A trail-blazer for women in radio since the early ‘70s, Edie Hilliard spent the first half of her career on the station side, starting in marketing and promotion for a group of stations, then moving into sales in 1975 at KJR Seattle, where within two years she was named sales manager. In 1981 Edie became general manager at KING AM Seattle, one of the first women to hold that position in any major market.
In 1987 Edie moved to the syndication side of radio, heading up Seattle-based Broadcast Programming (BP), which provided music formats and programming services to radio stations. Within six years BP emerged as the leading syndicator of music formats, and in 1997 Edie moved BP into satellite-delivered daypart personality programs for music stations, beginning with Delilah, the hugely successful syndicated program for Adult Contemporary music stations, followed by country programs, Lia and Danny Wright, and other programs for AC stations. BP was acquired by Jones Media Networks, Ltd., in 1999, and merged with Jones Radio Networks (JRN), to form the largest independent network in the industry, providing programs and services to more than 5000 stations. As VP/COO of JRN, Edie had responsibility for all of JRN’s radio programming operations, and served on the board of directors of Jones Media Networks.
In Spring 2005 Edie was recruited to serve as Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer of GreenStone Media, LLC, to develop radio programming by and for women for distribution to commercial FM radio stations.
Throughout her career Edie has been active in industry associations and initiatives, including serving on the RAB and state association boards. Recipient of numerous industry awards for her achievements, Edie was selected in 2000 by readers of Radio Ink as Number One on the magazine’s list of Radio’s Most Influential Women. Widely recognized as a leader and mentor, she continues to work with organizations that encourage and support the advancement of women in the radio industry.