Boston, MA (January 20, 2011): The Mentoring & Inspiring Women in Radio (MIWs) Group has announced the mentees chosen to participate in the 2011 Mildred Carter Mentoring Program:
- Keriann Worley, General Sales Manager, WAVW, WQOI, WCZR, WSYR, WAXE (Clear Channel, Ft. Pierce, Florida);
- Taja Graham, Local Sales Manager, WLHK, (Emmis, Indianapolis, IN);
- Michele Kiefer, Director of Sales, WFMS, WJJK, WRWM, (Cumulus, Indianapolis, IN)
"We are thrilled to have three outstanding individuals who will continue the spirit of Mrs. Carter's legacy through the 2011 Mentoring Program," said Lindsay Cerajewski, Chair of the Mentoring and Inspiring Women in Radio Group's (MIWs) Mentoring Committee and Local Sales Manager of WUSN-FM|US99.5 "America's Country Station" and WCFS- FM ("Fresh 105.9") in Chicago, Illinois.
The MIW Group consists of top-level radio women across the country who are dedicated to using their influence and resources to support women in radio to develop strong management and leadership skills. The MIW's are equally committed to advocating the advancement of women to senior positions in radio companies and corporations.
The mentoring program was established in 2002 in an effort to match mentees with female professionals who are leaders in all aspects of the radio industry. The MIW's have assisted mentees with learning more about the ins and outs of the industry, networking up and down the corporate ladder and providing guidance for the Mentee to grow her career in whatever direction she chooses.
The annual mentoring program is dedicated and named after Mildred Carter, the grandmother, mentor and inspiration of broadcaster Michael Carter.
In 1950, Mrs. Carter, along with her husband, Andrew "Skip" Carter, founded the first African American owned radio station in the U.S. when they turned KPRS on in Kansas City, MO. 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.