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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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- Qualified Candidates Encouraged to Apply -

Beasley Media Group Commits to Support as Lead Sponsor of 2018 Initiative

Naples, FL, (November 13, 2017)The Mentoring & Inspiring Women in Radio (MIW) Group is pleased to announce the opening of the application window for its 2018 Mildred Carter MIW Group Mentoring Program. Currently in its 17th year, this notable experience pairs up-and-coming women who currently work in the radio industry with female professionals recognized as leaders in all aspects of radio broadcasting and media.

Beasley Media Group has committed to provide support as the lead sponsor of the 2018 initiative, which provides a comprehensive learning platform for women interested in advancing within their careers in the industry.

A total of four candidates from the radio broadcasting industry - within the sales, marketing, programming and digital disciplines - will be selected for the 2018 program. Of those, at least one spot will be designated for a programming candidate and one spot designated for a digital candidate. For mentee criteria, and instructions on how to apply, please visit http://tinyurl.com/MIWMentee2018. The deadline to apply is January 12, 2018.

"This unique initiative provides a wonderful opportunity for mentees to gain valuable insight, knowledge and access to some of the most influential women in radio," says Lindsay Cerajewski, chair of the 2018 MIW Group's Mentoring Committee and General Sales Manager at WSCR-AM/Chicago Cubs Radio Network. "It is very rewarding to watch our Mentees grow professionally throughout the year."

MIW Group Spokeswoman Denyse Mesnik added, “We are absolutely thrilled Beasley Media Group has generously offered their committed to support the 2018 Mentoring program as the lead sponsor. An added bonus is that company Chief Executive Officer Caroline Beasley will personally join the very impressive roster of MIW mentoring volunteers who share their time, talent and wisdom with our Mentees. It’s going to be another successful year!"

"It is a privilege to be a part of such an outstanding initiative that promotes the advancement of women to senior positions in the radio industry," said Caroline Beasley. "Similar to Beasley Media Group’s commitment in providing our employees with the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive in their chosen career paths, the MIW Group’s Mildred Carter Mentoring Program is a shining example of how to nurture and support future leaders in the radio industry."

The MIW Group Mentoring Program is named in the memory of Mildred Carter, who, along with her husband, Andrew "Skip" Carter, founded the first African American owned radio station in the U.S. in 1950, when they turned on KPRSKansas City, Missouri. Mrs. Carter ran the Carter Broadcast Group for many years after the death of Skip Carter, before turning over control of the company to her grandson, Michael Carter in 1987.

Four of the Industry's Top C­Suite Leaders to be Featured on the MIW Group Panel at the 2017 Radio Show in Austin, TX

NAPLES, Florida (August 24, 2017) – The Mentoring and Inspiring Women in Radio (MIW) Group will present “Growing Your Talent, Growing Your Revenue” on Thursday, September 7th from 1:30 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. at the 2017 Radio Show, held September 5-8, 2017 in Austin, is jointly produced by the Radio Advertising Bureau (RAB) and the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB).

Participants on this power-packed panel, four of the top leaders in the radio industry, will discuss how they successfully climbed the ladder and moved up the ranks into executive leadership positions within their companies. Additionally, they will share valuable insight on a variety of topics such as strategic planning, revenue generation, talent development, decision-making, networking and mentoring.

The 2017 MIW Group panel, moderated by Erica Farber, President and CEO, Radio Advertising Bureau, features:

  • Caroline Beasley, Chief Executive Officer, Beasley Media Group
  • Ginny Morris, Chair and Chief Executive Officer, Hubbard Radio
  • Weezie Kramer, Chief Operating Officer, Entercom Communications Corp.
  • Mary Quass, President and Chief Executive Officer, NRG Media, LLC

"If you're traveling to Austin for this year's Radio Show, the MIW Group panel is a must-attend event," said MIW Spokeswoman and Mesnik Group President Denyse Mesnik. "We are honored that these busy ladies, and notable MIWs, are committing time to speak with us about the issues impacting our industry, provide insights into radio's future, and most importantly, share their stories so that others will be inspired to reach for an office in the C-Suite."


