April 17th, 2017 by Ed Ryan (RadioInk.com)

One of the many features Radio Ink has become known for is its world-famous lists — like the 40 Most Powerful People in Radio, the Most Influential Women in Radio, and the Best Program Directors in America, just to name a few. In 2017, for the first time in many years, we are launching a brand-new list. And we let you, the readers, decide who deserves to be on it.

Voting took place at radioink.com over three weeks, and you broke the Internet (well, maybe you put a dent in its side panel). Thousands of votes were cast, and thousands of comments were made about those you nominated. We ranked and updated the standings every day, which brought a massive amount of traffic to our website and led to even more voting.

Who are Radio’s Top 20 Leaders? They are the people in the radio industry whose employees love working for them, and they are the people everyone wants to work for. They may not always be the executives getting all the daily trade press recognition, but you can be sure they are behind the scenes, making this industry tick. You know them. Many of you are working for them now. They are the people who know how to motivate their teams to success. They are winning at sales, programming, and management. Have they even climbed a tower or two? Probably!

They are relentless in what they do, and they do not fail. They hire the best people, give them the tools and training to succeed, then get out of their way. They are developing radio’s next layer of leaders. They are the most positive people in radio, and still excited to be in the industry they love. They are the people who take the time to mentor others and have a positive and lasting impact on the careers of their colleagues. They give time back to the radio industry to help it grow.

Our list of Radio’s Top 20 Leaders was created by you, the rank and file, the foot soldiers working the business every day. We set only a few rules before the voting on our website began, then let you have at it. They were: The person must be active in radio today and have at least five years of experience in the industry. Nominations could come from any department of a radio station or cluster. And executives who were on our most recent 40 Most Powerful People in Radio list could not be nominated for this list.

Once the list was decided,  we interviewed all 20 leaders, and then turned to the business of helping you. We picked their brains and asked them about leadership, how they achieved their level of success, what advice they have for others, and their opinion on the current leadership in the radio industry today. This issue, in addition to recognizing 20 great people, is one of the strongest training manuals you will come across in your career. Imagine having 20 of radio’s strongest leaders in one room and picking their brains for hours. This issue does that for you. And they were all a joy to interview.

HERE ARE RADIO’S BEST LEADERS FOR 2017…Ed Levine featured in top 20! Click the link below to view the article.

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