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KPFA General Manager quits

Date: Tue, 03 Feb 2004 20:34:22 -0500
Subject: KPFA Transition
From: Dan Coughlin [Pacifica Executive Director]

Posted at: http://www.pacifica.org/news/040203_KPFAtransition.html

KPFA 94.1 FM Announces Leadership Transition

BERKELEY, CA (Feb. 3) The Pacifica Radio network announced today that KPFA 94.1 FM General Manager Gus Newport, the former Mayor of Berkeley and a veteran community development specialist, is transitioning from his position as General Manger of the Berkeley station to return to non-profit consulting and writing.

I've always been part of the Pacifica family and I'll look forward to continue to work with staff and listeners around the network, especially in this critical election year, said Newport.

Pacifica Radio Executive Director Dan Coughlin announced that Jim Bennett, the station's operations director, will step in as interim general manger on February 15, 2004. A search for a new permanent General Manager will begin as soon as the station's newly elected Local Station Board meets in mid-February, Coughlin said. The process could last six to nine months.

Coughlin also said that Newport will be working as a consultant with the Pacifica national leadership on network-wide election year programming as well as on governance and organizational development issues.

We're excited to have Gus move into his new role especially in the context of Pacifica's election year programming initiatives, said Coughlin, pointing to a planned series of nationwide broadcasts on critical issues facing the U.S. electorate.

Gus Newport was Mayor of the City of Berkeley between 1979-1986, taking a leading role in the international fight against apartheid. He subsequently led the Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative, a major redevelopment project in Boston and he taught at the University of San Cruz, California, and Portland State University

Founded in 1949, Pacifica Radio is the nation's first listener-supported, community-based radio network. Along with KPFA in Berkeley, it includes WBAI 99.5 FM in New York, KPFK 90.7 FM in Los Angeles, KPFT 90.1 FM in Houston and WPFW 89.3 FM in Washington DC.


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