Roula Christie Will Receive the 2017 "MIW Airblazer Award" During Upcoming 29th Annual Morning Show Boot Camp, August 3-4, 2017 in Atlanta, GA

Naples, FL (July 31, 2017) - The Mentoring and Inspiring Women in Radio (MIW) Group proudly announces that Roula Christie, host of the highly acclaimed Roula and Ryan Show on Cumulus' KRBE-FM in Houston, has been named the 2017 MIW Airblazer, an honor bestowed annually to a deserving on-air personality in radio broadcasting. The MIW Airblazer Award stems from an alliance formed in 2015 between the MIW Radio Group and Talentmaster's Morning Show Boot Camp (MSBC). Hubbard Radio Chair and CEO Ginny Morris will present the 2017 MIW Airblazer Award during the 29th Annual Morning Show Boot Camp's "Women's Forum" session, August 3rd in Atlanta, GA.

The Roula and Ryan Show first aired on KRBE in 2006, following a three-year stint with a market competitor. A Houston native, Roula's love of broadcasting began in college when KRBE DJ, Paul "Cubby" Bryant, solicited food delivery onair and Roula happened to be listening. Her family owns Houston's oldest restaurant, Christie's Seafood & Steaks. Although Christie's doesn’t deliver, she offered delivery service to Cubby and KRBE. One day, Cubby invited Roula to stay in the studio and watch his shift. "He single-handedly turned the fire for radio on in my heart! says Roula. Her first gig? Answering KRBE request lines for $5.00/hour. Two years into being "the phone girl", Roula was given a chance to go on-air. In 2000, after five years at KRBE, she was offered a morning show position at Q102 in Philadelphia. By 2003, local Houston radio was vying for their native daughter to return home, and Roula has never looked back.

Roula isn't simply on-air. Her deep community roots inspire her to live and give locally. "It's important to me to donate as much time as possible to as many charities as possible," says the super-charged morning show host and mother of three small children. Local Houston charities dear to Roula’s heart include: Kids Meals; Big Brothers, Big Sisters; The Alzheimer’s Association; Houston Area Women’s Center; Race for a Cure; Race Against Violence; and Avon Walk for a Cure. Many others benefit in some way from Roula's generosity, including American Diabetes Association in honor of her father and the Houston Greek Festival where proceeds are given to 25 Houston charities. This past year, Roula and Ryan’s Christmas Wish (held at Christmas and again in July) raised over $100,000 for local families in need.

"Roula is a consummate MIW Airblazer," says MIW Group Spokeswoman Denyse Mesnik. "She professionally navigates responsibilities that are unique to a morning show, while contributing to her hometown community and, most importantly as a working mom, raising three young children. We look for leadership and a selfless understanding of giving back in our Airblazer honoree. Roula leads by example and serves as a reminder to Houston listeners, and frankly to all of us in Radio, that the true power behind a radio microphone lies in establishing genuine emotional connections with the people and communities we serve."

Don Anthony, founder and host of MSBC comments, "Roula's road to success is nothing short of amazing – a real inspiration to both men and women throughout radio. I'm truly excited for Roula, and her remarkable show, that she'll be honored with this distinguished award. She's definitely earned it."

Cumulus Media EVP Content & Programming Mike McVay commented, "Roula Christie is one of the most natural talents you'll ever meet. Her humor, passion, connection to the market and big heart is at the core of her success. I have heard many describe her as a great female morning talent. That's inaccurate. She is a great talent...period."

Mentoring & Inspiring Women in Radio Group and Nielsen Music Collaborate to Mentor Aspiring Female Program Directors

NAPLES, FL, June 26, 2017 - The Mentoring & Inspiring Women in Radio (MIW) Group Executive Committee and Nielsen Music, a leading industry source for data-driven music solutions and insights, proudly announce the MIW-Nielsen Music Mentoring Program, a collaborative effort to open doors for women interested in management positions in music broadcast programming across the country.

The MIW Group has tracked the growth of women in management through the annual MIW Gender Analysis Report since 2004. There has been a slight increase in women general managers and sales managers; however, the percentage of women in programming has remained essentially flat for the past ten years, creating concern and prompting action from the MIW Group.

