Katz Media Group’s Stronger Together council is proud to share D.E.I-focused resources as we move towards embracing a brighter, more inclusive world together.
In this month's Stronger Together issue we celebrate many observances including AAPI Heritage Month, Mental Health Awareness Month, Jewish American Heritage Month, and World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development.
The AAPI, or Asian American and Pacific Islander communities, consists of approximately 50 distinct ethnic groups speaking over 100 Languages and includes people from 75 countries with connections to Chinese, Indian, Japanese, Filipino, Vietnamese, Korean, Hawaiian, and other Asian and Pacific Islander ancestries. Join us in learning more by reading this month's newsletter.
This month's Stronger Together issue recognizes a myriad of observances including National Arab American Heritage, Scottish American Heritage Month and National Autism Acceptance Month. We’re also featuring insights into the Gathering of Nations, and important content to learn more.
Stronger Together is committed is to celebrating all types of diversity at Katz and around the world. Our mission is to ensure everyone is SEEN and HEARD.
This month, Stronger Together celebrates Women’s History Month with weekly infographics, and recognizes a variety of observances in the March newsletter. This issue features International Women’s Day, World Down Syndrome Day, International Transgender Day of Visibility and much more.
Stronger Together is also calling on you to help highlight diversity at Katz by submitting to be a Staff Spotlight newsletter feature.
It's February, and it's Black History Month! Stronger Together is excited to celebrate Black History Month in its February newsletter and weekly infographics. This issue recognizes Black History observances and highlights important Black History content, and relevant definitions.
Happy New Year! Stronger Together is thrilled to be entering 2023 ready to continue its mission of ensuring Katz Media is a diverse, equitable and inclusive workplace.
2022 was a big year for Stronger Together, haven taken several strides towards tackling DEI in our pillars of Education, Recruitment and Accountability. We’d like to take a moment to acknowledge the council’s commitment to our mission in this January newsletter by sharing our Stronger Together Year in Review for 2022.
Due to the stressful nature of the holiday season, the Stronger Together December newsletter is focused on National Stress-Free Family Holidays Month and Mental Health. Humans Rights Day and International Day of Persons with Disabilities also fall in December, both of which are being recognized within this month’s content.
Stronger Together believes in celebrating diversity in the workplace, especially during the holiday season, it is the key to creating a positive, inclusive, and equitable culture. Between November 1st and January 15th there are over 29 holidays observed by the world’s major religions. No matter what holiday you are celebrating, Stronger Together wants to wish the entire Katz Media staff a very happy holiday.
Stronger Together would like to say thank you to the entire Katz Media staff for supporting the council’s work and mission. We look forward to continuing the mission of ensuring Katz Media is a diverse, equitable and inclusive workplace in 2023 and beyond.
The November newsletter is here and is highlighting a variety of happenings this month. November is Native American Heritage Month. The month also recognizes Veterans Day and World Kindness Day, an international observance that promotes the importance of being kind.
This newsletter also includes some important details about the Employee Assistance Program (EAP). Click on the November Newsletter to learn more about the ways the EAP can be a resource to you.
This month there is so much to recognize. October is LGBTQIA+ History Month. In addition to newsletter content, the Stronger Together LGBTQIA+ History Month infographics will give you tons of content highlighting the LGBTQIA+ community and history, so be on the lookout for infographics in your email.
It is also Down Syndrome Awareness Month, Dyslexia Awareness Month, Italian-American Heritage Month and National Polish American Heritage Month, so we’ve included a variety of impactful content around all four.
September kicks-off Hispanic Heritage Month! This month’s newsletter is filled with details and content in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, which runs from mid-September through mid-October. The Stronger Together Hispanic Heritage Month infographics will hit your email box in a couple of weeks. Be sure to check them out to learn more about Hispanic history, trailblazers, leaders and more.
It is also Self-Improvement Month, National Recovery Month and National Suicide Awareness Month, so we’ve included background on all three, as well as a variety of impactful content and supportive resources.
