As Vice President of Corporate Communication at Greater Media, Heidi Raphael provides leadership overseeing all aspects of communications, branding and marketing for one of the nation’s leading broadcast companies.
Ms. Raphael has nearly 20 years of experience and leadership in the radio industry and has been recognized among the 50 Most Influential Women in Radio by Radio Ink Magazine in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012. In addition, she was named among the Top 25 Women to Watch in Sales and Marketing by the Alliance for Women in Media in 2009.
The Buffalo, New York native joined Greater Media in 1996 as marketing director of WRIF-FM in Detroit, Michigan. She was subsequently promoted to director of group marketing, overseeing the combined marketing efforts for WRIF-FM, WCSX-FM and WMGC-FM in the Motor City. In January of 2005, Ms. Raphael was promoted to director of corporate communication for Greater Media, Inc., and she was later named vice president in February of 2008.
Ms. Raphael is also a leading voice in national radio and media issues. She is the official spokesperson on behalf of the national Mentoring and Inspiring Women (MIW) Radio Group, made up of the most influential women in the radio industry. In addition, Ms. Raphael is an elected board member of the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) and is a past elected member of the board of directors and the Alliance for Women in Media (AWM), both based in Washington, D.C. In addition, she serves as a member of the board of directors of the National Library of American Broadcasting.
An avid philanthropist and active community member, Ms. Raphael is involved with a number of boards, including the board of trustees of Medaille College, located in Buffalo, New York and the board of governors at Tufts Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts.
She currently holds the position of vice president of the board of directors for the Buffalo Broadcasters Association, is a member of the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame Advisory Board and serves on the board of directors of the Buffalo History Museum. She most recently served as vice- president of the board of directors of the Everywoman Opportunity Center.
Ms. Raphael received a Bachelor of Science degree in Media Communications from Medaille College in Buffalo, New York and a Master of Arts degree in Organizational Management from the University of Phoenix.