Balfe_Chris110x145Christopher Balfe is a partner at Red Seat Ventures. Red Seat Ventures partners with high-profile individuals and brands to build unique digital businesses. Initial clients include Premiere Networks and Blumhouse. Prior to founding Red Seat, Balfe was president and COO of Mercury Radio Arts as well as CEO of TheBlaze. TheBlaze pioneered a brand new direct-to-consumer subscription model and paved the way for the next generation of OTT services, while TheBlaze.com became one of the top 100 websites in the world. In 2011, Balfe was named to the Crain’s 40 under 40.


beasley_caroline110x145Caroline Beasley serves as the interim chief executive officer, chief financial officer, treasurer, and secretary of Beasley Broadcast Group, Inc. She has played a major role in shaping the company founded in 1961 by her father, Chairman George G. Beasley. Caroline Beasley joined the company in 1983, holding finance and management positions at both the station and corporate level before accepting the positions of VP and CFO in 1994. In 2005, she was promoted to EVP/CFO, responsible for daily financial oversight of the company’s numerous entities and managing M&A activity and credit and investment banking relationships. Since 2013, she has supervised Beasley Broadcast’s digital initiatives. In 2014, Beasley began serving on the board of BMI and in 2015, she was asked to return to the NAB board of directors.


borrell_gordon110x145Gordon Borrell, CEO of Borrell Associates, is a sought-after speaker for conferences and company meetings and is the local media industry’s leading analyst. He is ranked in the top 2 percent among Gerson Lehrman Group’s 150,000 consultants worldwide and is quoted frequently in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, Ad Age, Forbes, and other publications. He has appeared on CNN and other TV and radio programs discussing trends and forecasts for local media. Before starting Borrell Associates, Borrell was vice president for new media for Landmark Communications, where he worked for 22 years.


Bouvard_Pierre110x145Pierre Bouvard is chief insights officer for Cumulus Media and Westwood One. Cumulus has 454 owned-and-operated stations in 90 markets, while 8,200 broadcast radio stations are affiliated with Westwood One network and digital channels. Bouvard develops media and marketing insights to support the firms’ 1,300-plus media sellers and works with brands and agencies to craft targeting and measurement solutions. Previously, Bouvard was SVP of sales for TiVo Research & Analytics, where he led cross-media targeting and measurement engagements for Procter & Gamble, Comcast, Turner Broadcasting, and NBCU. As president of sales for Arbitron, Bouvard launched Arbitron’s PPM and created the out-of-home and custom research divisions. Bouvard has also been EVP at Coleman Insights; at Coleman, he helped launch the nation’s first Hip Hop formats in Los Angeles and New York City and led the programming and marketing strategies of dozens of successful major market radio stations.


buono_tom110x145Tom Buono is the founder of BIA Financial Network and CEO of BIA/Kelsey. Since founding BIA Financial Network in 1983, Buono has overseen its acquisitions and growth into a diversified strategic and financial consulting and information firm and has been involved in the creation and management of BIA Capital Strategies, LLC, a communications industry investment bank; BIA Digital Partners LP, a mezzanine investment fund; and, most recently, BIA/Kelsey, to offer data, research, and services that provide an expanded and comprehensive view of the local media and advertising sector. Over the course of his career, Buono has been involved in the valuation of billions of dollars worth of communications properties, has spoken on panels for virtually all the major communications industry trade associations, and has testified as a valuation expert in many communications disputes and before Congress. He has also been a principal in a venture capital firm, the president of a paging and SMR business, and the partial owner of a number of radio stations. He is often quoted in trade publications, business magazines and national newspapers.


burns_arthur110x145Artie Burns leads the national media and communications corporate finance coverage effort for Citizens Capital Markets and has been involved with the media and communications industries his entire career. After graduating from Fairfield University he worked at Capital Cities/ABC Radio for two years before attending business school at New York University. Upon graduation he started a career in finance covering the media and communications industries that has spanned multiple roles ,including equity research and equity capital markets, leveraged finance, and corporate finance.


