NAPLES Florida (August 13, 2018) - The Mentoring and Inspiring Women in Radio (MIW) Group is pleased to announce Mercedes Martinez, host of “Mercedes in the Morning” on Entercom’s KMXB Mix 94.1, Las Vegas, as the recipient of the 2018 MIW Airblazer Award.
Now in its 4th year, the MIW Airblazer Award stems from an alliance formed in 2015 between the MIW Group and Talentmasters Morning Show Bootcamp (MSBC). It is an honor bestowed annually to a deserving on-air personality in radio broadcasting. MIW Group Executive Committee member and Radio Advertising Bureau President and CEO Erica Farber and Roula Christie, last year’s MIW Airblazer, were on hand to present the 2018 Airblazer Award to Mercedes during the 30th Annual Morning Show Bootcamp, held in Chicago August 9th and 10th.
Mercedes has worked in the Las Vegas market, and as a morning host on Mix 94.1, since 1997. She has been acknowledged throughout her career for her accomplishments on-air and dedication to her local community. Mercedes has been named: Billboard Magazine's “Air Personality of the Year;” “Best Local Radio Personality” by both the Las Vegas Review-Journal and Las Vegas Week; and, most recently, “Best Radio On-Air Talent” at the Nevada “Silver State Awards/Women Awards.” Many charities benefit from Mercedes’ tireless efforts; Vegas Magazine honored her at “Vegas Gives,” an event recognizing Las Vegas women who support and contribute to community organizations.
“It is the MIW Group’s privilege to acknowledge an industry veteran like Mercedes. She has an exceptional ability to engage listeners, and generously uses her influence to make the community in which she lives a better place,” said MIW Group Spokeswoman Denyse Mesnik. “Mercedes represents the very heart of what radio does best.”
“I am beyond grateful to work in this industry. I think the most gratifying part of our job is being able to create bonds with our listeners,” said Mercedes. “’I’ve watched and idolized all the women (Ellen K, Angie Martinez, and Roula Christie) that have won this award in the past and to be included in this group is an honor I never could have imagined. As the mother of two daughters, being a role model to girls and women is something that I take very seriously, so the MIW Group Airblazer Award is especially meaningful.”
“So thrilled to see Mercedes bestowed this honor. So amazing. So deserving,” added Talentmasters President Don Anthony.
About the 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 www.radioMIW.com.
About the Morning Show Boot Camp:
For 30 years now, Morning Show Boot Camp has become recognized as the first and foremost annual gathering of top shows, producers, talent specialists, content providers and the radio executives behind them. Attendees arrive from throughout the U.S., Canada and abroad. For more information, visit www.morningshowbootcamp.com.