News Release
News Release
News Release
News Release
September 23, 2010
Zamir Ahmed

NAB Education Foundation Welcomes New Broadcast Leadership Training Class

WASHINGTON, DC -- The NAB Education Foundation (NABEF) announced today the new members of the 2011 Broadcast Leadership Training (BLT) program. Now in its eleventh 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 169 graduates, 29 currently own or have owned stations and 60 have moved up to senior management or larger markets. This year's student roster includes:

Colin Benedict
News Director
WISC-TV Morgan Murphy Media
Madison, WI
Carole M. Kozloski
NEPSK, Inc dba WAGM-TV & Polaris Cable
Presque Isle, ME

Evelyn Chaparro

General Manager
WGES-Genesis 680 AM/
Ark Communications Network
Tampa, FL

Derrick A. Martin

General Sales Manager
Clear Channel Communications
St. Louis, MO

Kervin L. Clenence

The Sales Department
Weston, FL

Christopher R. M√ľnoz

Regional/National Sales Manager
San Angelo, TX

Dan Joerres

General Sales Manager
Winston Salem, NC

Kristy Santiago

General Manager
KJCT News 8
KKHD/KXHD Telemundo
Grand Junction, CO
Jeffrey A. Jones
Director of Sales
Clear Channel Radio-Memphis
Memphis, TN

Shawneen C. Thompson

Station Manager
St.Louis, MO

Phyllis Kihara

Vice President/General Manager
KIKU-TV/Asian Media Group
Honolulu, HI

Koren L. Vaughan

Assistant Marketing & Promotions Director
Inner City Broadcasting Company WBLS-FM & WLIB-AM
New York, NY

Michelle King

Director of Broadcast & Technology
Ida Vend Broadcasting/KRPL, Inc/ Inland Northwest Broadcasting
Lewiston, ID

Tracy Wright

Regional Marketing Manager
KLTV/KTRE Raycom Media
Tyler, TX

Melyssa Knight

General Manager
WMNT-TV/Matrix Broadcasting in assoc.w/ Community Broadcast Group
Toledo, OH

The BLT program consists of weekend sessions held once a month for ten months at NAB 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, consisting of 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 2011 associate deans are Dex Allen, CEO, California Communications; Marc Jaromin, president, Roundtable Broadcasting; Dennis Jones, president, RadioJones; DuJuan McCoy, president and CEO, Bayou City Broadcasting; Larry and Susan Patrick, managing partners, Legend Communications; Jeanette Tully, CEO, Aloha Station Trust; and James Yager, CEO, Barrington Broadcasting Group, LLC. Diane Sutter will continue to serve as the program dean.

Sponsors of the BLT program include NAB, Bayou City Broadcasting, Hearst Argyle Foundation, Inner City Broadcasting Corporation, Legend Communications, Morgan Murphy Stations, TDF and NewCity Foundation. For additional program information, click here.

The National Association of Broadcasters Education Foundation (NABEF) is a non-profit organization dedicated to serving broadcasters and the public interest by supporting and advocating community service, diversity, education and broadcasting issues and trends. Learn more at

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