IJEA Fall Conference
Friday, Sept. 20, 2019
8:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Helping to build skills and tenacity in high school journalists for generations.
Keynote Address: Melissa Forman, WLIT-FM
Melissa‘s radio career started in Champaign, Ill., where she worked as an intern and received her first break imitating Bart Simpson on Mix 94.5. That break led to an incredibly successful five-year, on- air teaming with her partner, Jerome Ritchie. She then moved to Cincinnati where she worked at Mix 94.1. In 1999, she moved home to Chicago where she worked at WKIE-FM 92.7/5 (KISS FM). In 2001 she started hosting morning drive at WLIT-FM 93.9 in Chicago until August of 2009 with a team she loved.
Her on-air radio adventures have taken her flying at six Gs in fighter jets, hot air ballooning live on the air, sitting in 17,000 seats in chilly November at Memorial Stadium in order to raise money for a children’s charity, and living in a shopping mall for four straight days.