(July 13, 2015) - The Mentoring and Inspiring Women in Radio (MIW) Group proudly announces that is has formed an alliance with Talentmaster's Morning Show Boot Camp (MSBC) to establish the MIW Airblazer Award, which is an honor bestowed annually to a deserving on-air personality in radio broadcasting. The recipient of the inaugural MIW Airblazer Award is iHeart Media's Ellen K, one of the most recognizable voices in radio and co-host of the top-rated On Air with Ryan Seacrest on KIIS-FM/Los Angeles, a globally syndicated four-hour music & entertainment show. Ellen will receive the award at the 'Women's Forum' session during at the 27th annual Morning Show Boot Camp scheduled for August 6- 7, 2015 in Chicago.
Ellen K's career in radio began while attending Purdue University. Originally a Veterinary Science major, she took an internship at a local radio station. After one fill-in shift behind the mic, she was hooked; she switched her major to Radio/TV/Film. Over the course of the next decade, radio jobs would take Ellen from her small Indiana surroundings to San Diego, San Francisco and finally Los Angeles. She regularly appears on "The Talk" and hosts her own segment "Ellen K's Inside Hollywood" on the KTLA evening news in Los Angles. In May of 2012, Ellen was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Don Anthony, founder and host of MSBC comments, "My special thanks to the MIW Radio Group for allowing us the opportunity of partnering for this most special award. For over 20 years we've had the pleasure of spotlighting women on the air during our annual 'Women's Forum.' To make MSBC the official home of this new award is indeed an honor and another step forward in recognizing the true star-power and inspiration women such as Ellen K and others bring to our industry."
"The inaugural MIW Airblazer Award", says MIW Radio Group Spokesperson Kay Olin, "gives us another avenue with which to build awareness and recognition of all the immensely talented women leading the way as local and syndicated on air personalities." She continues, "Along with our mission of mentoring, we are most proud of the MIW Gender Study we produce annually to track the growth and progress of women in radio management. One area where we continue to see women most challenged in on-air and programming, so the MIW Airblazer Award is especially significant."