August 2, 2018 Helped to launch NPR station and led its growth into a network serving the Central Coast
KCLU General Manager Mary Olson will be honored with the Women’s Economic Ventures’ Trailblazer Award in October.
Each year, Women’s Economic Ventures celebrates leaders in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties and bestows the Trailblazer Award on a woman who is a pioneer in her industry who exemplifies courage, vision and the tenacity to overcome barriers.
Olson, who was recently promoted to associate vice president for the KCLU Broadcast and Digital Network, has been part of the KCLU team since the station’s sign-on in 1994. Under her leadership, the station has grown to become a network that serves the Central Coast from Westlake Village to San Luis Obispo.
A Rotary Club member, she serves on numerous nonprofit boards and donates her time as a high-energy emcee and auctioneer. Olson has a bachelor’s in mass communications from Purdue University and a Master of Public Policy and Administration from California Lutheran University.
As an award recipient, Olson will join the nonprofit’s Trailblazer Society, which recognizes the accomplishments of and expands opportunities for women. Women’s Economic Ventures is dedicated to economic empowerment, providing training, consulting and loans to help women entrepreneurs start and grow businesses.
A community service of Cal Lutheran based in Thousand Oaks, KCLU provides NPR and local news programming to more than 100,000 weekly listeners in Ventura County at 88.3 FM, southern Santa Barbara County at 1340 AM and 102.3 FM, Santa Maria at 89.7 FM, San Luis Obispo at 92.1 and online at KCLU.org.