Deborah Parenti, Radio Ink

It’s been a misperception about me that I always had confidence. Quite the contrary. But I kept moving forward.

Deborah Parenti

Deborah Parenti, EVP & Publisher of Radio Ink, Radio & TV Business Report, and Podcast Business Journal, shared the story behind her title with us on Saturday, April 17th and Sunday, April 18th, 2021.

Deborah has been EVP/Publisher of Radio Ink and Radio + Television Business Report since. She succeeded Eric Rhoads, chairman and founder of Radio Ink, at the helm of the publication which he established in 1992. She has also led the company’s radio conference division since 2007, including Forecast, the Hispanic Radio Conference, Convergence, and the Radio Ink Sports Conference.

An experienced broadcast professional, Deborah broke the glass ceiling in Dayton radio as the first woman to manage a major station in the market in 1990. As one of the first market consolidators, she developed a sales platform, “Radio First!”, and an organizational chart, both which became models in the industry. Her career also includes stints in Louisville and Philadelphia. She has contributed to panels at NAB, RAB and CRS, been featured in “Working Woman” magazine and the Wall Street Journal and participated in the 2001-2002 NABEF Broadcast Leadership training program. In 2009, she was inducted into the Dayton Broadcasters Hall of Fame and, along with actor Martin Sheen, is a Chaminade-Julienne High School Distinguished Alumna honoree.

At Radio Ink/Radio + Television Business Report/Podcast Business Journal, Deborah focuses much of her time today on using the publications’ influence across the industry to spotlight and promote initiatives that provide outreach, education and advancement for women, minorities and young people who aspire to join the radio industry.

Ms. Parenti is a foundation board member of the Alliance for Women in Media with which she has been associated since 2014.


35 years is a long time to work in one industry. But if you love what you do, you continue to learn and look for ways to be creative. That was certainly the case for Deborah Parenti who even found a way to use her love of food from her Italian heritage as an equalizer when dealing with colleagues and clients. Deborah is the finest example of the power behind leaders allowing others to feel valued and important!

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