"Improving the number of women in programming has been on our radar for several years," said Ruth Presslaff, Founder and President of Presslaff Interactive Revenue and MIW Group executive committee member spearheading the MIW’s newest mentoring project. "With the generous support of Nielsen Music, the MIW Group is now keenly focused on the challenge of increasing the percentage of growth in this vitally important sector. We are so appreciative of Nielsen Music's backing in this endeavor."

The MIW-Nielsen Music Mentoring Program matches a female programming candidate with key mentors from both the MIW Radio Group and Nielsen Music to sharpen her programming and professional skills and further her career in music programming. The first MIW-Nielsen Music Programming mentee will receive a scholarship to attend the 2017 Radio Show, produced by RAB and NAB, in Austin, Texas where she will be officially introduced and mentored for the next 12 months.

"The Nielsen Music team is honored to join forces with MIW Radio Group on this mentorship program, which will provide a unique support network for women who aspire to take on one of the most difficult and demanding jobs in radio,” said Stephanie Friedman, Vice President of Radio, Nielsen Music. "This is such a special opportunity, and we're so excited to help shape the future for up-and-coming female radio programmers as well as get involved in the radio world in a way we never have before."

This mentorship opportunity is available to one female program director, assistant program director and/or music director from any music format. Interested candidates should click here or on the image above for an application form. The deadline for submitting completed applications is July 21, 2017.

The MIW-Nielsen Music Mentoring Program provides an additional mentoring opportunity beyond the ongoing and established MIW Group Mildred Carter Mentoring Program, which offers women in all divisions of radio broadcasting management advice, education and coveted access to leaders in radio broadcasting at the very highest level.



NAPLES, FL, June 12, 2017 - The Mentoring & Inspiring Women in Radio (MIW) Group Executive Committee is pleased to announce that Denyse Mesnik has been named the MIW National Spokeswoman, effective immediately. Denyse, President of The Mesnik Group, succeeds Olin and Associates Principal Kay Olin, who was elevated to the position in 2014 and will continue serving as a member of the MIW Group Executive Committee. The MIW Group is a volunteer organization that helps women in the industry develop strong management and leadership skills and advocates the advancement of women to senior positions in radio broadcasting.

In 2016, Denyse Smith Mesnik, APR founded The Mesnik Group, a public relations and marketing company specializing in the radio broadcasting and music communities. Prior to that, she enjoyed a successful 25-year career with Beasley Media Group during which she was promoted from Founder and Chairman George G. Beasley’s executive assistant to ultimately vice president of corporate communications. Recognized on numerous occasions by Radio Ink magazine as one of the Most Influential Women in Radio,Denyse is a co-founder of the industry’s Radio Communicators Group, a member of the MIW Group Executive Committee and a member of the Florida Association of Broadcasters Board of Directors. Accredited in Public Relations (APR), she is a member of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) Sunshine District Board of Directors, founding member and current director of PRSA’s Southwest Florida Gulf Coast Chapter and volunteers on marketing committees for several non-profit organizations in her hometown of Naples, Florida.

"It has been an incredible privilege to serve as the MIW National Spokeswoman over the past 3 years," says Kay Olin. "Denyse has been actively involved during that time, generously offering her support and extraordinary talents to help elevate the MIW mission and programs. She leads by her heart and by example; her passion for mentoring and dedication to helping women reach their professional goals makes Denyse the perfect choice to assume this important role.”

“Under Kay’s tremendous leadership, the MIWs have added numerous awards and activities, expanded our reach to include women in programming and finance, and increased opportunities for corporate sponsorship. All to say, Kay’s a tough act to follow,” says Denyse Mesnik. “Thankfully, the MIWs share a special bond and a true sisterhood. I’m deeply honored to serve in this manner, and I’m grateful for the opportunity to further a mission in which I believe wholeheartedly. With Kay’s support, and that of our very accomplished MIW Executive Committee, I’m also excited to engage the entire roster of MIWs so that we can collectively continue building upon the MIW Group’s significant progress.”




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