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Comments on Nominees The RFFocus Top 30 Black Women in Media

 width=LOS ANGELES, CA – February 7, 2011 – After two very successful radio contests spotlighting the contributions of African Americans to urban radio and music, RFFocus is now celebrating the contributions of the many successful Black women in the industry. We now bring you another unique online industry recognition contest “The RFFocus Top 30 Black Women in Media.”

It is time to recognize the outstanding contributions that black women have made to our industry and we are very excited about this contest.   We are seeking votes from other industry people who recognize what each one of these incredible women has contributed to our industry and/or outside of the industry as well.

We are looking for those who have gone above and beyond the call of duty as in (SIG) special interests groups, philanthropic efforts and/or mentoring. This criteria is desirable but not required.

The Five Areas of the Industry we are Accepting Nominees for are:

  • TV/Cable
  • Records
  • Radio
  • Print
  • Performers

(You can cast your vote HERE for “The RFFocus Top 30 Black Women in Media.”)

Some of the early candidates already voted for are:

Kelder Summers      
Kelder is a top professional who has a great work ethic, passionate commitment to the community and a fabulous on air charm. She is a great asset to the operation and New Orleans!

Christina Norman       of - The Network
Christina Norman has been named chief executive officer of OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network, it was announced today by Oprah Winfrey, chairman of OWN, and David Zaslav, president and CEO of Discovery Communications. With nearly two decades of excellence in broadcasting, Norman is recognized as one of the industry’s most powerful and savvy businesswomen, most recently having served as president of MTV. She will report directly to the OWN board of directors and will assume her new post on February 17. Norman will be located at the company’s Los Angeles headquarters.

Hermene Hartman       President and CEO Hartman Publishing Group
Hermene Hartman is one of the most significant and influential Black women in American publishing. She serves as President and CEO of the Chicago-based Hartman Publishing Group, Inc. Her weekly column, Publisher’s Page, provides social commentary on hot topics of the day. Her radio program, VIEWS OF THE HEART, appears on iHeartmedia (formerly Clear Channel) station, WVAZ daily at 9:15 and 2:15.

Traci Latrelle Music Director

Traci has been able to take full advantage of her many talents. She is the acting for WHUR and a successful voice over talent whose voice has been heard not only on teh Michael Baisden show but on other international spots as well.

Jean Ross – News Director / V103
Her dynamic effort in bringing news and community information to Atlanta’s number one rated station along with the markets only news-talk station targeted to people of color. In addition, Jean Ross along with Randy Dennis owned Baltimore radio through most of the 80’s and 90’s. A product of Morgan State University, Jean offers her help to this HBCU.

Cathy Hughes – Owner
1st black woman to own a publicly traded radio chain. A great from-rags-to-riches story to motivate anyone.

Cynthia Johnson-Columbia Records – VP
Cynthia is a consummate professional in the record business.   She has proven herself over and over agin.   Her recent return to Columbia Records / Sony Music speaks volumes.   That just doesn’t happen in this day and age.   She knows the business, has real relationships at radio and her follow through is impeccable.

Sylvia Rhone – Universal
Sylvia has managed to hold down a position in the record business for a very long time.   She knows how to run a record company.   Her tenure in the business says enough for an award like this.

Jamie Foster Brown – Sister 2 Sister Magazine – Owner
Jamie has held her own for a very long time in publishing. She has her own style and it works,   Her interviews are informative, interesting and most times has a funny twist.   She is also a big supporter of new acts which is often hard to find.   One feature in her magazine that I enjoy is “Who does she think she is?” that highlights other women and their jobs, mostly behind the scene people that you normally wouldn’t know about.

De De McGuire – Service Broadcasting and The Show
She’s a great talent on K104 and doing afternoons as co-host of the Doug Banks Show.   A great personality bridging the gap with local and national radio.

Terri Avery- CBS Radio Charlotte
One of a very few female program directors with an amazing history who continues to grow and set high standards for both men and women in industry.

Help the Number One urban industry trade, RFFocus , celebrate the contributions of various   African Amercans who have helped to establish our incredible industry.

Cathy Hughes – Radio One (Founder CEO)
Cathy Hughes is the most successful woman in radio today. She has provided employment opportunity for hundreds and a forum for entertainment and information for millions of black people. She’s an icon, an inspiration, and a treasure for our people. She deserves recognition.

Oprah Whifrey – HARPO and OWN
Oprah is one of the brightest stars in the world. I would have voted for her first, but she hasn’t put black people first.

Gwen Ifel – PBS
She hosts one of the most intelligent shows on Sunday morning, and she moderates Presidential election debates. She is a no-nonsense personality, and heaven knows, we need more like her; we have enough mental poison peddlers out there.

Jamillah Muhammad – Radio One/
She has risen to through the ranks and built a track record of success in Chicago, Milwaukee, Detroit and Washington, DC.   I have seen her grow from morning show intern to one of the industry’s most important and accomplished Radio Executives. Oh!, and she is a fierce competitor!

Kandi Burris – Kandi Koated Ent
We often wonder what happens to artist after their group broke up or what’s next.   Kandi is an artist, entrepreneur, reality show star and who has remained relevant through the years.   She was the first African American Female to win the ASCAP’s songwriter of the year, she’s won Grammy’s for hits that she has written for Destiny’s Child and TLC to name a few, she owns a successful clothing boutique, has a weekly webcast and many other accomplishments.   As she says on the Real Housewives of Atlanta “She earned it”!

Kris Kelly – WGCI- APD.
Hard working and deserving of this honor.

Karen Vaughn – APD WZAK/WJMO Cleveland

Karen is a forward-thinking programmer and a personality who’s in a constant state of reinvention.   She knew the power of the internet and harnessed it by fully integrating it into her radio programs years before it became commonplace.

Thea Mitchem – OM/iHeartmedia (formerly Clear Channel) Radio-Washington
Making history in DC as the OM/PD of general market radio stations.

KJ Brooks – Jacksonville PD/MD WSOL

KJ is a really hard worker a does her best everyday to make sure V-101.5 is always on point!

Kelder Summers – Citadel Broadcasting/KMEZ/ Assistant PD Morning Co-Host/News Director
Kelder is an immensely talented pro that has worked in the New Orleans market for over 15 years and continues to grow! In addition to the many titles she already holds, she’s recently added web and online to her resume.

Susan Davenport Austin – Sheridan Broadcasting
Excellent candidate for this contest.

You can cast your vote HERE for “The RFFocus Top 30 Black Women in Media.”

CEO of RF Focus, Radio and Music Industry Veteran. Radio DJ, Programmer, Musician and Voice Talent. Graduated from Performing Arts in Buffalo, N.Y. and worked at the legendary KKBT (92.3 The Beat) during its nationwide heyday in the early 90s. Also worked for Stevie Wonder at KJLH.