Billboard's 2011 Women In Music Honorees
Billboard's 2011 Women In Music Honorees

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No. 20
Julie Pilat

PD, KYSR Los Angeles; assistant PD/music director, KIIS Los Angeles, Clear Channel Radio
Website: 987FM.com, kiisfm.com
Twitter: @987LA, @KIISFM

As PD of alternative KYSR (98.7 FM) and assistant PD/music director of top 40 KIIS, Julie Pilat experiences the best of both worlds at the Los Angeles radio stations. "It's been really exciting over the last few years to be part of a No. 1 heritage station, KIIS-FM, and at the same time, to be building something from the street organically and try out new things with no rules with KYSR," she says. Since flipping to alternative in 2008, KYSR has offered serious competition to crosstown rival KROQ, with a format-leading cume of 2 million listeners in October, while KIIS continues its success as L.A.'s No. 1-rated station overall and the country's second-most-listened-to pop station. Occasionally, the stations share acts, as with their joint support for Foster the People. KYSR was among the first to play the act's "Pumped Up Kicks," and Pilat crossed the track over to KIIS. She also has found time to raise money for South Central L.A. charity A Place Called Home with Stars & Strikes, an annual celebrity bowling and poker tournament.

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