Caryn Mathes leaving D.C.’s WAMU-FM for KUOW-FM in Seattle

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Caryn Mathes, g.m. of WAMU-FM in Washington, D.C., will assume the same post at KUOW and Puget Sound Public Radio in Seattle on Jan. 2, 2014, licensee University of Washington announced today.

Mathes replaces Wayne Roth, who announced his retirement in May.

WAMU licensee American University also released a statement today, saying that under Mathes’s leadership, the station expanded to seven radio stations and four Internet streams and enhanced its news coverage and original programming. She inherited a $9 million operation in 2005 and grew it to $22 million.

Mathes also led WDET in Detroit from 1984-2005, and served as assistant vice president of university communications at Wayne State University, also in Detroit, from 1989-91. She is a member of the boards of NPR and the University Station Alliance and participates in the Major Stations Advisory Group to NPR’s chief executive.

Carey Needham, senior director, business operations for WAMU, will serve as interim g.m.

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