“She was always balancing what was best for the show while doing what was best for the overall radio station,” Baron said.
In 2011, she became senior vice president of music strategy for the cable network CMT, moving to Nashville and quickly making her mark in the country music world.
Fram leads CMT’s “Next Women of Country” campaign, which has promoted rising stars such as Kelsea Ballerini, Maren Morris and Kacey Musgraves. She also saw the crossover potential of acts such as Sam Hunt and the Florida Georgia Line and helps mentor female executives in the music biz.
Brian Phillips, who worked as Fram’s boss at 99X and CMT for two decades, said he marvels at how she builds — not burns — bridges in such a cutthroat business.
“She has the deepest well of empathy,” he said. “She has soul, humanity and professionalism paired with terrific sensibilities about music. That’s what makes her truly special and beloved everywhere she goes.”
Steve Craig, a former 99X midday host who also worked in New York at a rock station with her, said she worked ridiculously long hours as a morning host and radio executive, while hitting concerts and clubs at night. “She does it religiously and does not complain,” he said.
A rare time she did complain, he said, is when she recently popped her kneecap and had to recuperate at home. “She was restless. She hated being away from the studios at CMT,” said Craig, who still stays in regular touch with her.
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