caracciolo_john110x116John Caracciolo is president and CEO of JVC Broadcasting. He started in radio at age 21, when he became chief engineer at WLIR 92.7. In 1996 he took over the position of general manager of Jarad Broadcasting Co., WLIR and WDRE (92.7’s Suffolk County simulcast on 98.5). Under his guidance, there was a quick and complete turnaround as a result of a new format, record advertising sales, unrivaled community spirit, and prominent fundraising for Long Island charities. In 1998, Caracciolo founded WXXP, which soon broke all sales records for a 1-year-old FM station. In 2008 Caracciolo and Vic Canales formed JVC Broadcasting and acquired Long Island radio stations WPTY-FM and WBON-FM. In 2010 JVC purchased heritage Rock station WRCN and Suffolk County radio frequency 96.1 and quickly turned the latter into Long Island’s only Country station, and in 2013 Caracciolo expanded the company with the purchase of five FM radio stations in Florida. In September 2014 the group expanded again with the purchase of five signals in the West Palm Beach market, and in December 2014 the group acquired its largest facility, WOTW-FM in Orlando.


Ehlers_Dave110x145Dave Ehlers is CEO of Optimedia|Blue 449 US, responsible for the success and execution of the agency’s core programs and initiatives. Ehlers was named president of Optimedia in 2011, CEO, Optimedia US in 2013, and to his current post in 2016. Under his leadership, Optimedia has celebrated numerous new-business wins, including Bridgestone/Firestone, Liberty Mutual, Metro PCS, and Pizza Hut, and the agency’s revenue and margin have increased steadily. A 25-year media veteran, Ehlers has spent the majority of his career within Publicis Groupe. He formerly served as EVP/managing director of ZenithOptimedia, where he managed the agency’s new business, as well as talent development, human resources, and public relations. He also oversaw the launches of ZO Multicultural and Newcast, ZO’s branded entertainment division.



fanning_bill110x145Bill Fanning
 is a managing director at MVP Capital, having joined the firm in 2006. He is one of the heads of the Media group and also has experience and expertise in the company’s telecom (specifically fiber) practice. Since 2012, the Media Group has successfully closed deals with a total transaction volume exceeding $650 million. Prior to MVP, Fanning worked as an associate in Bank of America’s Global Corporate & Investment Bank, where he was involved in a $21 billion leveraged buyout. He has successfully passed all three levels of the Chartered Financial Analyst program and earned the Chartered Financial Analyst designation in 2006. He also received a B.S. in Finance, magna cum laude, from Boston College.


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Erica Farber is president and CEO of the RAB. She joined the organization in January of 2012 as EVP for membership, services, and professional development and rose to her current post later in the year. Before that she was CEO of radio consulting and Internet service provider the Farber Connection, founded in 2010. During her 15-year tenure at Radio & Records, she served as COO, president, publisher, and CEO. Earlier in her career Farber was VP/radio development director at Interep.


field_david110x145David Field is president and CEO of Philadelphia-based Entercom Communications, one of the country’s largest radio broadcasting companies and a member of the New York Stock Exchange. Before becoming Entercom’s president in 1998, Field served in a number of positions with the company, including COO and CFO. Before joining Entercom, he was an investment banker at Goldman, Sachs & Co. in New York. Field serves on the boards of Entercom, the NAB, the RAB, and the Wilderness Society. He served as chairman of the Radio Board of the NAB from 2005-2007.


Flick_Scott110x145Scott Flick is a partner in Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP’s Communications practice located in its Washington, DC office. He has handled over $30 billion in media-related mergers and acquisitions and provides strategic counsel to media, programming, telecommunications, and technology clients on transactional, regulatory, business, litigation, policy, and intellectual property matters. Flick’s practice includes broadcast TV and radio stations, broadcast and cable networks, cable and satellite TV, Internet, media technologies, advertising, and program production and distribution matters. He obtains changes in federal law and policy on behalf of clients, structures ventures for acquisitions and operations within the current regulatory framework, and advises media and technology investors. Flick has successfully litigated numerous precedent-setting cases, including matters related to cable program carriage and retransmission.


