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The NAB Education Foundation Has a New Class


The NAB Education Foundation has announced members for the 2013 Broadcast Leadership Training program. Now in its thirteenth year, the ten-month, MBA-style program is dedicated to teaching the fundamentals of purchasing, owning and operating radio and television stations to senior level broadcast executives who aspire to advance as group executives or station owners. To encourage diversity in broadcasting, NABEF offers fellowship opportunities to women and people of color.

Currently, a number of BLT graduates are in varying stages of station acquisition. Of the 201 graduates, 32 currently own or have owned stations and more than 80 have moved to more senior level positions or to larger markets. A number of BLT graduates are in varying stages of station acquisition. This year's student roster includes:

Brian Green
Vice President D.O.S
WASK Radio Group
Lafayette, IN
Jesus Chavez
Vice President, General Manager
Univision Communications Inc.
Dallas, TX
Kym Grinnage
Vice Presdient/ General Manager
Raycom Media WWBT
Richmond, VA
James Cosby Jr.
VP Media Sales, Dayton Region
Cox Media Group Ohio
Dayton, OH
Ravi Kapur
Vice President
San Jose, CA
Tomas Martinez
Vice President/General Manager
Prisa Radio/ WSUA-AM, Miami
Miami, FL
Jama Killingsworth
Director of Sales
WBDB/ Jackson Broadcasting
Jackson, MS
Eric Palacios
Managing Member
Radio Active Broadcasting, LLC KXCL 94.5 FM
Las Vegas, NV
Thea Mitchem
President/Market Manager
Clear Channel Media, Washington D.C. & Baltimore

Ralph Renzi
Director of Federal Sales
WTOP/WFED Hubbard Radio
Washington, DC

Michael Taylor
General Sales Manager
Charlotte, NC
Karen E. Slade
Vice President/ General Manager
Taxi Productions, Inc. KJLH Radio
Inglewood, CA

The BLT program comprises weekend sessions held once a month for ten months at NAB's headquarters. Sessions focus on the process of assessing, purchasing, owning and operating radio and television stations. Students will have the opportunity to network with session instructors, including broadcasters, FCC staff, communications attorneys and members of the banking community and academic faculty, while learning how to apply the skills taught in the program to real-world situations.

NABEF and BLT program founder Diane Sutter have tapped industry experts to serve as associate deans of the program. The 2013 associate deans are Trila Bumstead, owner, Ohana Media Group; Anita Stephens-Graham, co-founder and managing director, Graham and Associates; Marc Jaromin, president, Roundtable Broadcasting; DuJuan McCoy, president and CEO, Bayou City Broadcasting; and Jeanette Tully, CEO, Aloha Station Trust. Diane Sutter, founder, president and CEO of ShootingStar Broadcasting, will continue to serve as the program dean.