Company News · September 9, 2014

Edison Research and RAIN News Announce Audio’s 30 Under 30 at RAIN Indy Summit

By 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.”

2014-30U30 centeredAll “Audio’s 30 Under 30” honorees received free registration to The RAIN Summit Indy and were honored at the event on September 9th.

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 and CBS Radio

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Edison Research conducts survey research and provides strategic information to a broad array of clients, including Activision, AMC Theatres, Disney, Dolby Laboratories, Google, Gulf News, the U.S. International Broadcasting Bureau, Pandora, Samsung, Siemens, Sony, Time Warner and Oracle. Edison Research works with many of the largest American radio ownership groups, including Bonneville, Emmis, Entercom, CBS Radio and Radio One. Another specialty for Edison is its work for media companies throughout the world, conducting research in North America, South America, Africa, Asia, and Europe. Edison Research is the sole provider of election exit poll data for the National Election Pool comprised of ABC, CBS, CNN, FOX, NBC and the Associated Press. Edison is also the leading provider of consumer exit polling and has conducted face-to-face research in almost every imaginable venue.

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