August is filled with positive observances, which is why this month’s Stronger Together newsletter is themed Be Kind. This newsletter highlights special observances, and encourages meaningful action around "being kind" to others and ourselves, including the use of your Spirt Day.
The August newsletter also recognizes International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples, Women’s Equality Day and features content and resources including the new Suicide & Crisis Lifeline – because being kind to ourselves includes acknowledging the importance of Mental Health.
Strong Together hopes this month’s newsletter inspires you and acts as a reminder that a diverse, equitable and inclusive environment starts with being kind.
Stronger Together is recognizing Disability Pride Month this July! This month’s Stronger Together newsletter features background on Disability Pride Month as well as relevant content, definitions and resources. A reminder that Disability Pride Month is a great opportunity to use your Spirt Day in support of this month-long observance.
The July newsletter also recognizes the 58th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Stronger Together’s work exemplifies what the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was intended to do, so we encourage you to read and learn more about the law and how it transformed American History. impactful content and supportive resources.
June is a month filled with observances. This month’s Stronger Together newsletter features so much to celebrate including Juneteenth, Pride Month, Caribbean-American Heritage Month and African American Music Appreciation Month. We’ve included a ton of content for you to learn and share!
After a positive reception of last’s month newsletter, Stronger Together will also start sharing more content and resources around Mental Health, starting with National PTSD Awareness Day which is June 27th.
It's May, and this month Stronger Together celebrates Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month as well as Mental Health Awareness Month. This issue includes some background and content on both, and current news that is related to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Strong Together’s April Newsletter is filled with things to celebrate and recognize. April is Scottish and Arab American Heritage month, which is highlighted in this issue. April is also National Autism Acceptance Month, so we’ve include some background, resources and content about Autism, as well as a special Staff Spotlight.
Learn more about all the observations in April as well as what’s happening in current news that is related to diversity, equity and inclusion.
Stronger Together is excited to celebrate Women’s History in this month’s newsletter. This issue features info about the origin of Women’s History Month as well as International Women’s Day, which was observed on March 8th. We’ve also included some women-focused current events, content for you to watch, listen and read, and a spotlight of one of Katz’s own women trailblazers.
In addition to Women’s History Month, this issue also acknowledges Irish American Heritage Month and St. Patrick’s Day.
Stronger Together is excited to celebrate Black History Month in this month’s newsletter! This issue features info about the origin of Black History Month as well as National Freedom Day, which was observed on February 1st. We’ve include a variety of Black History focused educational content for you to watch, listen and read, as well as a Black Business Guide.
In addition to Black History Month, this issue also acknowledges the Lunar New Year, which was February 1st.
This month marks a year since the inception of the Stronger Together newsletter. Stronger Together is thrilled to be a source of education on the topic of diversity, equity and inclusion and looks forward to continuing sharing important information along our mission journey. To recognize the ST newsletter anniversary, we are again looking for Change Agents! Click the newsletter for more details on the Stronger Together Change Agent Award.
In addition to our newsletter milestone, this month celebrates Dr. Martin Luther King Day and recognizes International Holocaust Remembrance Day. We’ve included content around both days, including “12 Years That Shook the World,” a podcast that explores stories in Holocaust history.
We also have a special content feature of the 1962 children's picture book by author and illustrator Ezra Jack Keats The Snowy Day. The Snowy Day – published during the civil rights movement – was acclaimed for featuring a Black child as its main character. The book won the 1963 Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished picture book for children. Keats is best known for introducing multiculturalism into mainstream American children's literature.
With the holidays upon us, Stronger Together wants to remind you that mindfulness is important in all aspects of our lives, from coping with stress to interacting with others. We kick-off this month’s newsletter theme of ‘Season of Mindfulness’ with a stat about the diversity of the holiday season.
