Jana Polsky '80

Jana Polsky is an award-winning Writer/Producer for the WESTWOOD ONE Radio Networks, where she creates on-air sales and promotional projects for advertisers and affiliated stations.  She writes and produces client commercials, added-value promotions, on-air vignettes, sales demos, video presentations and on-air promos for the 500+ CBS News affiliated radio stations.  She has been nominated three times for a Writers Guild of America Award for outstanding work in on-air promotion and was honored with two Gracie Awards from the Foundation for American Women in Radio and Television

She began her long association with CBS as a Promotion Coordinator at WCBS-TV, New York.  Ms. Polsky was quickly promoted to Promo Writer/Producer, where she created on-air promos for local News, Sports and special Programming.  During her tenure at WCBS-TV, she was awarded a Bronze Medal from the New York International Film & TV Festival for a series of local news PSA's.  After a few years, she was recruited over to the network radio side of the business, happily ensconced all these years later.

In her spare time, she produced “The Buddy and Lisa Show,” a Gracie-Award winning radio talk show about parenting, marriage and “life as a baby boomer.”  The show aired on WCTC-AM 1450 in New Brunswick, NJ. 

This past March, the Alliance for Women in Media (AWM) recognized Jana as the recipient of the 2010 AWM Achievement Award. Jana was selected for this prestigious award in recognition of her accomplishments in strengthening the role of AWM within the industry as well as her contributions to the media. Jana has been a long-standing member and supporter of AWM at both the national and local level. She is an active member of the AWM New York City Chapter and past Chapter President. Under her leadership, she built a successful event series and provided mentorship to both students and professionals across the country. She was instrumental in the launch of the AWM student chapter here at Montclair State University.

She has played an instrumental role with AWM’s radio Public Service Announcement (PSA) campaigns which have received million of dollars of donated airplay from stations across the country. She also served on the editorial advisory board of AWM’s awardwinning Making Waves magazine and was active in the growth of the Gracie Awards, AWM’s signature event.

Ms. Polsky is a proud graduate of Montclair State University. She is actively involved with the Broadcasting Alumni group at the university and serves as a student mentor.  

Ms. Polsky lives in NJ with her husband, Howard Deneroff, and their two daughters.