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

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No. 23
Lisa Worden

Music Director, KROQ Los Angeles, CBS Radio
Twitter: @KROQ

In a year in which alternative radio lost WKQX Chicago and WRXP New York, KROQ Los Angeles has managed to thrive, thanks in part to the guidance of music director Lisa Worden. The station has held fast in the Arbitron ratings, consistently coming in first or second in the key adult demos and in the top 10 with listeners 12-plus. And Worden has continued to break new music on KROQ's weekly "Local's Only" show, programmed with host Kat Corbett. During the last year, the show helped break Foster the People's "Pumped Up Kicks." But for Worden, her greatest achievement may be the charity concerts the station stages, including the Weenie Roast, Acoustic Christmas and Kevin & Bean April Foolishness. Worden says, "The fact we can still do these shows-which bands will play for next to nothing, all to go to charity-is really huge. We're one of the only stations that can do that, and I'm pretty proud of that."

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