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FUTURE AFRICAN AMERICAN LEADERS IN RADIO

Now in its eighth year, our Future African American Leaders in Radio list includes people from every aspect of the business and from all over the country. Every member of this list was nominated by a respected peer and voted on by a panel of experienced managers across the industry. Each nominee responded to an extended Radio Ink questionnaire that asked them about their passion for the radio industry, their goals, how they became successful, and what advice they have for young broadcasters looking to break into radio.

Radio Ink is pleased and proud to present the 2020 Future African American Leaders in Radio.

ISAIAH BRYANT

Director of Advertising Sales, Marketing & Promotions American Urban Radio Networks New York

“I remember growing up listening to the radio on drives with my father. We would listen to our local Sports station and discuss what was happening. Those intimate moments still resonate with me.”

Isaiah Bryant tells Radio Ink he’s passionate about the radio industry for two reasons. “I enjoy the people I work with, and the relationships I’ve built are ones I hold dear. Secondly, radio speaks to me in a way other media does not.”

His advice to the next generation of broadcasters: success is never final, and failure is never fatal. It’s your courage through both that counts. “I have this message on a plaque in my office. I see it every day, and it continues to motivate me to never settle.”

BRITTANY FAISON

Insights Manager Westwood One

“Unfortunately, in recent years the radio industry has become undervalued. I feel it stems from people not understanding the impact radio has. For example, your favorite artist hit number one on the charts? That wouldn’t be possible without radio. I can truly respect the powerhouse entity that radio has been and still is.”

Brittany Faison says her inquisitive nature has helped her achieve success in this business. “It drives me to want to know more, figure things out by myself, and try new experiences. One of my favorite quotes from Zora Neale Hurston is ‘Research is formalized curiosity. It is poking and prodding with a purpose.’ So having a career in media research is a natural fit for me.

“I know this might sound cheesy, but I completely relate to it: when you love what you do, success is one of the byproducts. Still, I can’t take all the credit myself — I’ve been lucky enough to have amazing co-workers to help me navigate the radio industry and the media research field.”

Faison’s advice to

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