Garrity_Kevin110x145Kevin Garrity, CEO of Gen Media Partners, has been leading media companies to revenue success for most of his career. At Gen Media Partners, Garrity is at the forefront of the company’s continued expansion, and he was president and CEO of McGavren Guild Media and Local Focus during the restructuring that culminated in the formation of the new, multi-media, sales-driven organization. Garrity’s background includes several years in various management positions at Cumulus Media, where he rose to vice president, director of national sales, from regional national sales manager, Northeast and GSM of the Cumulus three-station cluster in Westchester County, New York. At ABC, Garrity ascended to president of ABC Radio Sales, where he established relationships with marquee broadcasters including ESPN and Radio Disney and developed marketing programs for some of the nation’s biggest advertisers. He first joined ABC Radio Sales as New York sales manager and GSM. Before that, he was VP/Sales for Group W Sales, an Interep company. He began his broadcasting career as an AE at WABC/New York.


Glicklich_Brian110x145Brian Glicklich, president/CEO of How Handy Is That, advises broadcasters and other business leaders and celebrities on digital strategy and execution, both in crisis and beyond. Clients have included Jay Leno and NBC, Roy Disney in the Save Disney advocacy. Key competencies include managing corporate or personal crisis events, search engine/reputational issues, public affairs message advocacy, proxy contests, litigation communications, stalkers and gadflies, or other threats to client interests. Another business unit engages with high-velocity organizations on a long-term basis to develop, plan, and execute their digital model. Glicklich is also partnered with Kraig Kitchin in a broadcast talent management and advisory business as co-President of SoundMind LLC. Glicklich previously created and led the digital division of Premiere Radio Networks as SVP, creating the first digital businesses for a diverse group of broadcasters including Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, Jim Rome, and a number of others. He also spent time at CBS and a couple of other broadcast organizations.


Goldstein_Steve110x145Steven Goldstein, founder of Amplifi Media, is a nationally recognized leader in radio programming, marketing, and management. His track record of success spans virtually every major radio format for some of the nation’s top broadcasting companies. Amplifi Media specializes in strategy and content development for the fast-growing digital on-demand audio (podcasting) sector. Previously, Goldstein was a founding partner and served for 28 years as executive vice president and group program director of Saga Communications, where he led programming, research, marketing, and interactive initiatives. Before joining Saga, Goldstein programmed top radio stations including WHYT/Detroit, WOMC/Detroit, and WTIC-FM/Hartford CT. Goldstein also served as the youngest-ever news anchor for the ABC Radio Network and, shortly after, began his major market-programming career at WABC Radio.


Mark Gray is president of Katz Radio Group. With 240 million weekly listeners across the country, Katz Radio Group has the largest reach of any radio representation company in America, representing every major radio group with more than 3,000 radio stations and thousands of digital platforms. Gray leads the Katz team in leveraging the company’s scale, thought leadership, and industry insights to provide the most innovative marketing solutions, technology and revenue strategies for advertisers, agencies, and Katz partners. Gray’s extensive background in radio advertising began when he joined Katz in 1988 as an account executive. He has since been promoted within the company to various positions, including general sales manager and vice president. He became president of Katz Radio in 2001, and was then promoted to his current role as president of Katz Radio Group in 2006.


hendrich_bill110x145Bill Hendrich is EVP of radio for Cox Media Group, responsible for programming, operations, and sales for CMG’s 59 radio stations in 11 markets. Previously, Hendrich was the VP and market manager of CMG’s six-station radio cluster in Jacksonville. In this position, he oversaw all sales, programming, digital, and business operations for the cluster. In 1989, Hendrich moved to Orlando from Mobile to join New City Communications as the local sales manager of WWKA FM. He became the GSM of WWKA FM, AM580 WDBO, and WCFB FM before being named VP and GM in 1996, when Cox Radio purchased the stations. He served as VP/GM of CMG’s AM580 WDBO and WWKA FM in Orlando for 10 years. He also oversaw the Internet sales and operations for CMG Orlando. Hendrich is currently on the NAB Radio Board of Directors and has served as the chairman of the Florida Association of Broadcasters.


