National Association of Broadcasters

August 11, 2009
Zamir Ahmed
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Radio Programming Executives Featured in NAB Radio Show Super Session

WASHINGTON, DC -- The NAB Radio Show will include a session featuring some of the top names in radio programming. Held Thursday, September 24, the "Group PDs Super Session" will provide attendees with advice from leading programming executives on the changes shaping the future of radio.

Session participants include:

Rick Cummings is president of programming at Emmis Communications Corporation and currently serves on the NAB Executive Committee. He joined Emmis Broadcasting in 1981 as program director at WENS-FM, Indianapolis. Cummings became the national program director for Emmis in 1984, and was promoted to executive vice president of programming in 1987. In 2002, Cummings became president of the radio division of Emmis Communications. Prior to joining Emmis, Cummings was a talk show host at WTIC, Hartford and WSMB, New Orleans as well as program director at WNTS, News Talk in Indianapolis.

Jim Farley is vice president of news and programming at WTOP-FM. Prior to that he spent eight years with ABC News in New York as managing editor and general manager of programming at ABC Radio Networks. Farley has also worked for NBC News, where he served as NBC News Vice President of Radio News before NBC Radio Networks was sold in 1987. Additionally, he has taught graduate and undergraduate journalism courses at New York University and Fordham University. Programs on which Farley has been the producer or executive producer have won several major awards, including the Peabody Award, the George Polk Award and the duPont-Columbia Award.

Steve Goldstein is executive vice president of Saga Communications, a broadcasting company comprised of 88 radio stations, nine TV stations, two farm radio networks and three state radio networks. He has been working at Saga since 1986, initially serving as group program director before being promoted to executive vice president in 1988. Prior to joining Saga Communications Goldstein was the youngest news anchor for the ABC Radio Network before beginning his major market programming career at WABC Radio. He has served as Chairman of the Arbitron Advisory Council and is currently involved with several charities focusing on autism.

Gene Romano is executive vice president of programming for Clear Channel Radio, where he oversees the development of programming strategies and initiatives. He has direct oversight of programming strategies in Clear Channel Radio's western region, with responsibilities spanning 80 stations in 12 markets including Los Angeles, San Francisco, Dallas, Houston, Phoenix, San Diego, Denver and Minneapolis. Throughout his tenure at Clear Channel, Romano has overseen programming initiatives for the company's top 20 markets.

Jay Stevens is the senior vice president of programming content for Radio One Inc., the nation's largest radio broadcasting company that targets African American and urban listeners. Steven's early career in radio included working as a programmer for WPGC-FM. From here he was promoted to vice president of programming, overseeing the CBS DC stations as well as the CBS Urban stations. At Radio One, Steven's manages 53 Radio Stations in 15 of the Top 53 African-American Markets.

Cyndee Maxwell (moderator) is the recipient of Nielsen's Gold Award for Excellence from the Nielsen Company and was named one of Radio Ink's Most Influential Women in Radio in 2009. Her career in radio began in 1983, when she joined KRKN in Alaska. During her early years in radio she held a variety of airshifts and management positions, including program director at KWHL. She joined Radio & Records in 1993 as the publication's rock editor and was promoted to vice president of editorial and music operations in 2004. In 2006, Maxwell was named Radio & Record's associate publisher, and in 2007 was promoted to editorial director and associate publisher.

About The NAB Radio Show
The NAB Radio Show is the largest annual convention for radio. This year's show, Sept. 23-25 in Philadelphia, delivers a one-of-a-kind networking opportunity for station professionals representing all format and market sizes.

Online registration is now available for news media reporters interested in covering the NAB Radio Show. Click here for additional information.

About NAB
The National Association of Broadcasters is the premier advocacy association for America's broadcasters. NAB advances radio and television interests in legislative, regulatory and public affairs. Through advocacy, education and innovation, NAB enables broadcasters to best serve their communities, strengthen their businesses and seize new opportunities in the digital age. Learn more at www.nab.org.