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Mentoring & Inspiring
Women in Radio

Using our influence and
resources to support women
in radio to develop strong
management and leadership
skills. The MIWs are equally
committed to advocating
the advancement of women
to senior positions in radio
companies and corporations.

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"A One-on-One Conversation with Country Recording Artist and Television Star Kellie Pickler," Hosted by Westwood One's "America's Morning Show" Radio Personality Kelly Ford

NAPLES, FL (September 14, 2016) - Join the Mentoring and Inspiring Women in Radio (MIW) Group and Westwood One's "America's Morning Show" Host Kelly Ford in a candid conversation with recording artist, songwriter and television star Kellie Pickler about the unique opportunities and challenges women face when pursuing and achieving success in the music industry. This lively session takes place Wednesday, September 21 at during the 2016 Radio Show. Held in Nashville September 21 – 23, the 2016 Radio Show is jointly produced by the Radio Advertising Bureau (RAB) and the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB).

Albemarle, N.C. native, recording artist, songwriter and television star Kellie Pickler gained fame at age 19 as a contestant on American Idol's fifth season. She built her career with19 Recordings/BNA Records releasing her debut album Small Town Girl in 2006, self-titled sophomore album in 2008 and the award-winning 100 Proof in 2011. With hits such as "Red High Heels" and "Best Days of Your Life" and a third album that was named Country Album of The Year by Rolling Stone and included on Best of 2012 lists by Washington Post, Rhapsody, AOL's The Boot and more, Pickler established herself as not only a powerful vocalist but also a talented songwriter.

In 2013, Pickler began showing the world she had even more talents to share. In spring of 2013, she partnered with dance coach Derek Hough and won the Mirror Ball Trophy on Dancing with the Stars. That same year, Kellie released her fourth album, The Woman I Am, with her new label Black River Entertainment. In 2014 she voiced lead character, a sweet potato named Mirabelle, in the Veggie Tales animated movie "Beauty and the Beet" and in 2015 launched her home goods line, Selma Drye by Kellie Pickler, in cooperation with the Opry Stores. Kellie’s CMT docu-comedy series I Love Kellie Pickler, co-staring her husband, songwriter/producer Kyle Jacobs, also debuted in 2015 propelling the network to its highest premiere with adults since 2012 and women since 2008. This year, Kellie returned twice to American Idol, mentoring two of the top 24 finalists and performing on the series’ finale. On Aug. 25, 2016, fans welcomed back the second season of Pickler’s hit television series.

Joining Kellie Pickler, and serving as host for the MIW Group’s session, is award winning radio personality Kelly Ford of Westwood One’s nationally syndicated "America's Morning Show." Upon its launch in 2013, Ford was the first live voice ever heard on NASH FM 94-7, the first NASH station in the United States. Prior to arriving in New York City for NASH FM, Kelly woke up country listeners for 20 years in Denver. Along her country radio journey, Kelly Ford has won three CMA's, an ACM, a Marconi and most recently a Gracie Award.

MIW Spokesperson and Principal of Olin & Associates, Kay Olin says, "Both Kellie Pickler and Kelly Ford have attained incredibly vibrant and successful careers in their respective fields. The MIWs are honored that such consummate and accomplished professionals are sharing their perspectives and personal experiences with us in Nashville. For those attending the 2016 Radio Show, this is a session not to be missed."


MIW Radio Group Names Erika Beasley the Inaugural "MIW Rising Star" and Will Present the Award During the MIW Radio Group Annual Dinner at the 2016 Radio Show in Nashville


Boston, MA (August 30, 2016): The Mentoring and Inspiring Women in Radio (MIW) Group is pleased to announce that it has formed an alliance with Marketron to establish the "MIW Rising Star Award," named in honor and memory of the late Renée Roth, Marketron's long-time Vice-President of International Sales. The MIW Rising Star is awarded to the top scoring scholarship recipient from the annual Rising Through the Ranks program.

Each summer, the Radio Advertising Bureau (RAB), Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI), and Mentoring and Inspiring Women in Radio Group (MIW) present "Rising Through the Ranks," a training seminar dedicated to the support and advancement of women in Radio sales management. Now in its 9th year, the program is designed for 20 participants and a portion of their expenses is covered by scholarships.

Rising Through the Rank’s 2016 class was held August 24 – 25 in Nashville, where Beasley Media Group General Sales Manager (Tampa Bay) Erika Beasley was recognized as the inaugural MIW Rising Star. Ms. Beasley will receive her award during the MIW Radio Group's "Denim & Diamonds" dinner, which will take place on September 21st at the 2016 Radio Show in Nashville, Tennessee.