hannity_sean110x145Sean Hannity’s Sean Hannity Show is nationally syndicated by Premiere Networks and has more than 500 affiliates nationwide. Heard by more than 11 million loyal listeners each week, Hannity has been the recipient of two Marconi Awards for Network/Syndicated Personality of the Year. Hannity is an accomplished author, with three No. 1 best-selling books. Hannity has the unique ability to reach out and connect with his audience, proven during his successful “Hannitization of America Tour,” which brought hundreds of thousands of like-minded Americans together. In 2003, Hannity launched “Freedom Concerts” to raise awareness and funds for the Freedom Alliance, a charity that provides scholarships to children of slain U.S. military personnel. Hannity is also the host of Fox News Channel’s Hannity, which airs weeknights from 10 to 11 p.m. ET. Hannity, who joined the network in 1996, offers a mix of news, commentary, guest interviews and more on the program each night.


Hobbs_Gabe110x145Gabe Hobbs, president of Gabe Hobbs Media, is a 35-year radio veteran who has specialized in the news, talk, and sports formats for the past 20 years. From 1998 through 2008 Hobbs was responsible for the programming oversight of Clear Channel’s 275 news, talk, and sports stations. He also served as the in-house consultant for Premiere Radio Networks. Hobbs’ passion for working with talent has enabled him to launch careers in talk radio such as those of Glenn Beck, Lionel, Brian James, and others. His deep knowledge of media and emerging media platforms uniquely qualifies him to assess spoken word content and develop that content for deployment. He also offers lessons in crisis management and damage control. Hobbs currently serves on the board of directors for Music Tampa Bay and is a member of the Steering Committee for the National Radio Hall of Fame.


Howard_Jeff110x145Jeff Howard is president of national sales at iHeartMedia, overseeing all multi-market partnership opportunities for iHeartMedia. This spans the owned and operated station group, iHeart Networks, Premiere Networks, Inside Sales, and iHeartMedia Connections. With 25 years of integrated marketing experience, Howard works closely with the largest U.S. advertising, marketing, promotional, and agency partners to unlock the iHeartMedia platform potential. He joined Eastman Radio in 1990 and was named New York team manager in 1993. Several years later, he served as Northeast divisional manager with AM/FM broadcast and served as its Eastern regional manager. Howard became national sales president in 2000 with iHeartMedia. With his many years of experience in advertising sales, he has created many relationships that have driven tremendous results for key clients with his strategic insight and innovation.


Kaminsky_Brian110x145Brian Kaminsky is president of programmatic and data operations for the iHeartMedia Network, where he leads iHeartMedia’s efforts in developing a full, data-rich, automated, and programmatic platform for the iHeartRadio digital streaming platform and broadcast properties. Under Kaminsky’s leadership, the company harnesses its state-of-the-art technology to connect advertising partners to unique and rich data, making marketing campaigns more effective and putting iHeartMedia front-and-center in a new world of data usage. Previously, Kaminsky served the COO of iHeartRadio, where he oversaw day-to-day operations and further development and strategies of the digital network for both the local and national sales force. Before iHeartMedia, Kaminsky served as COO/GM of the Huffington Post, in charge of business operations, advertising products, and business development. He has also served as head of global revenue operations for Reuters Media.


kinsella_colin110x145Colin Kinsella is CEO of Havas Media, NA, charged with leading and consistently innovating the agency’s integrated client offering. He is regarded as a visionary leader who has implemented strategic, client-first thinking that increases innovation and sustainable success throughout his career. He has held positions of increasing authority at some of the industry’s most admired and respected companies. Before joining Havas, Kinsella served as the CEO of mindshare North America, a division of Group M and WPP. During his tenure, he managed client relationships across a diverse portfolio including Volvo, American Express, Unilever, and Nordstrom. In 2014, the innovative work produced by the company’s North American offices captured 34 industry awards and won the MMA Mobile Agency of the Year award in 2015. Kinsella was also recognized individually for his work being awarded a digital All Star distinction by Media Post in 2015.