To help be mindful of your mental health during this crazy time of the year, we’ve also included a variety of content and resources for decompressing, including Tips to Destress During the Holiday.
And as the year comes to a close, we would like to say thank you to the entire Katz Media staff for supporting Stronger Together’s work and mission. This year is just the first of many as we continue to lead Katz Media on its journey toward a more diverse, equitable, inclusive, and mindful workplace.
This month, as we celebrate the spirit of giving, Stronger Together felt it important to also highlight kindness. Kindness is the quality of being friendly, generous, and considerate; something that can be achieved through the simplest of actions.
To encourage kindness in all parts of our lives, our November newsletter offers a variety of content around ways to be kind.
We are also recognizing Native American Heritage Month, as well as Veteran’s Day.
This month Stronger Together is celebrating LGBTQIA+ History Month! To recognize LGBTQIA+ History, we’ve included some background, a video about the History of LGBTQIA+ and definitions and resources about what it means to be an ally to the LGBTQIA+ community.
We’re also recognizing Italian-American Heritage Month, Dyslexia Awareness Month, Down Syndrome Awareness and Indigenous Peoples’ Day.
This month Stronger Together is celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month! To recognize Hispanic contribution to American culture and media, our September issue highlights Katz Multicultural, its history and the impact its making in the industry. We’ve even included a link to the Katz Multicultural general presentation and relevant content to help you learn more about Hispanic culture.
We’re also recognizing National Suicide Awareness Month and the anniversary of September 11th. Learn more about both and Hispanic Heritage Month in this latest issue of the Stronger Together Newsletter
In the spirit of support and advocacy, Stronger Together has dedicated this month’s newsletter to Allyship.
Our August newsletter highlights some key definitions and engaging content to keep you informed and educated about what it means to be an ally, including understanding the importance and use of Personal Gender Pronouns (PGPs). We’ve included tons of content around PGPs to prepare you for the rollout of Katz’s new customized signatures, coming soon!
We’re also recognizing occasions happening this month including Women's Equality Day and International Day of the World’s Indigenous People.
It’s been nearly a year since Stronger Together’s inception. Although we have much work to continue doing, we’d like to use this July newsletter to share a bit about who we are, what we’ve done, and what’s to come.
In addition to an update, this newsletter also highlights some insights from the DEI survey Katz staff participated in back in March, which garnered 75% staff participation.
Stronger Together thanks all those who continue to support by engaging with content, providing feedback, and sharing the mission.
Stronger Together is proud to share our June newsletter where we celebrate and honor PRIDE, Juneteenth, Caribbean-American Heritage, and African American Music Appreciation Month.
Highlights this month in our Content Club include the podcast: LGTBQ & A which features weekly interviews with the LGBTQIA+ community, an interview with journalist and activist George M. Johnson, and the documentary film executive produced by Lebron James, Dreamland: The Burning of Black Wall Street.
The Stronger Together Council invites you to engage with the May edition of the Stronger Together Newsletter.
May is Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month in the United States. AAPI heritage month is a celebration of the accomplishments of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in U.S. society and culture; commemorating and celebrating the vital role and significant contributions of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in American history and today.
In addition to the recognition of the AAPI community, May is Mental Health Awareness Month.
Stronger together is proud to share with your our April newsletter where we embraced National Volunteer week with an overall theme to “Spring into Action.”
Highlights this month include, sharing the podcast: Impact Boom, whose stated mission is to “search the globe to find the people, stories and inspiration to help you create maximum positive impact,” as well as sharing a non-profit charity directory to help you find something you are passionate about to volunteer for and help support.
April is also National Autism Awareness month and our DEI tool kits includes neurodiversity.
The toolkit also includes the definition of AAPI as a preface for our May Newsletter celebrating AAPI Heritage Month. Stronger Together will be celebrating by sharing weekly infographics and our monthly newsletter, so we’ve included in our content club this month, “8 Actions You Can Take to Help Fight Violence Against Asian Americans.”
