McDonald, Holt to leave WAMU

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Longtime Programming Director Mark McDonald and Engineering Director John Holt will be leaving WAMU-FM in Washington, D.C., according to the station.

McDonald will depart at the end of the year to pursue multimedia opportunities, said WAMU Director of Marketing Kathleen Allenbaugh, and Holt will retire at the end of November after 20 years with the station.

McDonald has been programming director at WAMU since 2001. He previously worked for BBC TV and Radio News and was managing editor for WNYC in New York.

Holt has been engineering director at WAMU since 1994. Prior to WAMU, he was director of engineering at Jefferson Public Radio in Oregon and chief engineer at Minnesota Public Radio.

The job responsibilities will be divided up pending new hires, Allenbaugh said.