levine_ed110x145Ed Levine, CEO of Galaxy Communications, attended the Newhouse School at Syracuse University, where his love for radio began. After serving as PD for the college radio station, Levine, along with two classmates ,started Syracuse’s first live FM radio station in 1978. In the 1980s, Levine had management responsibilities in major markets including Houston, Texas and Washington, DC. Levine’s ownership career began in 1990 with the signing on of WKLL in Utica-Rome and the creation of the Radio Corporation. He later added new partners and the company transitioned into Galaxy Communications. Galaxy currently owns 14 stations in Syracuse and Utica-Rome.


marcus_drew110x145Drew Marcus is managing partner and portfolio manager of Sugarloaf Rock Capital, LLC, which was founded in 2009. Sugarloaf Rock invests in companies in the technology/media/telecom sectors, with an emphasis on media. Marcus was vice chairman of global banking at Deutsche Bank, focusing on media and telecommunications, from 2005-2008; before that he was managing director, global head of media research and senior media analyst. During his 23 years as an analyst, Marcus covered the radio and TV broadcasting, outdoor, entertainment, and publishing sectors. He has been ranked as the number one broadcasting analyst in surveys conducted by Institutional Investor and the Wall Street Journal. In addition, he is an eight-time Institutional Investor “All American” and a six-time Wall Street Journal “Master Stock Picker.”


Dan Mason currently serves as senior advisor for broadcast relations to iHeartMedia of New York. In that capacity, he advises the company on current and developing issues as they relate to the broadcast radio industry, government relations, and important industry associations including the NAB. Mason served as president and CEO of CBS Radio from 2007-15, overseeing all aspects relating to CBS Radio’s 117 stations across 26 markets, as well as the day-to-day operations of the division. He retired from CBS Radio in April of 2015. An experienced radio programmer, Mason returned to CBS Radio in April 2007 after serving as an advisor and consultant to CBS and other domestic and international companies in the radio broadcasting industry for the five years prior. Before that, Mason was president of CBS Radio from 1995-2002. As the executive responsible for operating the group’s then-184 stations in the largest markets across the United States, Mason successfully integrated the original CBS, Group W, Infinity Radio, and American Radio Systems stations by merging operations, blending business styles and increasing profitability.  Mason currently also serves as chairman of the Broadcaster’s Foundation of America.


Monaghan_Brendan110x145Brendan Monaghan is CEO of Panoply, the Slate Group’s full-service podcasting network for premier media brands, authors, personalities, and organizations. Under Monaghan’s leadership, Panoply has quickly become an industry leader in the podcast space through quality editorial content, key brand and advertising partnerships, and technological innovations. Prior to Panoply, Monaghan served as general manager of the digital media property Slate, where he oversaw business development, strategy, and business operations. In this role, he led Slate’s efforts to identify and build non-display and loyalty-based revenue, and in 2014, Monaghan led the team responsible for launching Slate Plus – Slate’s premium, paid membership initiative intended to deepen the relationship with the site’s most loyal and engaged readers, which has recently grown to over 10,000 members. He’s been with the Slate Group since 2009.


montero_frank110x145Frank Montero is a co-managing partner with the law firm of Fletcher, Heald & Hildreth. He focuses on telecommunications, broadcasting, media, and technology. Montero’s practice includes FCC regulatory counseling, corporate finance, asset and securities acquisitions, intellectual property, and real estate and commercial transactions. Montero was an appointed member of the Federal Advisory Committee on Diversity for Communications in the Digital Age. He has served as the Director of the Federal Communications Commission’s Office of Communications Business Opportunities. While at the FCC, Montero worked extensively with industry, trade associations, financing institutions, and governmental agencies to create business opportunities for entrepreneurs, start-ups, and other small businesses in the telecommunications and technology sectors. Prior to his appointment, he was a partner with the Washington communications law firm of Fisher Wayland Cooper Leader & Zaragoza.


