General + Regulatory + Telecom + Media NewsOAB establishes Inspiring Women Award

OAB establishes Inspiring Women Award

The Ontario Association of Broadcasters (OAB) has opened nominations for its annual awards, with the addition this year of the Inspiring Women Award, recognizing and developing female leadership.

“Across Ontario the number of female broadcasters in a leadership role is dismal compared to their male counterparts,” states the OAB announcement. “Females are well represented as a whole in the industry, the issue is truly the lack of leadership roles. We’d like to change that!”

The Inspiring Women Award will be presented to a woman from an OAB member station and offers training and mentorship opportunities, paid for and coordinated by the OAB.

Among the criteria, the recipient must demonstrate:
  • An excellent work ethic, with superior leadership qualities.
  • Passion for the industry and community service.
  • Currently employed in the industry with at least two years experience. 
  • Willingness to grow and develop beyond their current role. 
  • Willingness to mentor other female broadcasters.

Among the perks of the award will be full delegate passes to this fall’s OAB Conference, Canadian Music Week (CMW), and the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Radio Show or NAB 2020 in Las Vegas. There will also be opportunities to shadow OAB board members throughout the year, in addition the CRTC’s Ontario Regional Commissioner.

Applications will be reviewed by the OAB Awards Committee and Executive, with the winner announced at the OAB Conference and Gala Awards on Nov. 7 in Toronto. Find more information here.

The OAB awards program is also accepting nominations for:

  • Best In Class Sales Award – recognizing an individual sales person who demonstrates an ability to recognize and speak to the needs, wants and wishes of a new client with a successful radio campaign (new to them or new to radio). 
  • Creative Award – presented to the writer/producer who creates the best 30 or 60 second radio ad that inspires action, evokes emotion and produces results for the client.
  • Community Service Campaign(s) Award – presented to a station for outstanding contribution to worthwhile organizations in its community. 
  • Promotion Award – awarded to the station that best promotes itself. Promotions will be judged on originality, station benefit, goals achieved and impact in the community.  
Link to more information and the OAB Awards Entry Form here

Subscribe Now – Free!

Broadcast Dialogue has been required reading in the Canadian broadcast media for 25 years. When you subscribe, you join a community of connected professionals from media and broadcast related sectors from across the country.

The Weekly Briefing from Broadcast Dialogue is delivered exclusively to subscribers by email every Thursday. It’s your link to critical industry news, timely people moves, and excellent career advancement opportunities.

Let’s get started right now.

Connie Thiessen
Connie Thiessen
Connie has worked coast-to-coast as a reporter, editor, anchor and host at CKNW and News 1130 in Vancouver, News 95.7 and CBC in Halifax, and CFCW Edmonton, among other stations. With a passion for music, film and community service, she led News 95.7 to a 2013 Atlantic Journalism Award and regional RTDNA award for Best Radio Newscast. More recently, she was nominated for Music Journalist of the Year at Canadian Music Week 2019. To report a typo or error please email -

The Weekly Briefing - Subscribe Now – Free!

It’s your link to critical industry news, timely people moves, and excellent career advancement opportunities.

Events / Conferences