Friday, April 19, 2019

Kellie Raspberry To Be Honored With MIW Airblazer Award

Kellie Raspberry
The Mentoring and Inspiring Women in Radio (MIW) Group has announced Kellie Rasberry, longtime co-host of “The Kidd Kraddick Morning Show” as the recipient of the 2019 MIW Airblazer Award.

Now in its 5th year, the MIW Airblazer Award stems from an alliance formed in 2015 between the MIW Group and Talentmasters Morning Show Bootcamp (MSBC). It is an honor bestowed annually to a deserving on-air personality in radio broadcasting. The 2019 Airblazer Award will be presented to Rasberry this August during the 31st Annual MSBC in Chicago.

In addition to her work as co-host of “The Kidd Kraddick Morning Show,” Rasberry also co-hosts the twice-weekly podcast "A Sandwich and Some Lovin’” with her husband, Allen Evans. Kellie is also on the Board of Directors for Kidd’s Kids, a non-profit organization which takes children with life-altering conditions and their families on all-expenses paid trips to Disney World.

After more than two decades in radio, Kellie has won several Favorite Female Radio Personality of the Year awards, and was just announced as the 2019 Gracie Award winner for Co-Host, National Radio, by the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation. She was a co-host on FOX Television’s “Dish Nation,” co-hosted the syndicated radio show, “Love Letters with Matthew & Kellie,” co-hosted the webcast of the “Blockbuster Entertainment Awards,” co-hosted “Live! With Regis” during their Women of Radio Week, and played a role in the made-for-TV movie “Holiday In Your Heart” starring LeAnn Rimes. She has also commentated for the REELZ Channel docuseries “The Price of Fame.”

“It is the MIW Group’s privilege to acknowledge one of morning radio’s brightest stars, Kellie Rasberry. She is a key voice in a remarkable show that continues to build personal relationships with its listeners and stay relevant in their lives, now more than ever. She also uses her influence to improve the communities she serves,” said MIW Group Spokeswoman Denyse Mesnik.

Last year's honoree MIX 94.1/Las Vegas' Mercedes Martinez who, like previous recipients was charged with selecting the following year's recipient, said, “Kellie has been an inspiration to so many women! I’ve always looked up to her for not just her talent as a radio personality, but for her strength, sense of humor, and intelligence. Not only does she continue to dominate with the Kidd Kraddick show, she herself has emerged as one of our industry’s most beloved leading ladies."

MSBC Host and Jockline Publisher Don Anthony commented, "I can't imagine a more deserving recipient of this year's award than Kellie - She's an airblazer in every sense of the term. Plus, she’s a genuine inspiration to others on-air for her continued success and dominance as a morning host.”

“It is such an honor to receive the MIW Group Airblazer Award the same year I’m celebrating my 25th anniversary in Dallas radio," said Rasberry. "When Kidd Kraddick hired me to be his radio wife back in 1994, he taught me the most valuable lesson I’ve learned in radio — to be myself. Sometimes, that’s a lot harder than it sounds! But taking that advice led to creating a bond with our audience that runs so deep, they stuck with us when Kidd suddenly passed away six years ago. One of the greatest joys I now receive is meeting women who grew up listening to our show as their moms drove them to school, and now they’re introducing me to their kids who listen as they drive them to school! It doesn’t make me feel old. It makes me feel abundantly blessed! And to receive the Airblazer Award this year is the most delicious icing on the cake. Thank you, Mercedes Martinez, for choosing me to receive it.”

The Kidd Kraddick Morning Show is syndicated by YEA Networks and heard on more than 65 Top 40 and Hot AC radio stations across the country, as well as the American Forces Radio Network, weekdays from 5am-10am CST.

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