The National Federation of Community Broadcasters has appointed Rima Dael as its next CEO, the organization announced Tuesday.
Dael will succeed Sally Kane, who announced earlier this year that she planned to step down. Dael starts at NFCB in January.
“Rima has a proven track record of advocating for independent stations, from our country’s largest cities to the smallest communities,” said NFCB Board President Kerry Semrad in a press release. “She is a fierce champion of localism and belonging and she brings a passion for the essential role that community radio plays in our country.”
Dael is GM of WSHU in Fairfield, Conn., and a member of the NPR board.
“NFCB will continue to serve the needs of our membership, strengthening the capacity of stations to meet the changing needs of our industry and our communities,” Dael said in the release. “I believe that our community stations are a backbone for our communities. They are part of the safety net of our society, and they are a platform for individual and communal expression. I look forward to jumping into this role and working with all our members on the integral work they do each day for our communities.”