Application window opens for Broadcast Leadership Training Program

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The NAB Leadership Foundation is now accepting applications for the 2023 Broadcast Leadership Training (BLT) program. Applications are accepted 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.

For sponsorship and speaking opportunities in 2023, please contact Tim Dotson, Senior Director of Development for the NAB Leadership Foundation.

INTRODUCING THE CLASS OF 2021

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 the NAB Foundation President. Michelle Duke noted. “We look forward to watching their careers grow from this success and seeing the positive impacts as diverse new leaders move our industry forward.”

With this class, more than 350 participants have graduated from the program.

The graduates of the 2021 Broadcast Leadership Training Class are:

  • Melissa BegayDirector of Operations, Indigenous Public Media
  • Robert BrooksDigital Solutions Specialist, WHUR-FM in Washington, DC
  • Cathy CangianoSenior Vice President and Market Director, Bonneville – Seattle Media Group
  • Thomas Cipraristation manager, KTMF-23 in Missoula, Mont./Cowles Publishing Company
  • Leon Clarkvice president and general manager, KGTV-10 in Sacramento/The EW Scripps Company
  • Tina CommodoreNews Director, WFTV-9 in Orlando/ Cox Media Group
  • Kate Dotydirector of talent and team development, Morgan Murphy Media
  • Susie Doucette-PyleVice President and General Manager of Sales, KRIV-26 and KTXH-20 at Houston/Fox TV Stations
  • Alfredo DuranPresident and Founder, Duran Media Management Services
  • Blanca Esparza-Papstation manager, KPHO-5 and KTVK-3/Phoenix
  • Marianne FerroRegional Vice President, Director of Sales – National Sales, Univision Communications
  • Andrew Donsstation manager and sales manager, KMSS-33 in Shreveport, Louisiana (Mission Broadcasting)
  • Ben Hartpresident and general manager, WJCL-22 in Savannah, Ga.
  • Holman CharityStation Manager and General Sales Manager, WVVA-TV in Beckley, Virginia (Gray Television)
  • Andre HolmesVice President, Financial Analysis, Gray Television
  • Kari JacobsPresident and General Manager, WTSP-10 in Tampa
  • Kim ParkerVice President and Chief Financial Officer, Graham Media Group
  • Nicole OvadiaVP/Customer Success, New York Mediaco and Emmis Communications

Sponsors for the 2021 and 2022 programs include 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, TEGNA, Univision Communications and Paramount.


The class of 2022 is currently underway, will compete in the NAB Show in April and graduate in June. For more information about the NAB Leadership Foundation or the BLT program, please visit nabfoundation.org.


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