BMI and RAB Present 2nd Radio Sales Minority Scholarship Program

Posted in News on November 12, 2002

Applications for the second FastStart to Radio Sales Success Minority Scholarship program from the Radio Advertising Bureau (RAB) and BMI are being accepted now through January 17, 2003. A total of 25 minority scholarships will be awarded for a full session of intense sales training at the RAB Radio Training Academy in Dallas, Texas during 2003.

A Scholarship Selection Committee of 21 Radio industry professionals will review the applications. Scholarships will be awarded based on serveral criteria including ethnicity of applicant, overall need, applicant’s enthusiasm toward a career in radio sales and recommendations from professional associates.

Candidates may apply online at or by calling RAB's Member Services at 800-232-3131 to request a faxed copy. Recipients will be announced at RAB2003, the Radio Sales Management & Leadership Conference at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in New Orleans, which will be held January 30 through February 2.

“I am delighted that BMI will once again make this very important minority scholarship program a reality,” noted Gary Fries, President and Chief Executive Officer of the RAB. "Through their generous sponsorship, BMI continues to help create a more diverse industry and to support minorities by giving these future industry leaders the best possible start."

“BMI is proud to team up with the RAB again to sponsor the FastStart Minority Scholarship program for radio's top minority sales executives,” said John Shaker, Senior Vice President, Licensing at BMI. “In its first year, the FastStart program helped grow local Radio sales and provided valuable training for 25 talented and dedicated sales executives. It has been a win-win situation for everyone involved."

The RAB Radio Training Academy provides on-site training and sales marketing skills that allow new salespeople to accelerate their early progress and build a foundation for long-term success in the radio industry. Classroom and interactive sessions last a full week, but the actual training experience continues long after with ongoing faculty-student contact, periodic appraisals, and additional opportunities for advanced training after graduation.

The Radio Advertising Bureau (RAB) is the sales and marketing arm of the radio industry with more than 5,000 member stations in the U.S. and over 900 additional members in networks, representative firms, sales and international organizations.