Myers_Jack110x145Jack Myers, media ecologist and chairman of MyersBizNet Inc., has been the go-to visionary in the media business for more than 30 years. MyersBizNet “future proofs” the business of more than 200 member companies through exclusive market intelligence, economic data, and strategic insights for decisionmaking. Myers’ new book focuses on The Future of Men: Masculinity in the Twenty-First Century; it was published in fall 2015 in association with a series of short documentary films produced by Morgan Spurlock’s cinelan productions. Myers is also founder of FutureMen.org an of WomenAdvancing, an all women’s dual-mentoring support group in the media, advertising, and marketing community. He also founded Media Legends and MyersBizNet Media All-Stars. MyersBizNet’s MediaVillage.com is home to MediaBizBloggers, Wall St. Speaks Out on Media, Planet Ed and Lunch at Michael’s. Myers’ career includes sales and management positions at CBS, ABC, and Metromedia. He is chairman of the board of International Radio and Television Society and a board member of the Newhouse School of Communications at Syracuse University.


Nagler_Harvey110x145Harvey Nagler, vice president of CBS Radio News, is responsible for CBS News’ radio operations worldwide, including news-gathering and programming and its relationship with its thousands of affiliated stations around the country. During his tenure at CBS Radio News, the network has won dozens of national and international awards. Before joining CBS Radio News, Nagler was director/news and programming for WCBS-AM Newsradio 88. During that time, the station achieved record ratings and was honored with many national and local awards for excellence in reporting. Nagler developed and implemented several practices that have since been adopted or imitated by hundreds of stations across the country, including the slogan, “traffic and weather, together on the ‘eights’” and “guaranteed weather,” and the broadcast of the Standard & Poor’s future numbers in each morning’s business report.


Peleuses_Zeus110x145Zeus Peleuses is the co-founder and chief growth officer of Veritone Media. His career spans over 25 years as a leader in the radio, broadcast sales, and agency space. He spent 15 years in the Southern California radio market, nine of which were at iHeartMedia/Los Angeles. Peleuses was a co-founder of ROI Media Direct, which was acquired by Veritone and renamed Veritone Media in 2014. He was instrumental in its growth into a superpower for endorsement radio and podcasts. Peleuses is widely recognized throughout the industry as the “go-to” for growing businesses and taking them to national brand status such as Uber, Dollar Shave Club, DraftKing,s and LegalZoom. He has been an active member of YPO – WPO (Young Presidents Organization) since 2008.


Penski_Dave110x145Dave Penski is CEO of Publicis Media Exchange — America. He leads investment strategies across four global agency brands, ensuring that every client receives a better return on investment while continuing to create a robust and enriching environment for all employees. Previously CEO of Zenith US, Penski added an impressive list of clients, including Kohl’s, SONIC, H&M, Gulf States Toyota, Nintendo, FX, Farmers Insurance, Hulu, American Cancer Society, Oracle, and GoPro. As the lead on the Verizon account, he oversaw ad spending that scaled from $65 million to $2.5 billion, while he was simultaneously responsible for all newspaper, magazine, and outdoor media operations at Zenith. In addition, Penski has created numerous initiatives at Publicis Media including the Vision for Excellence program, Zenith Gives Back, pro bono media work for Autism Speaks, and the Media Trainee Program. He is also an active board member for the Binghamton School of Management.



