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NAB opens application window for 2023 Broadcast Leadership Training Program

WASHINGTON DC—NAB Leadership Foundation has announced that it is now accepting Applications for Broadcast Leadership Training 2023 (BLT) until May 31.

The BLT program is designed to prepare senior broadcast executives to progress as group executives or station owners. Women and people of color are encouraged to apply.

Now in its 23rd year, BLT is an executive MBA-style program that teaches the fundamentals of buying, owning, and operating radio and television stations. As the premier executive education initiative for the broadcast industry, the 10-month program prepares aspiring broadcast station owners and executives with the practical knowledge needed to advance their careers.

The 2023 Broadcast Leadership Training Program will consist of weekend sessions held in-person at NAB Headquarters in Washington, D.C. The kick-off session will take place in September 2022.

Broadcast professionals from all industry sectors, including general managers, experienced sales managers and seasoned department heads, as well as regional and corporate executives, are encouraged to apply. Scholarship opportunities are available for women and people of color, said the NAB Leadership Foundation (NABLF).

The NABLF also announced the graduates of the BLT Class of 2021, who completed the program in November 2021.

“These talented broadcasters join the long list of industry leaders with roots in the BLT program,” said NAB Foundation President Michelle Duke. “We look forward to seeing their careers evolve through this success and to see the positive impacts as diverse new leaders advance our industry. »

With this class, more than 350 participants have graduated from the program. The graduates of the 2021 Broadcast Leadership Training Class are:

  • Melissa Begay, Director of Operations, Native Public Media
  • Robert Brooks, Digital Solutions Specialist, WHUR-FM
  • Cathy Cangiano, Senior Vice President and Head of Market, Bonneville – Seattle Media Group
  • Thomas Ciprari, Station Manager, KTMF-TV, ABC Fox 23/Cowles Publishing Company
  • Leon Clark, Vice President and General Manager, KGTV ABC10 / The EW Scripps Company
  • Tina Commodore, News Director, WFTV-TV/ Cox Media Group
  • Kate Doty, Director of Talent and Team Development, Morgan Murphy Media
  • Susie Doucette-Pyle, Vice President and General Manager of Sales, KRIV-TV Fox 26, KTXH My20/Fox Television Stations
  • Alfredo Duran, President and Founder, Duran Media Management Services
  • Blanca Esparza-Pap, Station Manager, Arizona’s Family, 3TV/ CBS 5
  • Mariana Ferro, Regional Vice President, Sales Director – National Sales, Univision Communications
  • Andrew Givens, Station Manager and Sales Manager, KMSS-TV, FOX 33/Mission Broadcasting, Inc.
  • Ben Hart, President and CEO, WJCL ABC/Hearst Television
  • Charity Holman, Station Manager and General Sales Manager, WVVA-TV/Quincy Media, Inc.
  • Andre Holmes, Vice President, Financial Analysis, Gray Television
  • Kari Jacobs, President and CEO, 10 Tampa Bay/TEGNA
  • Kim Parker, Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Graham Media Group
  • Nicole Ovadia, Vice President, Customer Success, HOT97, WBLS, WLIB/Emmis Communications

Sponsors for the 2021 and 2022 programs included: Beasley Media Group, Bonneville International Corp. Cox Media Group, Fox Television Stations, Futuri Media, Graham Media Group, Gray Television, Hearst Television, Legend Communications, NAB, The Nielsen Foundation, Meredith Corporation, Morgan, Murphy Media, The EW Scripps Company, Quincy Media Inc., TEGNA, Univision Communications, ViacomCBS.

The organization also said the Class of 2022 is currently underway. They will attend the NAB Show in April and graduate in June.

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