Judy Jankowski, 61, managed prominent jazz stations

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Judy Jankowski, who held top management positions at several public broadcasting stations, died Dec. 17 [2011] at Kindred Hospital in Westminster, Calif. She was 61.

Judy JankowskiShe started her long pubcasting career as a traffic manager at WOUB in Athens, Ohio, worked as g.m. of Pittsburgh’s WDUQ from the mid-1980s until 1994, and then managed another leading jazz station — KLON, now KKJZ in Long Beach, Calif. — until retiring in 2005. She also held executive positions at stations in Houston and Birmingham, Ala.

“I first knew Judy when we both worked in Texas in the early 1980s, and from then on she was a friend, colleague and collaborator,” said Scott Hanley, another former g.m. at WDUQ. “Her energy, enthusiasm and determination was ever-present.”

Jankowski was born Oct. 1, 1950, to Henry and Stella Marie Jankowski. She received a bachelor’s degree from Elmira College in Elmira, N.Y., and a master’s in broadcast management from Ohio University.

“Judy had a big heart and was known for her warm, friendly smile,” her family said in a statement. “She was a voracious reader and usually had a novel within her reach. She also enjoyed knitting, making baby blankets and other items for her many family members, including cousins and their children, who she all loved dearly.” She was proud of her Polish heritage and celebrated holidays by making Polish foods from family recipes.

The family suggested memorials to the National Kidney Foundation.

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