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(April 20, 2017): The Mentoring & Inspiring Women in Radio (MIW) Group is pleased to announce the four mentees selected to participate in the 2017 Mildred Carter Mentoring Program. Now in its 16th year, the annual initiative matches up-and-coming women in the radio industry with female professionals recognized as leaders in all aspects of radio.

To date, the Mildred Carter MIW Group Mentoring Program has successfully mentored a total of 39 mentees. The 2017 class is comprised of the following radio professionals:

  • Andrea Geiger, Local Sales Manager, Radio One
  • Jenna Kesneck, Marketing/Promotions, Cox
  • Jenn Mulzer, Human Resources, Emmis Communications
  • Justine Roller, General Sales Manager, Entercom
"It is very rewarding to track the professional growth and success of our mentees," said Kay Olin, MIW Radio Group spokeswoman and Principal of Olin & Associates. "We can clearly see a direct correlation between the participation in this supportive and impactful program and the accomplishments and professional trajectory our mentees achieve."

"This annual process is an encouraging reminder of the incredibly talented female talent working in radio markets across our country," said Lindsay Cerajewski, chair of the 2017 MIW Radio Group Mentoring Committee. "Narrowing the final list down to just four mentees is always a difficult process. We congratulate our newest mentees and look forward to helping them attain new professional heights in the year ahead."

Each year, a total of four candidates from the radio broadcasting industry within the sales, marketing, programming and digital disciplines are selected for the MIW Radio Group Mentoring Program.

The 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 KPRS Kansas 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.


NAPLES, Florida, February 15, 2017 - According to the latest MIW Gender Analysis Study released by the Mentoring and Inspiring Women in Radio Group (MIW’s) out of 11,229 AM and FM radio stations - accounted for by PrecisionTrak as of December 31, 2016 - 1,944 or 17.8% have women holding the General Manager position in 2016.  This is a half-point increase from 2015, which was 17.3% and continues to show growth from 2004, twelve years ago, when the percentage was only 14.9%.  The annual study is compiled, analyzed and released by the MIW’s from information provided by PrecisionTrak*.

In the top 100 radio markets, the number of female GM’s is almost the same as the national average when evaluating all markets. In 2016, women managed 17.7% of stations in these markets, which compares to 16.3% in 2015.  Overall, sales management continues to provide the best management opportunities for women. In 2016, 31.5% of all stations had a women sales manager, which is up one full percentage point from the prior year.  And in the top 100 markets, 31.4% of the stations have women SM’s, which is a slight increase from 2015.

The greatest challenge for women in radio management continues to be found in the programming department. Women currently program only 10.7% of all stations in the country, which compares to the same number ten years ago. The news is better in the top 100 markets where women programmers now represent 12.2%, which is basically flat from last year.

The MIW’s have been analyzing and publishing these gender numbers for the past seventeen years. “It is so important that we track women in broadcast leadership roles,” says MIW Group spokeswoman Kay Olin. “Not only does it keep us focused on our MIW mission, it keeps us focused on supporting and growing a leadership path for female professionals that have chosen a career in radio broadcasting.”

Gender Analysis Study




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