We are proud to share with you our March Stronger Together Newsletter, where our celebration of Women’s History Month continues!
Highlights include content club recommendations that feature material you can read, watch and listen to, such as the Women at Work Podcast and also be sure to checkout the female owned business directory.
We are proud to share with you our February newsletter, where our celebration of Black History Month continues!
Highlights include learning more about the origin of celebrating Black History Month, a Black Owned Business directory, and content club recommendations that feature content you can read, watch and listen to such as the BBC’s Witness Black History podcast.
At Katz, we are committed to a culture where inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility are valued and respected.
This commitment led us to form Stronger Together, our Katz Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Advisory Council. We have over 35 employees nationwide, across all divisions of Katz Media, participating on our council. The three foundational pillars of the Council are: Accountability, Education, and Recruitment. Each pillar has several meaningful initiatives that they have been developing over the last few months. You will be seeing and hearing about them in the coming weeks and months.
Through the Stronger Together newsletter, the goal is to keep you up to date with the council’s work, as well as share insights and highlight things to celebrate as we continue to move towards embracing a brighter, more inclusive world together. This month’s inaugural newsletter features content honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (D.E.I.) Toolkit explores Unconscious Bias.
Raised in a small town just south of Scranton, PA, I joined Katz Philadelphia as an account coordinator in September of 2022. I received my BA in Journalism and Mass Comm. at Temple University, where I focused on reporting on urban agriculture and nutritional education.
My dad grew up on a farm in Minas Gerais, Southeastern Brazil, where his family kept milk cows, harvested coffee beans, and grew acres of native produce. When he immigrated to the U.S. and started a family, he instilled in me a love for agriculture, a core cultural value, and a curiosity for all things Brazilian.
I live with my cat, espresso machine and many plants in East Falls, Philadelphia, where I often prepare tradition Brazilian meals like feijoada, pão de queijo and pavê de limão. Two semesters of Portuguese and two visits to South America later, I’m still learning about my heritage.
Pão de queijo recipe
Kylie first joined Katz in 2014 and is now the Art Director in the Creative Services department. Her interests are almost exclusively creative and include design, art, music and dance. When Kylie was interning in NYC, she met her future husband, Fayoz. Fayoz is from Uzbekistan and was one of the first deaf people Kylie had ever met. The extent of Kylie’s American Sign Language skills at the time were what she had learned in ASL 101 at college. Thanks to Fayoz, Kylie quickly picked up the language and the two recently celebrated their tenth wedding anniversary! Fayoz has faced significant obstacles on his educational journey and Kylie is so proud of him for earning his Bachelor's Degree in Business Management from BYU-I just this week!
Kylie and Fayoz have four beautiful children ages 8, 6, 2 and 5 months who are all hearing and use ASL at home. The family lives in D.C., which is the center of Deaf culture in the USA, and they enjoy collaborating to develop ASL musical performances. They recently performed a song teaching the ABC’s in ASL at the elementary school’s Multicultural Night. You can see this performance and others on Kylie’s YouTube channel @thehearingwife.
Thirteen years and counting! Brian joined the Katz Radio Group Philadelphia office in July of 2010, armed with an old-school briefcase and a “can do” attitude. After time spent as a Sales Coordinator and Political Coordinator, Brian was given the opportunity to advance into sales in 2014. While he enjoys his role within KRG and takes pride in his work, he found his true calling as a husband and father. Brian was born and raised in Philadelphia and currently lives in the East Falls neighborhood with his wife, Elizabeth, and their two daughters, Charlie and Ella – his real-life bosses!!
I am a proud member of Katz Television Group for 41+ years. My workday includes uploading stations logs, posts, makegoods, Excel spreadsheets, PowerPoint presentations, and much more. I was born in Guyana, South America to Indian ancestors, who, when asked by the British in the 1800s, raised their hands to get on a boat and move from India to Guyana for opportunity. I am proud that they brought their culture with them, because curry is my favorite dish to share with family and friends. I enjoy hiking, riding bicycles with my grandson and vacationing in Key West.
