On Wednesday, September 13, 2023, the Radio Masters Sales Summit hosted by Radio Ink celebrated the exceptional achievers in the realm of radio sales by announcing the finalists for the prestigious 2023 Radio Wayne Awards.

These awards, which pay tribute to the legacy of Wayne Cornils, a luminary whose profound dedication to the radio industry left an indelible mark, were established in honor of his enduring influence. Eric Rhoads, the Founder of Radio Ink, envisioned Wayne Cornils as a role model for others in the industry due to his unwavering passion.

The 31st annual edition of these awards took place at the Cincinnati Airport Marriott, drawing a large and enthusiastic crowd. Notably, the winners were selected through a meticulous “blind” judging process, ensuring that the judges remained unaware of the identities of the finalists they were evaluating.

Columbus Media Group was ecstatic to learn its very own General Sales Manager & Director of Marketing, Michelle Hurley, was among the top winners; taking home the coveted Radio Wayne Award for the DOS/Sales Manager of the Year (Markets 21+).

“I’m truly humbled and grateful to be recognized for what I love to do,” Hurley said, “to work with local & national partners to grow their businesses and connect with central Ohio in so many meaningful ways.  I am so proud to work for SAGA and I’m excited about things yet to come.”

The 2023 Radio Wayne Award Winners Are As Follows:

Streetfighter of the Year

  • Melinda Bement – Midwest Communications, LLC – Terre Haute, IN

Interactive/Integrated/Digital Sales Specialist or Digital Sales Manager of the Year

  • Brianna Tepper – Spanish Broadcasting System – New York, NY & Chicago, IL

Stu Olds National Sales Manager of the Year

  • April Brinks-Bailey – Beasley Media Group – Tampa, FL

DOS/Sales Manager Markets 1-20 of the Year

  • Dave Scopinich – Audacy – Philadelphia, PA

DOS/Sales Manager Markets 21+ of the Year

  • Michelle Hurley – Saga Communications/Columbus Media Group – Columbus, OH

Market/General Manager of the Year

  • Mary Menna – Beasley Media – Boston, MA


Michelle, from all of us here at CMG, and from the entire SAGA nation – Congratulations!  We couldn’t be prouder of you, and ALL of your accomplishments – past, present, and future.

To put Columbus Media Group to work for you and engage with award-winning marketing experts that can bring you the best radio, digital, cause, event, and recruitment campaigns available, call or email us.

For more information, contact:

Michelle Hurley
GSM/Dir Mktg Columbus Media Group


Photo: Radio Ink