Who We Are

Susan Ness Women's Radio Network

Susan Ness is the founding president and CEO of the Women's Radio Network, LLC, established to produce and syndicate female-oriented talk radio programming for radio broadcast stations, satellite radio, and the Internet. Commissioner Ness served on the Federal Communications Commission from May 1994 to May 2001, and, since then, has been the principal of Susan Ness Strategies. At the FCC, she played a leading role on spectrum policy issues, spurring the deployment of new technologies, including PCS, digital television, digital satellite radio, digital terrestrial radio, and the use of unlicensed wireless spectrum for broadband services. She was the FCC's senior representative to many international treaty conferences.

Prior to joining the FCC, she was vice president and group head of a national bank, providing financing to the communications industry. She also previously served as head of the Judicial Appointments Project of the National Women's Political Caucus and as Assistant Counsel to the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Banking, Currency and Housing. She also was a Distinguished Visiting Professor of Communication at the University of Pennsylvania's Annenberg School for Communication from 2001-2002, and served as Director of Information and Society at the Annenberg Public Policy Center.

She presently serves on the board of directors of Adelphia Communications Corporation, LCC International (NASDAQ), and the Library of American Broadcasting Foundation. Some of the awards she has received include: the International Radio and Television Society Foundation Achievement Award; the Digital Television Pioneer Award; Electronic Media's "12 to Watch in 1997;" the Annenberg School for Communication's Edward L. Palmer Award; the 2002 National Association of Broadcasters' Engineering and Technology Achievement Award; American Women in Radio and Television's first "Advocates" Award; the District of Columbia AWRT Leadership Award; and the Wireless Women's Network's first Leadership Award. Rutgers University inducted her into its Hall of Distinguished Alumni and Douglass College named her a member of the Douglass Society.