Stronger Together would like to honor the late Nina Chow as this month’s Staff Spotlight. Nina was a beloved member of the Katz family for the past 38 years. Nina was dedicated to the success of Katz Media Group - she worked tirelessly behind the scenes, supporting every division in the company. For those that were fortunate to work with her daily, Nina was known for her astute insights, attention to detail, and quick wit. She began her career at Katz as a sales assistant. After numerous promotions, she became our Senior Vice President of Business Systems. Nina leaves behind her husband, Jeff, and four children, Kaitlin, Kylie, Brandon, and Dylan - all of whom were her pride and joy. She will be dearly missed.
Leslie Leventman joined Katz in 2014 to oversee the Creative Services Department, and was immediately impressed by its inclusive culture. Leslie’s first assignment was to spearhead the company’s rebrand initiative. During Leslie’s time at Katz, she has expanded her role, working across every division of the organization. In addition, she has developed an award-winning team, responsible for the branding and design of sales and marketing materials for Katz Digital Audio and Digital Video, Katz Multicultural, KRG, KTG, as well as Stronger Together. Prior to joining Katz, Leslie was EVP of Creative Services and Special Events at MTV Networks, a division of Viacom, where she worked for 30 years, launching, and marketing its portfolio of brands, worldwide. Leslie is a founding member of MTV. She is a strong advocate that uniting diverse perspectives enhances creativity. This has been a major theme throughout Leslie’s career. In her spare time, Leslie loves listening to all genres of music, swimming (she’s a certified scuba diver), traveling, and spending time with family and friends.
Lori Pridgen, Executive Assistant & Account Coordinator with Eastman Radio NY, has been working at Katz for 23 years. She began her career in CIS, next moved onto a role in corporate, and finally landed at Eastman. A Queens, NY resident, Lori likes spending time with family, especially her son, Darius, and Freddy the dog. She also enjoys volunteering with the New York Junior League on the Cancer Awareness and Support committee, as well as helping with family history at church.
Nana Kofi Dadson has been with Katz as the Associate Manager of Creative Marketing since the fall of 2021. Before Katz, he specialized in experiential marketing, social media marketing, journalism, and more at companies like the LA Clippers, Living Spaces Furniture, and TMZ. Kofi enjoys spending time with his wife and dog, loves music, and has a deep passion for equal representation in media. He looks forward to learning from and growing with the amazing team at Katz Media.
Alyson Lerner, Director of Sales and Team Manager, has been working at Katz for 21 years. She began her career as an assistant at Eagle, was a research analyst, and was promoted into sales in 2004. She was then promoted to Team Manager and Director of Sales in 2017 and works exclusively with the Hearst Television properties. Alyson is married and has two sons, Spencer and Shane, and they live on Long Island. She spends her weekends watching their sporting activities: basketball, lacrosse, football, and baseball. She recently learned to play Canasta.
David Morganlander has been working at Katz since August 2014 as VP of Sales in the NYC Christal office. He’s been an audio media specialist for over 20 years in the industry, beginning as a research assistant before moving into national sales. David is getting married this month to his long-term partner, Gary, on October28th. David enjoys travel and theater; he is a foodie and is also currently overly excited by his new mini Whoodle puppy, Callie. He currently resides on the Upper West Side in Manhattan, NY.
Monica Moraca, Payroll Manager, will be celebrating 25 years with Katz Media Group this October. She began her career as a Payroll Assistant and was promoted to Payroll Manager in 2001. Over the years, Monica has worked closely with the Human Resource department and has recently taken on additional responsibilities to further assist the needs of our employees across Katz Media. Monica enjoys spending time with family and friends, reading, writing, and visiting antique shops across different states. She recently adopted & co-parents a two-year-old chocolate Lab/Vizsla named Cash. Monica chose his name while touring the Johnny Cash Museum in Nashville.
