Cheryl Devall, a California-based audio editor, has accepted an offer to lead KRVS in Lafayette, La., as GM.
She will be the station’s first permanent GM since the 2012 retirement of Dave Spizale. Patrick Mould, a local chef, has been interim GM since 2020. A start date hasn’t been finalized but Devall said she may begin the job next month.
“I really want to be there,” Devall said of the station and its surrounding community. “I’m really happy about it. I’m also taking a big deep breath because it’s going to be a creative stretch and a learning curve.” She plans to relocate from El Cerrito, Calif., in the San Francisco Bay Area, to Lafayette.
Devall most recently worked as an independent story editor for nonfiction podcasts and radio series, including the Un(re)solved podcast produced by Frontline, the Viewers Like Us podcast hosted by filmmaker Grace Lee and The Spiritual Edge, a podcast originally produced by KALW in San Francisco.
Additional programs she worked on were Gospel Roots of Rock and Soul for WXPN in Philadelphia and Blindspot: Tulsa Burning, a co-production from WNYC Studios in New York City, KOSU in Stillwater, Okla., and the History Channel.
Earlier in her career, she was senior radio editor for Reveal from the Center for Investigative Reporting and senior news editor for Southern California Public Radio, the Los Angeles station managed by American Public Media. She also worked as senior editor for APM’s Marketplace. Additional positions include Miami- and Chicago-based correspondent for NPR.
Corrections: An earlier version of this story incorrectly reported that Dave Spizale retired as GM in 2020. He departed in June 2012. It also reported that Devall has been appointed to the job, but the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, KRVS’ licensee, hadn’t completed its formal hiring process at the time of publication, according to Devall. The article also described Devall as a San Francisco-based editor, but she lives in El Cerrito, Calif., a community in the San Francisco Bay Area.