News Release
News Release
News Release
News Release
June 25, 2009
Zamir Ahmed

NAB Education Foundation Announces 2009 Broadcast Leadership Training Graduates

WASHINGTON, DC - The National Association of Broadcasters Education Foundation (NABEF) today announced the 15 graduates of the 2009 Broadcast Leadership Training (BLT) program. Established by the NABEF in 2001, the program is designed for senior level broadcast radio and television managers seeking to advance as group executives or station owners.

"Since the program began nearly ten years ago, we have seen radio and television broadcasters use the skills acquired at the Broadcast Leadership Training program to acquire stations and advance their careers," said NABEF President Marcellus Alexander. "We congratulate our most recent graduates, and look forward to watching them make their marks in the evolving communications space."

The program focuses on the process of assessing, purchasing, owning and operating radio and television stations. The 2009 BLT graduates are:

Meredith Beal
Lasting Value Broadcasting, Austin
Maria King
Medina Media Acquisitions, Inc., Wadsworth, IL

Brian Burns

Director of New Media
Morgan Murphy Media, Madison, WI

Mark Lippert

Sales Manager
LaSalle County Broadcasting, Oglesby, IL

Noe Chaparro

General Manager
WGES-AM Valrico, FL

J. Roger Powe III

General Sales Manager
WMGM-TV Linwood, NJ

Matthew Donegan

National Sales Manager
WRAZ-TV Durham, North Carolina

Sharon Prill

SVP & General Manager
Journal Interactive Group, Milwaukee
Linda Greenwood
General Manager/Owner Operator
WRJD-AM Greensboro, NC

Michael Shumpert

President & CEO
Praestantia Broadcasting, Flint, MI

Brian Harrington

General Sales Manager
WTLC-AM/FM Indianapolis

D. J. Stephens

Station Manager
WHDO-TV Orlando

Jason James

Patrick Communications, Elkridge, MD

Jeff Wolfe

General Sales Manager
WAPT-TV Jackson, MS

George Jones

General Sales Manager

As previously announced, NABEF is accepting applications for the 2010 BLT program through June 30. Click here for additional information.

The NAB Education Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to serving the public interest in supporting and advocating: education and training programs, strategies to increase diversity, initiatives stressing the importance of the First Amendment, community service, philanthropy and timely broadcasting issues.

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