Yomaira has been working at Katz since January 2022 as an HR Generalist, reporting to Susie DeFrancis in our NYC office. She supports Katz as well as a few iHeartMedia departments providing guidance, support, and coordination of HR policies, procedures, and practices of the Human Resources department. Prior to Katz Media, Yomaira gained HR experience working at companies such as Hearts & Science and Criteo. Yomaira is a people person who enjoys watching anime and reading manga in her spare time. She currently resides in North Bergen, NJ.
Ande LaFebre is VP/Director of Activation. She joined Katz in 1999 as an assistant in the Marketing department. While in Marketing, Ande learned the buying and scheduling side of radio, while also executing multi-layered promotional campaigns. Since her interests were more in execution than in sales, Ande moved over to manage the Activation group when the position became available. She’s been running Activation ever since, 14 years and counting!
PJ Stack has worked at Katz since 2010, when he started at Eagle Television assisting with political. In 2012, he was promoted to Account Executive, and over the course of his career has worked with Nexstar, Sinclair and Hearst broadcasting companies. In 2020, PJ moved over to Katz Digital Video, pursuing new business for our Katz OTT and Katz Live platforms. Over the last 12 years at Katz, PJ has had the pleasure of working with some of the best people in the business. He lives in Long Island with his wife, Mary, and son, Nolan.
Joey Gangi started his career at Katz Atlanta in 2004 after a few years in Savannah, Georgia working at a TV station. During his interview with Katz, he had a feeling that it this was the right place for him. Joey has been with Katz18 years since, and is still as thankful and proud to be part of the Katz family as the day he started. Joey appreciates the opportunity to work with talented coworkers and says it guides him and pushes him to grow in our business.
Emil Jensen Perez is a Junior Desktop Support Technician with the CIS Helpdesk. Emil started as an intern with Katz and was hired fulltime in 2019 after attending Adelphi University and Westchester Community College. Emil further credits his skill development to the Southern Westchester BOCES. Emil has managed his Autism/Asperger's through determination and support from his mom. His mother encouraged him to keep going, reminding him he was capable of “doing more.” In addition, the White Plains Education Training Center strengthened his skills and confidence enabling him to successfully transition to the workplace. Emil enjoys Comic Con, video games and anime.
Christine Travaglini is President of Katz Radio Group. As President, she drives the overall business development and strategy of Katz Radio Group’s 14 regional offices. Before her role as President, Christine served for over ten years as President of Christal Radio, a division within Katz. Prior to, she served as SVP and General Sales Manager for Christal for five years. Christine began her career with Katz as a sales coordinator in the Atlanta office. She was the first person to rise from an assistant to a division president within the organization, and the first woman ever appointed as President of Katz Radio Group
Edward Clay has been with Katz Media for 21 years. He started at Christal NY as a sales assistant for 9 years, and then transitioned to his current position as a CIS Helpdesk Business Analyst. Edward–along with his team–supports the day-to-day applications used by reps and stations. He also takes on the training for those same applications. Edward enjoys spending time with his family and friends, cooking, traveling, physical fitness, motorcycles and sports.
Lisa Chiljean is Director of Hispanic Strategy and Analytics for the Katz Radio Group. She began her career as a sales assistant in New York and soon moved into a Research position. In her more than 30 years with Katz, she has worked across a variety of divisions including spot sales for Katz Radio, unwired sales and business development for the Katz Radio Group, CIS where she worked as Project Manager, Univision National Sales, and most recently has helped build the Katz Multicultural team for the Katz Radio Group. In her free time, she and her husband enjoy spending time with family and friends and relaxing on Long Island’s south shore beaches.
