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The Mentoring and Inspiring Women in Radio Group (MIW Group) proudly announces Christine Travaglini, President of Katz Radio Group, as the 2019 recipient of the MIW Group Frances Preston Trailblazer Award.

The MIW Group Trailblazer Award is presented annually to a woman who, through her leadership and success in the industry, creates opportunities for other women in radio to further their careers.  In 2012, it was renamed the “Frances Preston Trailblazer Award” in honor of Frances Preston, longtime president and CEO of Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI).  This year’s award will be presented to Christine Travaglini September 25, 2019 during the Wednesday Headliner “You’re Not Just in the Radio Business Anymore: Stories from Innovators Who’ve Made the Transformation” session at the Radio Show produced by the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) and the Radio Advertising Bureau (RAB).

As President of Katz Radio Group, Christine Travaglini drives overall business development and strategy of Katz Radio Group’s 14 regional offices that together serve as the national sales partner to more than 3,300 radio stations and their digital audio platforms. In 2013, Christine was also named President of Katz Partnerships, the business development team focused on deepening relationships with agencies, and leveraging all of Katz partner’s broadcast and digital assets. She was honored this year by Radio Ink magazine as one of the “Top 40 Most Powerful People in Radio” and “Top 20 Leaders in Radio.”  Radio Ink has also named her one of the “Most Influential Women in Radio” since 2005. She has served on the national board of directors and is currently the chair for the Alliance for Women in Media; an executive board member of the Radio Advertising Bureau; a board member of the IRTS; and an active speaker and panelist at industry events.  

 “Christine began her career with Katz as a sales assistant in the Atlanta office and was the first person to rise from an assistant to a division president within the organization...that personifies a Trailblazer!,“ said MIW Group National Spokeswoman Denyse Mesnik. “When selecting our MIW Trailblazer, we look for a woman who forged her own path to success in our industry while making it a priority to nurture others in their career growth. Christine embodies those qualities and we look forward to honoring her at the 2019 Radio Show.”

 “I’m incredibly honored and humbled to receive this award, and join the ranks of all the inspiring women on the MIW Trailblazer list,” said Christine Travaglini.  “Advocating personal and professional growth for women in our industry is a passion of mine.  I admire the tremendous work that the MIW Group does to support and mentor women in media, to help them achieve their goals.”

 When Christine Travaglini receives the MIW’s 11th annual Trailblazer Award at the 2019 Radio Show, she will join an illustrious group of media professionals, respected for their leadership and commitment to the radio industry. Prior honorees include: Julie Talbott (2018); Mary Quass (2017); Beth Neuhoff (2016); Kim Guthrie (2015); Diane Sutter (2014); Weezie Kramer (2013); Caroline Beasley (2012); Ginny Hubbard Morris (2011);  Lynn Anderson (2010); and Erica Farber (2009).

 About MIW Radio Group:

The Mentoring and Inspiring Women in Radio (MIW) Group is a volunteer organization consisting of top-level female media professionals from across the country, who are dedicated to using their influence and resources to help other women in radio broadcasting develop strong management and leadership skills. The MIW Group is equally committed to advocating for the advancement of women to senior positions in radio broadcasting. For more information, please visit

 About the Radio Show
The 2019 Radio Show, produced by the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) and the Radio Advertising Bureau (RAB), will be held September 24-26 at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas, Texas. This year’s event brings together radio, podcasting, streaming and technology professionals to share knowledge, discover the latest innovations, network with industry leaders and explore creative business strategies. To learn more about the 2019 Radio Show,

About RAB
The Radio Advertising Bureau serves more than 6,000 member Radio stations in the U.S. and over 1,000 member networks, representative firms, broadcast vendors, and international organizations. RAB leads and participates in educational, research, sales, and advocacy programs that promote and advance Radio as a primary advertising medium. Learn more at

About NAB
The National Association of Broadcasters is the premier advocacy association for America's broadcasters. NAB advances radio and television interests in legislative, regulatory and public affairs. Through advocacy, education and innovation, NAB enables broadcasters to best serve their communities, strengthen their businesses and seize new opportunities in the digital age. Learn more at