Diane Sutter to Receive National Radio Award

Diane Sutter is set to receive the 2023 National Radio Award from the National Association of Broadcasters this fall. The award will be presented at NAB Show New York during the 2023 Marconi Radio Awards Dinner on Oct. 25.

Sutter is the founder and dean of the NAB Leadership Foundation’sBroadcast Leadership Training program.

BLT is a 10-month MBA-style course designed to teach aspiring broadcast owners and senior-level executives — particularly women and people of color — the fundamentals of purchasing, owning and running successful radio and television stations.

“Diane exemplifies the commitment to service that lies at the heart of broadcasting,” said NAB President/CEO Curtis LeGeyt in a press release.

“Her mission to open doors for aspiring station owners, help people reach their full potential and promote purpose-driven operations has propelled our industry to new heights and prepared broadcasters for tomorrow’s challenges,” he said.

Nearly 400 broadcasters have graduated from BLT since its inception 24 years ago. Of those graduates, NAB said more than 70 percent have been promoted one or more times since completing the training. In addition, 59 graduates have owned or currently own broadcast stations, and 10 BLT graduates currently serve on the NAB board of directors.

“It has been a privilege to work alongside Diane to recruit and train the next generation of broadcast leaders that reflects the many voices of the communities we serve,” said NABLF President Michelle Duke in the release.

Sutter, president and CEO of ShootingStar Broadcasting, also serves as a consultant to broadcasters, media companies and financial institutions. She is on the board of directors for Times-Shamrock Communications and has served on the board of directors for JW Broadcasting and the advisory boards for Media Vista Broadcasting and Futuri Media.

Sutter is also a member of the advisory board for the Multicultural Media, Telecom and Internet Council. Previously, she was the chair of the FCC Advisory Committee on Diversity and Digital Empowerment, as well as national president for the Alliance of Women in Media.

In 2009, Sutter was presented with NAB’s Leadership Award at the NAB Show. Other honors include the 2008 Lifetime Achievement Award from MMTC, the Mentoring and Inspiring Women’s 2014 Trailblazer Award and the 2017 Ward Quall Leadership Award from the Broadcasters Foundation of America.

Registration information for the Marconi Radio Awards can be found here.

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