Diandra Hines brings 15 years of experience in media to Katz as an Account Executive. Starting her career at FOX 5 in NY, she went on to hold several positions during her 7-yeartenure at Viacom managing over $75 million in ads and sponsorships each year. She leads with purpose as Board VP of NAMIC managing several committees which include programming, marketing, membership, and university relations by creating, promoting, and sponsoring programs for members. As Co-Chair of Stronger Together’s Accountability Pillar she helps senior leaders create DEI goals and manages timelines. She’s recently been enlisted to join iHeart Media’s ERG Council. As a first generation American of Caribbean descent, Diandra believes that diversity is a business imperative and is committed to creating a media industry reflective of the world in which we live.
Curize has maneuvered through the media industry, starting her career as a promotions intern at a local NYC radio station. She has held several positions in local radio including promotions manager and later worked in digital publishing as an ad product marketer. She joined Katz Radio Group as Creative Director in 2015 and was promoted to VP, Creative Marketing in 2021. As VP, Creative Marketing Curize leads creative and ad sales marketing efforts in support of Partnerships business development. Curize was recognized in 2017 when she was featured in Radio Ink Magazine as one of Radio’s Future Black Leaders. She is also Co-Chair of Stronger Together’sEducation pillar. As a Co-Chair she helps lead the council’s DEI education efforts by managing content creation, curation, and distribution.
Tyler Larrabee has been with Katz Media for nearly 6 years. He started in 2016 as a Sales Coordinator in Dallas, winning several coordinator awards including Coordinator of the Year in 2017. In 2018, Tyler was promoted to Project Manager for the KRG Partnerships team. As Project Manager he works with DJs across the nation to facilitate influencer campaigns for brands such as T-Mobile, Container Store and Reliant. In his free time, Tyler is a homebody. He enjoys quiet nights at home or at a friend’s place, playing games and watching movies. He is also an avid gymnastics follower-having been a gymnast growing up, and he can still do splits!
Rick Ramos currently serves as the Senior VP of Multicultural Partnerships at Katz Multicultural. His extensive career includes NY Sales Manager of Katz Hispanic Media; VP Regional Sales Manager of HBC National Sales; VP of Univision National Sales; and SVP, Director of Sales for Business Development at Eastman Radio. Throughout his career, Rick has been nominated multiple times for the Marketer of the Year Award, along with many other recognitions. He has worked with many of the top Hispanic radio companies including Univision Radio, SBS and Entravision. Outside of the office, Rick is an active member of the Hispanic Audio Coalition and the RAB Multicultural Committee. He enjoys spending time with his family at many of the parks, beaches, and boardwalks of the Garden State.
Bryan Forbes has recently re-joined Katz as the President of Audacy National Sales. He has over 20 years of experience in radio sales, management, and leadership. Prior to being President of Network and National Sales for Westwood One and Cumulus Media, Bryan served many roles at Katz, from AE, to DOS and GM of our Cumulus National team. He also spent time as the National Sales Manager for Emmis in NYC. Bryan was born and raised in Worcester, Massachusetts and moved to NYC shortly after graduating from UMass, Amherst with Bachelor’s degrees in Business Management and Marketing. He is a proud dad of two sons who keep him busy when not working. He loves to cook, golf, ski and snowboard – and if you follow him on Instagram you know his passion is fishing – and the biggest fish to date was a gigantic675-pound Bluefin Tuna!
Danielle Celestin started at Katz in 2018 as a sales assistant with Katz Television Group. Curious about the marketing side of the business, she moved to the Strategy, Analytics and Research Team, where she helped create website content, email marketing and social media materials as Marketing Coordinator. In 2020, she was named Creative Services and Marketing Coordinator when she joined the Creative Services Team. She is responsible for curating social media content for Katz, aiding in the strategic marketing efforts for the Katz businesses, and overseeing activity within the HubSpot content marketing platform, among other things. In her free time, Danielle likes to exercise by running and weightlifting, trying out new cooking recipes, building/crafting something she saw on HGTV or hanging out with friends and family. She is also proud of her Haitian heritage and enjoys sharing stories and a good traditional meal with her family.
