Dick Daly, senior consultant at Buffalo’s WNED, is retiring after more than 50 years in broadcasting, the station has announced. Daly has been with WNED since 1987, when he was hired as radio veep, overseeing classical music station WNED-FM and news station WEBR-AM (later WNED-AM). In 1993 he became senior v.p. of broadcasting, which put television operations under his guidance. Daly’s broadcasting career began in 1957 in Minnesota as a reporter, news director, and news editor. In 1967, he was an accredited correspondent reporting on the Vietnam War for NBC affiliate WDSM in Duluth, Minn.
Don’t forget about today’s important FCC meeting to discuss “Public and Other Noncommercial Media in the Digital Era.” It will be streamed live here from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Panels include: “A 1967 Moment … A Vision for Public Media,” “Varieties of Public and Noncommercial Media,” “Purposes of Public and Noncommercial Media,” “New Platforms, Approaches and Structures,” “New Strategies for Supporting Public and Noncommercial Media” and “Communications and Regulatory Policy.”
Louisiana Public Broadcasting President Beth Courtney takes to the stage to show off her dancing prowess on May 8 as the Big Buddy Program sponsors its fourth annual “Dancing With the Stars Baton Rouge” fundraiser, reports 2theadvocate.com. Audience members can bid to dance with Courtney and other local celebrities, as well as Elena Grinenko and Fabian Sanchez, who have appeared on the hit TV show Dancing With the Stars.
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After four years of negotiations, Texas Tech Public Media’s acquisition of KUTX in San Angelo is complete — the latest move in its “explosive growth” during the last several years, according to Lubbock Online. The station is now KNCH 90.1 and began transmitting April 4 from Lubbock. Home base for Texas Tech Public Media is KOHM-FM, South Plains Public Radio.
WEDU in Tampa Bay, Fla., has a new president and CEO: Susan Howarth, former head of WCET in Cincinnati, reports the Tampa Bay Business Journal. Howarth joins the station next month. That means Dick Lobo finally gets to retire. He wanted to leave in September 2009 but agreed to remain until a successor was appointed.Jack Neal is the new g.m. at WEIU FM & TV in Charleston, Ill., reports the Eastern Illinois University newspaper, the Daily Eastern News. Neal joins the station from his post as station manager at PBS affiliate KUHT at the University of Houston.
If it’s Thursday, it’s Mailbag time, courtesy of PBS Ombudsman Michael Getler. This week, letters continue to arrive from World War II veterans reacting to the American Experience doc, “The Bombing of Germany.” Viewers also weigh in on several Frontline programs.
KRWG staffers were out early yesterday morning to chat with viewers and listeners, reports the Deming (N.M.) Headlight. “With coffee in one hand and a donut in the other,” as the paper said, folks from the New Mexico State University PBS affiliate met with customers at the 5 a.m. Donuts shop in Deming to get their input on programming and other station matters. “When we added Wait, Wait… Don’t Tell Me, it will be a year ago in July, it was because of these conversations,” said Glen Cerny, executive director of university broadcasting at the station, in Las Cruces, N.M.
The Public Media Working Group (PMWG) and American University’s Center for Social Media will focus on two “signature collaborative opportunities” for this year, according to the Center. PMWG sprung from the Center’s 2009 paper, “Public Media 2.0: Dynamic, Engaged Publics,” and is comprised of advocates with “a commitment to increasing users’ access to and engagement with public media.” PMWG provides an opportunity for much-needed collaboration, the Center noted. “Innovators within the system are currently isolated, lacking spaces for sharing best practices and identifying joint strategies.” This year, the partners will first work on the National Black Programming Coalition’s Public Media Corps.