"Renée Roth was a passionate advocate for educating, encouraging and mentoring women in Radio," explained Marketron's Chief Revenue Officer Deb Esayian. "She guided many careers and helped countless women advance in their roles, believing that the impossible was always possible. With this scholarship, Marketron celebrates Renée's love of radio, her brilliant and remarkable career in the industry and her dedication to building a better tomorrow through conscientious efforts put forth today."

"Rising Through the Ranks is the epitome of MIW's mission and commitment to nurture the next generation of female radio professionals," said MIW Spokesperson and Olin & Associates Principal Kay Olin. "Marketron's generous support enables us to showcase this unique and vibrant two-day event in a new light by acknowledging Radio's stellar rising stars, such as Erika Beasley. Our MIW Rising Star Award honors Renee's spirit and commends her strong belief in the power and importance of women in leadership roles. We look forward to formally recognizing our first MIW Rising Star at the upcoming Radio Show. Congratulations Erika, well deserved and well done."

"I'm so honored and humbled to receive the inaugural MIW Rising Star Award and only hope I can be a role model and inspiration to other women in the radio industry," said Erika Beasley. "Work hard every single day, focus on your goals, and most importantly, believe in yourself and you too can make a difference. Radio is my heritage, my passion, and in my blood!"

To learn more about the Rising Through the Ranks program, please visit http://www.rab.com/public/academy/rttr-2015.cfm.


NAPLES, Florida, August 23, 2016 - The Mentoring and Inspiring Women in Radio (MIW) Group proudly announces that Neuhoff Communications President and Chief Executive Officer Beth Neuhoff has been named the 2016 MIW Trailblazer. Ms. Neuhoff will receive the 8th annual MIW Radio Group Frances Preston Trailblazer Award on Wednesday, September 21st during the 2016 Radio Show Wednesday Headliner: 'Cutting Edge Trends in Marketing, featuring Dave Ramsey and John Rich.' The 2016 Radio Show, held September 21 – 23, 2016 in Nashville, is jointly produced by the Radio Advertising Bureau (RAB) and the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB).

he 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.

In August of 2012, President and CEO Beth Neuhoff assumed control of Neuhoff Communications, a privately held broadcast and digital media company that operates 20 radio stations and 16 digital media sites in six Midwest markets. Since that time, Beth has held key leadership roles within the radio broadcasting industry. An elected Director of the National Association of Broadcasters, she is currently serving her second term as Second Vice Chair of the Radio Board. Beth is also a Director of the Broadcaster's Foundation of America, a Trustee of the National Association of Broadcaster's Education Foundation (NABEF) and a Trustee of the National Association of Broadcaster's Political Action Committee (NABPAC). She is a graduate of the NABEF's Broadcast Leadership Class that works in tandem with the FCC to encourage diversity of ownership in broadcasting. In 2014 and 2016, Beth was named as one of the "Most Influential Women in Radio" by Radio Ink magazine and was featured on the cover for this same issue in 2015. At the 2014 and 2015 Radio Shows, she was a finalist for "Best Broadcaster in America" and, most recently, the Illinois Broadcaster's Association named Beth the 2016 "Illinois Broadcaster of the Year."

"Beth Neuhoff is an accomplished broadcaster who blazes new trails and heights in everything she touches," says MIW Radio Group Spokesperson Kay Olin. "Beth has been a passionate and enthusiastic ambassador for Radio and especially women throughout her career. She sets a tremendous example for all women in broadcasting through her bold decision-making and inspiring leadership. Beth is intelligent, caring, approachable and the natural choice to be honored as our 2016 MIW Trailblazer."

"There is no greater honor than to be recognized by those you most admire," comments Beth Neuhoff. "I am so grateful to the MIW's for continuing to raise me up, push me forward and cheer me on. In the spirit of the original Trailblazer, Frances Preston, I vow to do my best to live up to the accolades you've bestowed on me... then pay it forward."

When Beth Neuhoff receives the MIW's 8th Annual Trailblazer Award at the 2016 Radio Show, she will join an illustrious group of female media professionals, respected for their leadership and commitment to the radio industry including: Kim Guthrie (2015), Diane Sutter (2014), Weezie Kramer (2013), Caroline Beasley (2012), Ginny Hubbard Morris (2011), Lynn Anderson (2010) and Erica Farber (2009).





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