Donivon Fletcher began his career at Katz TV Group in2016 as a Sales Assistant in Dallas. After receiving the Sales Support Award in four consecutive quarters, he was promoted to Account Executive on Team Millennium National in late 2017. As a Black member of the LGBTQIA+ community, Donivon has an innate desire to aid in the creation of a society that is equitable and just for everyone. That desire motivated him to complete a Master of Liberal Studies degree with a concentration in Human Rights and Social Justice in 2017 and encouraged him to join the Katz Stronger Together DEI Advisory Council in 2020. He is honored to serve as the co-chair of the council’s Recruitment pillar and is committed to helping Katz attain its goal of engendering a more inclusive work environment. Donivon maintained his sanity during quarantine by chipping away at his “to be read” list, re-watching every episode of RuPaul’s Drag Race, and taking daily walks with his partner, Michael, and their dog, Midnight.
Adrienne began her career at Katz in 2000as an assistant for the Continental Television Division. Her passion for multicultural sales led her to a sales position with the Katz Hispanic Radio Division the next year. This opportunity gave way to a transfer from the Dallas office to the New York office in 2005. She jumped on the chance as it would be the first time she lived outside of Texas. Her experience in New York was a very different one from Dallas in that there is a large Filipino community in NYC. Adrienne is proud to be a first generation Filipino-American. Her parents immigrated from the Philippines in the early 1970s with her mother securing a H1B Visa as a nurse, and her father through his parent’s Green Card. Adrienne encourages her parents to speak to her son in their native Tagalog/Cebuano/Ilonggo dialect. She notes there are actually 170 Philippine dialects. Adrienne is a one-time half-marathoner, a new Peloton enthusiast, and an avid old blues/jazz fan who loves to sing
Nisha Lalchandani is currently a Human Resources Manager for both Katz Media Group and iHeartMedia. She began her career with Katz as a Marketing Coordinator for Katz Radio Group before leaving to earn her Master’s in Human Resources from Pace University. She then returned to Katz in July 2015, taking on a Coordinator role within Katz’s Human Resources department. In September 2019, Nisha started supporting several groups for iHeartMedia in addition to her Katz responsibilities. She has excelled at managing projects and events for employee engagement and morale building and she’s grown the Katz Summer Internship Program to be a training ground for junior talent for our company. Nisha is a huge DEI advocate and great resource for both our current and prospective employees.
Kerry McFeetors is a Senior Vice President, General Sales Manager for the Katz Radio Group. She began her career as a salesperson at Katz Radio NY, managed our San Francisco and then NY office. Later, she became the General Sales Manager for Katz Radio, and eventually for the entire Katz Radio Group. Kerry is proud to be a member of the Alliance for Women in Media, a board member of the Council for Women of Boston College, on the Executive Committee, and a founding member of Katz Media’s Diversity Equity and Inclusion Council, Stronger Together. She is a passionate DEI advocate, and we are thrilled to have her lead the charge overseeing Stronger Together and its important work.
Denise Galiber is a Director of Sales, at Katz TV, on the Hearst team. She has spent her entire career in the local media community, beginning as a Sales Assistant before moving to media buying and local station sales. Denise joined Katz 19 years ago as an Account Executive, and she was later promoted to her current role as DOS. She believes that The Stronger Together Council offers a tremendous opportunity to help make a difference. As co-chair of the Accountability Pillar, she looks forward to being a part of the solution. “We can’t become what we need to be by remaining what we are.”-Oprah Winfrey
Rich’s Katz career started 21 years ago as a sales assistant before graduating the training program to become an Account Executive and then promoted to his current role as Vice President/Manager of Katz Radio. He’s honored to serve on the Executive Committee of Katz Media’s Diversity Equity and Inclusion Council, Stronger Together. As a founding member of Stronger Together, Rich is focused on the overall success of DEI at Katz Media with emphasis on recruitment.