In her own words: Lori Heeren of Reno Media Group
Northern Nevada Business Weekly: Tell us about your company and the duties of your position.
Lori Heeren: Reno Media Group has seven radio stations — Sunny 106.9, Alice 96.5, 103.7 The River, 93.7 BOB, SWAG 104.9, CBS Sports 96.1/1270 and our new baby, Little City 97.3. I oversee sales, programming and all business operations.
NNBW: How did you get into this profession?
Heeren: I was on-air first in college and wanted to make more money and landed in sales.
NNBW: What’s the most important thing you have learned in your career?
Heeren: You make your own luck.
NNBW: How did the recession change the way you do business?
Heeren: We had to work and think harder than ever before with fewer people on our staff.
NNBW: What was your first job?
Heeren: “Walking” soybean fields for weeds — I’m a South Dakota farm girl.
NNBW: Tell us about your dream job. Why aren’t you working it?
Heeren: A singer — I wasn’t willing to starve for my art.
NNBW: Have any advice for someone who wants to enter your profession?
Heeren: Commit to a lot more than 40-plus hours a week to be successful. Do what it takes.
NNBW: What’s the most fun you have had on the job?
Heeren: I love to produce events for radio stations — the most fun is when you look around the event and see thousands of attendees at a successful event along with very happy sponsors and staff; it’s like a giant party that you’ve thrown. That’s the most fun I have in this business.
NNBW: What’s the best advice anyone ever gave you?
Heeren: Love many, trust few, but always paddle your own canoe (my great grandmother).
NNBW: What are your favorite hobbies or pastimes? How do you spend your time away from work?
Heeren: Spending time with my family and good friends, playing the piano.
NNBW: If you could live your life over again, what one thing would you change?
Heeren: Nothing — all my joys and disappointments have made me who I am today.
NNBW: What has been your biggest professional accomplishment?
Heeren: I still hear from past employees who tell me I was their mentor.
NNBW: What did you dream of becoming when you were a kid?
Heeren: Mrs. David Cassidy.
NNBW: If you had enough money to retire right now, would you? Why or why not?
Heeren: I wouldn’t — I love what I do, and this business keeps me young.
NNBW: What’s the last concert or sporting event you attended?
Heeren: Reno Aces ball game.
NNBW: Where’s your perfect vacation spot?
Heeren: A tropical beach with turquoise waters.
NNBW: Why did you choose a career in northern Nevada? What do you like most about working/living here?
Heeren: I love Nevada and the freedoms it offers. I’m proud to say I’ve worked on both sides of this great state.
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