media knowledge and financial acumen were sought by titans in acquisition and station management for the past 40 years. She was a pioneer among women in broadcasting, and a mentor to many who have now ascended to power in the various media industries.

For the past 10 years Tully had been the CEO of the Aloha Station Trust and most recently the Ocean Station Trust, managing 42 radio stations around the US in all formats, affiliated with iHeartRadio.

She started her broadcasting career at Harte-Hanks Communications in 1978, where for over eight years she was Vice President, Broadcasting and Entertainment in San Antonio. Previously, she was VP at Communications Equity (1986-1994), Executive VP for Alliance Broadcasting Corporation (1994-96), CFO of Entravision Communications (1996-2002), and President, CEO of Radiovisa Corporation (2005-07).

Tully sat on the Board of Directors of Journal Communications, headquartered in Milwaukee from 2005-2015, and was a CPA who had studied at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and the University of Hawaii in Manoa. 

Jeanette is survived by her sister, Billy Tully, and her niece, Miki DeJean, as well as a large Tully and Cajun extended family, godchildren, and hundreds of young men and women in the industry.

The family encourages tributes on the website or gifts in Jeanette’s name to the MD Anderson Cancer Center Moon Shots Program (Pancreatic Cancer) and NAB Education Foundation Broadcast Leadership Training Program to support fellowships for women and minorities


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