Audio’s 30 Under 30 Revealed

Edison Research RAIN News 30 Under 30Press Release From Edison Research:

Edison Research and RAIN News has announced the honorees from their 2014 search for “Audio’s 30 Under 30.” The list highlights thirty promising and accomplished young men and women representing the next generation of radio and audio.

In addition to talented hosts and programmers, honorees range from Clear Channel’s Vice President of Artist Relations to 121cast’s Co-founder & CEO. Among the youngest on the list: Zach Sang, the 21 year old host of nationally syndicated Top 40 Night Show Zach Sang and The Gang.

Edison President Larry Rosin says, “The 2104 list of future leaders in the audio industry truly reflects the diversity of our world today. We have young people representing almost every facet of the audio industry. From Broadcast to Online, entrepreneurs and successful executives at large legacy companies, programmers and air talents everything in between. Knowing that such fantastic young talent is now in the world of audio should make us optimistic for the future.”

All “Audio’s 30 Under 30” honorees received free registration to The RAIN Summit Indy and were honored at the event on September 9th. To learn more about the individual stories of each 2014 honorees visit

Edison first introduced the “30 Under 30” concept to radio with international searches for talented young broadcasters in 2007. Honorees had to be no older than 30-years-old as of September 9, 2014, and may not have been previously recognized.

Brad Hill, VP and Managing Editor of RAIN News says, “RAIN News is proud to be part of 30 Under 30. Reading the accomplishments and talents of these 30 outstanding young professionals is invigorating. It is wonderful to see passion for the medium inspiring new generations. Onward and upward!”


Adéllyn Polomski – Director, Artist Relations and Promotions / Clear Channel

Amy Cherry – Assistant News Director / 1150 AM WDEL

Collin R. Jones – Director of M&A, Corporate Development & Strategy / Cumulus Media

Edward Hooper – Co-founder & CEO / 121cast, Inc

Emily Lawrence – Vice President, Mobile & Video Initiatives / CBS Local

Grant Paulsen – Talk-show host and beat reporter / 106.7 The Fan in Washington, DC.

Jack Krawczyk – Director, Product Management / Pandora

Jordan Bernfield – Sportscaster & Host, WGN Radio / 87.7 The Game

Justin Case – Director of Programming & Imaging / Benztown

Kaitlyn Tracy – General Manager / Spring Arbor University Radio

Katherine Larner – Sr. Sales Executive / Pandora Media Inc.

Lux – Afternoon Drive/Assistant Music Director / KPNT 105.7 / The Point Emmis Communications

Maggie Stapleton – Assistant Program Director / Classical KING FM 98.1

Mamie Shepherd – Program Coordinator for Seacrest Studios at Levine Children’s Hospital; On-air Talent at WNKS Kiss 95.1

Marissa Morris – Vice President, Artist Relations / Clear Channel Media + Entertainment

Melony Torres – Asst. Program Director/Music Director/Midday Talent at WRQX 107.3/Cumulus Media

Michael Hermalyn – Vice President / CBS Altitude Group

Nugget – Morning Show Host at 94.1 KTFM San Antonio / Alpha Media

Paul (The Web Guy) Costabile – Host/Personality / iHeartRadio

Ralphie Aversa – Host, “Ralphie Tonight,” WPLJ-FM / Cumulus Media

Remy – Co-Host of The Mason & Remy Show | Mornings on KLOU & Afternoons on 93.7 The Bull in St. Louis / Clear Channel Media & Entertainment

Rick Hall – Program Director / Star 99.1 (New York, NY)

Ruben Perez – Digital Business and Traffic Operations Manager / Univision Communications

Sam Alex – Host, “Taste of Country Nights” / Townsquare Media

Sam Peasley – Director of Digital Media / Bonneville LA

Sean Plater – Deputy General Manager, 96.3 WHUR & The Howard University Radio Network

Stephen Valenta – Director of Operations & Finance / 8tracks

TJ Taormina – Host of The TJ Show on 103.3 Amp Radio / CBS Radio Boston

Zach Sang – Creator, Executive Producer and host of nationally syndicated Top 40 Night Show Zach Sang and The Gang / WYD Media/WestWood One

Zachary Claudio – Director of Digital Sales / CBS Local

1 Comment
  1. wrsg915fm says

    If I had known about this, I would have spoken to our media group’s two owners about their Operations Manager, Scott Northcraft. He has done wonders with WXCR, WRRR and WVVV. Eleven years ago, he was put in charge of changing 93R’s setup from tape decks to computer, then master SIMIAN. He was given the manual and the training consisting of ‘learn this.’ He is a workaholic that puts everything on the line for these three stations!

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