Women in broadcasting ownership

Ted Larsen tlmedia@triad.rr.com
Fri Aug 12 07:39:46 EDT 2011

I hope I'm not going too far off-point, but the legendary Music Director of 
WNEW, Gertie Katzman
is worthy of mention. When I lived in the Big Apple the air staff would 
often give her credit for
finding a special record just for their show.

I believe she also worked for WIP, Philly and later became a record 

If any of you know more I love to know.


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Doug Drown" <vzeej5wn@myfairpoint.net>
To: <boston-radio-interest@bostonradio.org>; "Dan.Strassberg" 
Sent: Thursday, August 11, 2011 11:28 PM
Subject: Re: Women in broadcasting ownership

> Indeed. And then there was Ruth Meyer, the legendary former PD of WMCA, 
> WHN and WNEW in New York, who died early this year. Like the late Mac 
> Richmond, Miss Meyer had an instinct for knowing what constituted great 
> radio. -Doug
> On Thu, 11 Aug 2011 22:51:52 -0400, "Dan.Strassberg"  wrote:
> I don't remember her name, but (Kathy <something>), the CEO of Radio
>> One, which owns a bunch of stations, is a woman--an African-American
>> woman, at that. And in its heyday, wasn't the legendary WDIA Memphis
>> owned by a woman? I also wonder how many names you might turn up if
>> you were to Google "women owners of US radio stations past and
>> present."
>> I suppose that being the general manager of a hightly successful
>> independent station in market #1 in the 1940s doesn't really count in
>> the ownership category because I don't know how large her ownership
>> stake (if any) was, but in the '40s, Bernice (Tudi) Judis was, I
>> believe, PD, and eventually GM, of the legendary WNEW (AM) in New York
>> City. She is credited with originating the music-and-news format, with
>> which WNEW competed very effectively against the major-network O&Os of
>> the day.
>> I don't know whether Ms Judis's life story has ever been turned into a
>> book, and if it hasn't, it may be too late to write such a book, since
>> Ms Judis and nearly all of the many show-biz legends who often paid
>> homage to her are also long gone, but if no such book was ever written
>> and Donna wanted to write another potential best-seller, a biography
>> of Ms Judis would seem to be an excellent candidate. If the book
>> turned out well, I can even imagine it being turned into a movie
>> staring, say, Meryl Streep;>)
>> -----
>> Dan Strassberg (dan.strassberg@att.net)
>> eFax 1-707-215-6367
>> ----- Original Message ----- From: "Doug Drown" 
>> <vzeej5wn@myfairpoint.net>
>> To: <boston-radio-interest@BostonRadio.org>
>> Sent: Thursday, August 11, 2011 5:52 PM
>> Subject: Women in broadcasting ownership
>> > Here's an interesting question for everyone on the Board: Who can
>> > come up with names of women who have owned broadcasting stations?
>> > This occurred to me this morning. I can think of two off the top of
>> > my head: Katharine Graham, obviously, of Post-Newsweek; and Helen
>> > Sloane Dudman and daughter Martha, who for years owned WDEA and WWMJ
>> > in Ellsworth, Maine. Beyond them, I'm scratching my head trying to
>> > think of others. -Doug
>> >
>> >

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