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Buying Power report: Blacks spend as economy grows
New 16th edition shows $507 bil in spending

The finding comes from the 16th annual edition of "The Buying Power of Black America" report. In 2009, black households spent an estimated $507 billion in 27 product and services categories. ...

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Urban Radio Forum touts speakers from Obama 2012 agency, Horizon Media and FCC

(September 4, 2012) Registration is now open for the 12th Power of Urban Radio Forum on Thursday, September 27 at the Omni Hotel in Washington, DC. The forum will feature CEOs and global marketers discussing the importance of the $900 billion African American consumer and Urban Radio. 

Clifford Franklin, CEO of FUSE Advertising Agency, the African-American advertising Agency handling the Obama 2012 Presidential Campaign, will deliver the keynote address. "We look forward to Cliff Franklin discussing with us strategies for how to reinvigorate minority advertising and content development," states urban sales and media expert Sherman K. Kizart, founder and managing director of Kizart Media Partners, Inc. Kizart's company will host the forum in partnership with the National Association of Black Owned Broadcasters (NABOB). 

FCC Commissioner Robert McDowell and Bill Koenigsberg, Chairman and CEO of Horizon Media will also make special presentations. Executives responsible for over $100 billion in media buying decisions will be in attendance at the forum including African American advertising agency media directors, global media agency planners and chief marketing officers of major corporations. Forum sessions will include:

Natalie Swedstone - Vice President/Director of Radio - OMD (Omnicom Group), New York
Jennifer Hungerbuhler - Senior Vice President/Broadcast Buying - Carat, New York
Frank Friedman - Executive Vice President, Broadcast Buying - Zenith Optimedia, New York
Tom Talbert - Senior Vice President/Broadcast Buying - Campbell Ewald, Detroit
Aleta Clardy - CEO/Savvy Marketing Solutions, Chicago
Kimberly Paige -- Asst. Vice President/African American Marketing - Coca Cola, Atlanta
James Colon -- Vice President/Product Communications - Toyota Motor Sales USA, Los Angeles
Lynn Austin -- Regional Marketing Manager - American Family Insurance, Phoenix
John Commisiong - Director of Market Outreach - Harley Davidson, Milwaukee
Aretta Baldon - Director of Media - Turner Entertainment System, Atlanta
Laura Branker - Multicultural Marketing Manager - AARP, Washington, DC
Alfred Liggins - President/CEO - Radio One, Washington, DC
Russell Perry - Chairman/CEO, Perry Broadcasting, Oklahoma City
Charles Warfield - President/COO, Inner City Broadcasting, New York
Ron Davenport, Jr. - President, Sheridan Broadcasting Corp., Pittsburgh
Chesley Maddox--Dorsey - CEO, Access 1 Communications, New York

Ken Smikle, President of Target Market News, will serve as lead moderator for the panel discussions.  Co-chairmen for the forum are Chris Wegmann, Regional Vice President & Market Manager for Radio One, Jim Watkins, Vice President & General Manager for WHUR and Steve Swenson, Senior Vice President & Market Manager for CBS Radio. 

Register now for the 12th Power Of Urban Radio forum by calling 202-463-8970 or on-line at Contact Sherman Kizart at 312-421-4803,

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