We have the pleasure of introducing the newest member of our Radio Trailblazers’ steering committee, Linda McErlain!
This media gal is a mother of 2 grown boys, a loyal and loving friend, change agent, mentor/coach, aspiring writer, fitness fan, golf flunky, cook, dog-loving optimist.
A few professional firsts …
- 1st place in Long Documentary category for CBS Telefest Awards, 1985 – Producer
- Job out of Radio Television Arts @ Ryerson as Gary Miles’ EA at the Radio Marketing Bureau.
- female radio sales rep at CHFI, 1989
- person to complete the Rogers Sales Manager’s Understudy Program, 2000
- sales manager of The Fan590 for Rogers, 2002
- sales manager to get 680News to the #billing radio station in the country, 2011
- first female VP Sales for Rogers Radio, 2016
Linda launched her career at the Radio Marketing Bureau in 1985, first as Executive Assistant to the President and then Retail Product Manager. Her first commissioned sales job was with Armadale Communications in Hamilton selling CKOC/CKLH. Toronto came calling a little over a year later with a new sales role at Rogers for CHFI. 12 years and 2 kids later, she was promoted to General Sales Manager of the newly acquired (by Rogers) Fan 590. After 3 years, she was promoted to GSM of 680News where the team scaled to number 1 in revenue.
In 2013 Rogers restructure Media Sales and Linda was appointed, VP Agency Lead under the new Rogers One Call banner. More change came under a new CEO in 2014. Her next role was as VP Media Sales, Ontario until returning to Radio full time as VP Radio Sales in early 2016.
Update Feb 2017: THANK YOU! Nominations are now closed. Stay tuned for an announcement of the winner!
Call for nominations!
Do you know a woman achieving success and blazing trails in radio in Canada? Honour her contributions by nominating her for the prestigious Rosalie Award. Please take a few minutes to fill in the 2017 Rosalie Award Nomination form here.
The award recognizes Canadian women who have blazed new trails in radio. Rosalie Award recipients are women who have had successful careers in the radio industry and are seen as leaders, mentors, and people making a difference in our business.
– Leadership Qualities
– Entrepreneurial Spirit
– Spirit of Generosity
Mark your calendars, folks!
What Do Radio Audiences Really Want?
A panel discussion with audience research experts Debra McLaughlin and Jeff Vidler
Tues. Nov. 15th
Allan Slaight Radio Institute, Ryerson University
80 Gould Street
6:00pm: discussion and Q&A
This is a free event. All are welcome.