Mary Berner, President and Chief Executive Officer, Cumulus Media, Inc. to Serve as Country Radio Seminar 2018’s Keynote Conversation

Keynote Conversation sponsored by Parenting Today’s Teens

(Nashville, Tenn. – Jan. 8, 2018)  Mary Berner, President and Chief Executive Officer of Cumulus Media, Inc., will be the spotlight of a keynote conversation at Country Radio Seminar (CRS) 2018Tuesday, February 6 from 3:30 to 4:20, at Omni Nashville. Emmis Communications’ Charlie Morgan will conduct the interview, titled “Radio Today with Cumulus Media’s CEO Mary Berner,” which is sponsored by Parenting Today’s Teens.  

“This new broadcast industry leader joins us with her unique insight and winning view for Radio in 2018,” said Bill Mayne, Executive Director, CRB/CRS. “A ‘must attend’ for this year!”

Berner has served as president and Chief Executive Officer of Cumulus Media Inc., the country’s second largest radio company, since October 2015. 

For over three decades, Berner has led some of the world’s top media companies and brands, building and directing them to deliver strong value, financial performance, and growth. An innovative leader and change management expert who has launched profitable new businesses and developed groundbreaking digital advertising models, Berner has also successfully guided re-focuses or restructurings at several market-leading organizations.  

Under Berner’s leadership, Cumulus has already reversed four years of revenue and listenership declines, and three years of profit declines. While advertisers, artists, and investors have taken notice of this momentum, the media has also recognized Berner’s accomplishments during her Cumulus tenure. She has been included on Billboard’s prestigious “Power 100” list, Billboard’s “Women in Music” power list, named one of The Hollywood Reporter’s 100 most powerful women in entertainment (the only radio executive on that list), and was the highest ranking woman on Radio Ink’s “40 Most Powerful People in Radio” issue.

As a first time guest of CRS, Berner will share her strategies for success and insights into the innovative tactics that have led to Cumulus’ recent success and growth. 

The $699 final registration rate for Country Radio Seminar 2018 is available at  Single-day passes are also being made available.  Single-day passes (limited to two day passes per person) are $200 per pass. In addition, today (Jan. 8) marks the last day to reserve rooms at Omni Nashville.  Single rooms are $259 and double rooms are $269, and only a limited number of rooms are still available. To book a room, please call 1-800-THE-OMNI (1-800-843-6664). 

About Country Radio Seminar: Country Radio Seminar is an annual convention designed to educate and promote the exchange of ideas and business practices in the Country music industry, with specific emphasis on issues relevant to Country radio. Country Radio Seminar 2018 is set for Feb. 5-7, 2018 at the Omni Nashville.

About Cumulus Media:  A leader in the radio broadcasting industry, Cumulus Media (PINK: CMLSQ) combines high-quality local programming with iconic, nationally syndicated media, sports and entertainment brands to deliver premium content choices to the 245 million people reached each week through its 446 owned-and-operated stations broadcasting in 90 US media markets (including eight of the top 10), approximately 8,000 broadcast radio stations affiliated with its Westwood One network and numerous digital channels. Together, the Cumulus/Westwood One platforms make Cumulus Media one of the few media companies that can provide advertisers with national reach and local impact. Cumulus/Westwood One is the exclusive radio broadcast partner to some of the largest brands in sports, entertainment, news, and talk, including the NFL, the NCAA, the Masters, the Olympics, the GRAMMYs, the Academy of Country Music Awards, the American Music Awards, the Billboard Music Awards, Westwood One News, and more. Additionally, it is the nation's leading provider of country music and lifestyle content through its NASH brand, which serves country fans nationwide through radio programming, exclusive digital content, and live events. For more information, visit

About Parenting Today’s Teens: Parenting Today’s Teens with Mark Gregston radio program offers insight and practical wisdom for parents wanting a deeper relationship with their teen. With over 40 years of working with struggling teens and families, Mark Gregston shares his wit and wisdom he has gained from living with over 3,000 struggling teens that spend a year “getting it all together” at Heartlight, a therapeutic boarding school he and his wife founded 27 years ago. The radio program reaches millions of lives every day through a 60-second short feature program and a weekend 30-minute program. Broadcasting on XM and over 1,600 stations daily, the radio program’s influence has increased seven-fold in just five years.  

Mary Berner, President and Chief Executive Officer of Cumulus Media, Inc.