Sanchez_Norberto110x145Norberto Sanchez
is chairman and CEO of the Norsan Group, which runs Norsan Multimedia, a Spanish-language communications company that includes 12 radio stations in the Southeast, four of them covering the Charlotte market; the company also owns Spanish-language newspapers. Sanchez started his company in Atlanta and has gradually been moving more and more operations to Charlotte. Apart from the communications industry, the Norsan Group has a large role in the food industry, including a restaurant and catering division and Prime Meats, a USDA meat-processing facility serving the hospitality industry.


steelberg_ryan110x145Ryan Steelberg is president of Veritone and brings nearly 20 years of executive management experience in technology, marketing, business development, and sales. He is considered one of the foremost experts in digital and online advertising. Since 1996, he and his brother Chad have raised more than $180 million in equity financing, managed 400-plus employees, and created in excess of $3 billion in shareholder value, through the successful founding, management, and liquidation of several industry-leading companies, including dMarc Broadcasting (sold to Google in 2006), 2CAN Media (sold to CMGI in 1999), and AdForce (IPO in 1999). The Steelberg brothers are listed as inventors on 51 issued patents. Named by the Orange County Business Journal as two of the county’s “50 Most Influential Business People,” Ryan and Chad were finalists for Ernst & Young’s “Entrepreneur of the Year” in 2000.


smith_gordon110x145Gordon H. Smith joined the National Association of Broadcasters as president and CEO in November 2009. Before that he served as a two-term U.S. senator from Oregon and later as senior advisor in the Washington offices of Covington & Burling, LLP. During his tenure in the Senate, Smith’s committee assignments included the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, the panel that oversees all broadcast-related legislation. He also served on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, the Senate Finance Committee and the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Gordon’s role on the Commerce Committee and as chairman of a Senate High Tech Task Force helped foster his interest in new media and new technology issues.


smulyan_jeff110x145Jeffrey Smulyan serves as founder and chairman Emmis Communications. Smulyan is the leading advocate of getting FM-enabled wireless devices in smartphones. He shepherded the unification of the radio industry behind the installation of the Emmis-created NextRadio application in a broad array of FM-enabled wireless devices, allowing consumers to listen to their local radio stations without data charges. Smulyan formed and became principal shareholder of Emmis in 1980. A public company since 199, Emmis owns and operates 18 FM and three AM radio stations in the nation’s largest markets and city/regional magazines, included national titles Texas Monthly and Los Angeles. Emmis owns the two top hip-hop brands in the world, KPWR in Los Angeles and HOT 97 in New York City. A former director of the NAB and former chairman of the RAB, Smulyan served as past chair of the Central Indiana Corporate Partnership, a consortium of CEOs from central Indiana’s largest corporations, and sits on the board of Trustees of his alma mater, the University of Southern California.


Julie Talbott, president of Premiere Networks, started her career in advertising at BBDO. However, her love of radio took her to MJI Broadcasting, where she spent 19 years. As COO of MJI, Talbott was instrumental in growing the company from five people to more than 150. In 1999, Premiere Networks acquired MJI and Talbott joined Premiere as SVP/integrated marketing solutions. In 2003, she was promoted to EVP/affiliate relations, overseeing a staff that increased affiliations for programs hosted by Jim Rome, Glenn Beck, George Noory, Bob and Tom, Steve Harvey, Keith Sweat, Elvis Duran, FOX Sports Radio, and others. In 2009, Talbott was named president/content and affiliate relations for Premiere Networks, and in 2012 was promoted to extend that title to the National Media Groups division of Clear Channel Media and Entertainment (now iHeartMedia). In January 2014, she was promoted to president of Premiere Networks. In her current role, Talbott continues to oversee the operation of Premiere Networks’ roster of more than 90 radio programs and services, while managing business partnerships with talent, and leading and maintaining key affiliate relationships to sell and service Premiere Networks and Total Traffic & Weather Network.


Travaglini_Christine110x145Christine Travaglini is president of Christal Radio. Before her current role, she served as senior vice president and general sales manager for Christal, a post she held for five years. In June 2013, she was also named president of Katz Partnerships, the business development team focused on leveraging all of Katz’s broadcast and digital assets and relationships to develop innovative solutions for today’s big brands. Travaglini began her career with Katz Media Group in 1989 as a sales assistant in the Atlanta office. When promoted to president of Christal, she became the first person to rise from assistant to president in Katz Media, and she was Katz Radio Group’s first female president. Travaglini serves on the National Board for the Alliance for Women in Media/Foundation, currently on the Executive Committee as treasurer-elect.

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