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I Rock the Mic Conference Coming Soon -

Family Reunion of Urban Radio Will Focus On "Stepping Your Game Up to the Next Level of Excellence"

Miami, FL, September 18, 2008 - Plans for the 3rd Annual I Rock The Mic Conference & Awards (IRTM) were announced today. The conference dates are set for December 4 - 7 in Miami Beach, Florida at the Eden Roc Resort & Spa. The theme for the leading empowerment gathering for urban radio professionals is "Stepping Your Game Up to the Next Level of Excellence."

IRTM, known as the family reunion of urban radio, creates a very unique environment where accomplished industry professionals and the aspiring convene for power networking, informative panels, talent development and programming workshops and exclusive entertainment events. 2007 marked the first time that key urban radio powerhouses were under one roof at the same time. Industry leaders such as Tom Joyner, Doug Banks, Elroy Smith, Big Boy, Doc Wynter, Donnie Simpson, Reggie Rouse, Gary Bernstein, Michael Baisden, Rickey Smiley, Terry Monday, Keith Sweat, Big Tigger, FCC Commissioner Jonathan Adelstein, RIAA's Carlos Linares, Arbitron's Julian Davis and many more came together to network and talk about the business of urban radio.

The 2008 IRTM weekend retreat kicks off this year with a celebration of powerful women who rock the mic and the conference will feature live broadcasts by personalities on radio and internet stations, interactive panel discussions on current industry issues and information that will include representatives from the NABOB, RIAA and other industry organizations.

Back by popular demand this year is the talent development boot camp. New to the conference agenda is a programmers workshop and luncheon that will feature some of the most powerful programming leaders in the country.

"I Rock The Mic is about empowerment. Many think urban radio is heading towards extinction but they are wrong. Urban radio is transitioning and today its all about taking our old school knowledge and tying in the new school technology," says Rick Party Co-Founder of IRTM and CEO of Sizzle Productions. "I Rock The Mic empowers urban radio professionals and students with knowledge of today. We are committed to the responsibility of preserving the history and shaping the future of urban radio?

The IRTM Awards close the weekend and have honored urban radio legends and icons for their contribution to the industry. Past honorees include Hal Jackson, Jerry Rushin, Irene Johnson Ware, Herb Kent, Tom Joyner, Walt 'Baby' Love and Donnie Simpson. The 2008 honorees will be announced in October.

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