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CPB appointed Cheraine Stanford as VP of television content strategy. She starts the job June 21 and will report to Kathryn Washington, SVP of TV content.

Stanford most recently worked as content strategy director for WPSU in State College, Pa., a dual-licensed, university-owned station she joined in 2009. While at WPSU, she chaired the PBS Digital Media Advisory Council from 2016–2020. Earlier in her career, Stanford reported for the Charlotte Observer and worked as a production coordinator for Washington Week with Gwen Ifill.


Kimberly Singleton joined KERA as CFO last month.

She succeeds Wanda Mizutowicz, who retired from the Dallas station earlier this year.

Singleton most recently worked as VP of financial planning and analysis for Alto Pharmacy. She has also been VP of finance for AmerisourceBergen, a drug company, and TForce Logistics. She worked as CFO for MW Logistics, a shipping logistics company based in Dallas.

Maxie Jackson is on leave from his job as chief content officer for New England Public Media.


NEPM Communications Director Vanessa Cerillo, who previously confirmed that Jackson had left the station, said Thursday that he is on leave from his job as CCO. She said Jackson’s leave is a “personnel matter” and declined to  comment further. Jackson declined to comment.

Jackson joined NEPM, which operates a network of public radio and TV stations from Amherst, Mass., in 2020. His previous jobs in public media include working as station manager for Ideastream in Cleveland; senior director of program development for New York Public Radio; radio program director for WETA in Washington, D.C.; and GM for WEAA in Baltimore. Jackson has also been an executive director for the Pacifica Foundation and president of the National Federation of Community Broadcasters. He worked in commercial media as assistant director of programming for Radio One and a producer for BET.

Radio Milwaukee’s Urban Alternative channel HYFIN announced its lineup of on-air talent and other hires.

On weekdays, Anthony Foster will host the 12 noon to 3 p.m. slot before Element Everest-Blanks steps in from 3 to 9 p.m. HYFIN PD Tarik Moody, who joined Radio Milwaukee in 2007, will host from 9 p.m. to midnight. From 6 a.m. to 12 noon, The Morning Mix will have “no talk and all tunes,” according to the station’s news release. HYFIN’s weekend programs will air without a host.

Foster and Everest-Blanks

Foster, who currently hosts Radio Milwaukee’s 6 to 9 a.m. Saturday shift, will continue in that timeslot on 88.9’s primary signal.

Everest-Blanks was part of the original cohort of Radio Milwaukee DJs when the station launched in 2007. She returned as a part-time host last year and will continue in Radio Milwaukee’s 12 to 3 p.m. Saturday slot. Her on-air role with HYFIN includes serving as urban alternative station’s brand ambassador, which involves creating broadcast and digital content and building relationships with the community. Chris Alexander, who currently hosts Radio Milwaukee broadcasts on Sundays from 12 to 3 p.m., will offer programming support for HYFIN.

In addition to announcing HYFIN’s on-air talent, Radio Milwaukee hired Darron Brüwer as the urban alternative station’s community engagement coordinator. Brüwer most recently worked as founder of a social media firm, F2 Social.

HYFIN will broadcast on Radio Milwaukee’s 88.9 HD2 channel and stream through The programming will also simulcast on 88.9 FM HD1 from 9 p.m. to 3 a.m. daily. 

HYFIN is backed by $450,000 in funding from CPB and will launch June 19, in part to coincide with Juneteenth.



Max Ramirez was hired as PD for the jazz station KUVO in Denver. Ramirez most recently worked as music director and assistant PD for WICR, a jazz and classical music station owned by the University of Indianapolis. He was also an aviation technician and medic for the U.S. Navy.


Robert Brier joined NJ PBS’ NJ Spotlight News division as a reporter. Brier will focus on mental health coverage for an initiative that is supported in part by Report for America. The New Jersey Civic Information Consortium also provided funding for the position. Brier, who received a master’s degree in journalism from New York University this year, has reported as an intern for New Mexico In Depth, an investigative digital-first news site, and The Scranton Times-Tribune.


WXPN in Philadelphia hired Miguel Perez as a producer for World Cafe, a music program. He replaces John Myers, who left the show earlier this year to focus on Rowhome Productions, a company he co-founded in 2020. Perez previously worked as an arts and culture reporter and assistant producer for KERA in Dallas. In 2020 he was a New Voices Scholar for AIR and was an intern for KERA and NPR’s All Things Considered.



Sachi Kobayashi is joining NPR as senior manager of collaborative philanthropy. Her first day with the network is June 20. Kobayashi most recently worked as director of member acquisition for Oregon Public Broadcasting. She previously directed development for WXPN in Philadelphia and worked as campaign manager for KPCC in Pasadena, Calif.

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This column has been updated with New England Public Media’s statement clarifying Maxie Jackson’s employment status. 

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