Radio Executive Sessions #1: KIIS FM’s Julie Pilat

Radio Executive Sessions #1: KIIS FM’s Julie Pilat


What do Julie Pilat, Jimmy Steal and Andrew Jeffries have in common? They program music for the most popular radio stations in Los Angeles and were all special guests at NARIP's Radio Executive Sessions at Universal Mastering Studios in Los Angeles.


This audio program is a recording of one of NARIP’s Radio Executive Series – intimate meetings with executives from the most popular radio stations in the business today. Learn how they do their jobs, select music for their stations and remain competitive in the marketplace. Julie Pilat is Assistant Program Director / Music Director at KIIS FM and Program Director at KYSR 98-7fm.

  • Artist Managers, Producers & Artist Reps
  • A&R, Artist Development and Marketing Executives
  • Record, Distribution & Music Publishing Executives
  • Music & Entertainment Attorneys
  • Anyone seeking placement opportunities in radio
  • How do they interact with major labels, indie labels and artists?
  • What persuades them to add a record?
  • How do they select new music?
  • How to level the playing field with major labels?
  • Fan development and interaction
  • Also: cross-promotions, marketing tie-ins, performance opportunities at radio stations, sales, charts and more.

Assistant Program Director / Music Director at KIIS FM and Program Director at KYSR 98-7fm

A young Julie Pilat, obsessed with Hip Hop, Pop AND Rock, started her radio career while still in junior high. A Seattle native, she began answering phones at KUBE in 1992, and by the time she hit high school, Julie had her own ON AIR shift at the local college radio stations KGRG and KNHC. As soon as she was able to drive herself to the station, she got her own air shift at KUBE as well. Julie’s college years took her to Arizona (ASU) where she continued to foster her radio career and passion for music at KPWR (Hip Hop) and KEDJ (Alternative Rock) in Phoenix, where she held down air shifts and worked in the programming departments. In 1998, she returned to Seattle and landed the midday air shift and the APD/MD job at KUBE. Four years later, Julie made the move to Los Angeles and was named the APD/MD at legendary Top 40 KIIS FM. The success of KIIS during her tenure there, coupled with an unbridled passion for manic genres made her the stand out choice to take over the helm at Clear Channel’s KYSR when the format switched to Alternative Rock in January of 2009. Today, Julie continues to hold both positions in the Clear Channel LA Radio Cluster (APD/MD at KIIS FM and PD at KYSR 98-7fm). In her “spare” time, Julie is a dedicated mentor and community leader. She donates time and resources to A Place Called Home in South Central and to the Youth Mentoring Connection. She is also passionate about discovering new music, mentoring new artists, and being creative with how radio can support the artist development process in the ever-changing music business.


– R&R’s Top 40 Music Director of the Year for several years.

– Youth Mentoring Connection “Mentoring Hall of Fame” 2007

– FMQB CHR Music Director of the Year 2009

– Radio Ink’s Top 50 Most Influential Women in Radio 2010 and 2011

– S.I.N. Network’s Music Director of the Year for several years

– Billboard’s Twitter 140: Music Industry Characters You Need To Follow

PROGRAM DATE: September 27, 2011
PROGRAM TIME: 2 hours, 0 minutes, 46 seconds (2:00:46)
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Program music courtesy of Sparks & Silhouettes


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