Shaun Yu, interim co-manager of Classical 88.1 WDPR in Dayton, Ohio, has been appointed president and c.e.o. by the station’s board of directors. Yu succeeds former President Georgie Woessner, who retired in June. During the leadership transition he has been co-managing WDPR with a station volunteer who is also a board member. “It is my honor to lead this organization, which is rooted so firmly in Dayton,” Yu said in a prepared statement. “The fact that we can boast of a full-time classical music station speaks of the extraordinary support of this community.”
Search committee chairwoman and WDPR board member, Linda Menz, said 30 candidates were considered for the position.
Matchmaking requires openness, compatibility, shared goals and maintaining a strong sense of identity. That’s the advice for public broadcasters looking to merge, as well as for doe-eyed sweethearts. CET in Cincinnati and ThinkTV in Dayton made the leap nearly three years ago, and by most accounts their union looks strong. The two stations, just 50 miles apart in separate southwestern Ohio media markets, are now incorporated as Public Media Connect and serve a region of 1.4 million households and more than 3.5 million people. Together they showed an operating deficit last year, as did many stations, but the budget gap has been shrinking and is projected to go positive this year.