Julie Talbott started her career in advertising at BBDO, where she spent five years as supervisor of media planning and buying. However, her love of radio took her to MJI Broadcasting, where she spent 19 years. As COO of MJI Broadcasting, Talbott was instrumental in growing the company from five people to more than 150. She also led the effort in acquiring the exclusive radio rights of the Country Music Awards and the CMA Music Festival for the company.
In 1999, Premiere Networks acquired MJI Broadcasting. At that time, Talbott joined Premiere as senior vice president of integrated marketing solutions, focusing on advertising sponsorships. In 2003, she was promoted to executive vice president, affiliate relations. In that role, she oversaw a staff that increased affiliations for programs hosted by Jim Rome, Glenn Beck, George Noory, Bob and Tom, Steve Harvey, Keith Sweat, Elvis Duran, FOX Sports Radio and others. In 2009, Talbott was named president, content and affiliate relations for Premiere Networks and was promoted in September 2012 to extend that title to the National Media Groups division of Clear Channel Media and Entertainment (now known as iHeartMedia).
In January 2014, she was promoted to president of Premiere Networks. In her current role, Talbott continues to oversee the operation of Premiere Networks’ roster of more than 100 radio programs and services, while managing business partnerships with talent, and leading and maintaining key affiliate relationships to sell and service Premiere Networks, Total Traffic & Weather Network and the 24/7 News Network.
In 2014, the editorial board of TALKERS magazine honored Talbott with their Judy Jarvis Memorial Award, also known as “Woman of the Year,” for her outstanding contributions to the Talk radio industry. In April 2016, Talbott received the Ward L. Quaal Leadership Award, given by the Broadcasters Foundation in recognition of career contributions to the broadcast industry and the community at large. She was honored with Talk Show Boot Camp’s coveted Ashwood Award in 2017, which recognizes someone who has made a positive impact on the industry. She’s also been named one of Radio Ink’s “Most Powerful People in Radio” and “Most Influential Women in Radio” numerous times.
A native of the Bluegrass state, Kentucky, Talbott received her B.A. from the University of Kentucky and attended the Business Strategy Program at Columbia University Graduate School of Business in 1996. Talbott lives with her husband and three children in New York.