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Wisconsin Public Media Names Heather L. Reese Interim Director

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Wisconsin Public Radio and PBS Wisconsin has named Heather L. Reese as their new interim director.

“WPR and PBS Wisconsin were founded on the principle that free and open access to information and education would make life better for everyone in Wisconsin,” Reese said in a statement on the Wisconsin Public Radio website. “Our mission has never been more vital and I look forward to sustaining that commitment during this transitional period.”

Reese takes over after the tragic and sudden passing of Gene Purcell due to a motorcycle accident in early August.

University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Provost John Karl Scholz said the following regarding Reese’s promotion:

“We’re all still grieving the sudden and tragic death of Gene, but it’s comforting to know that Heather is ready to step in as a leader. I can’t think of a better person to guide us through this transition.

“Heather is uniquely qualified for this position. In addition to serving as WPM’s director of strategic initiatives and compliance for four years, she was project manager for the division during the successful transition back to UW-Madison from UW-Extension in 2018. I look forward to continuing to work with her in this new, interim role.

Reese is a graduate of UW’s Law School.

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Radio Host John Fredericks Acquires Station 740 WVCH

Fredericks has acquired Christian station 740 WVCH in Chester, Pennsylvania for $500,000.

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Conservative talk show host station owner John Fredericks is adding another radio station to his portfolio.

According to Radio Insight, Fredericks has acquired Christian station 740 WVCH in Chester, Pennsylvania for $500,000.

Fredericks hosts Outside the Beltway which airs on the MAGA Radio Network in the Richmond, Virginia market.

WVCH is also heard on 95.3 W237EH Pennsauken NJ covering the city of Philadelphia itself. There is no word on whether that station is part of Fredericks’ deal.

Fredericks acquired WVCH through Disruptor Radio LLC from the Estate of Alice Moffit’s WVCH Communications Inc.

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NPR Criticized For Framing Michelle Wu’s Sworn In as ‘Disappointment’

Newsroom consultant Emma Carew Grovum reacted to NPR’s piece saying the story had merit but that the “framing was absolute trash.” 

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National Public Radio (NPR) is receiving lots of backlash for its reporting on a story about Boston’s first woman and Asian mayor Michelle Wu. The 36-year-old Democrat was sworn in Tuesday in a ceremony that was framed as a ‘disappointment’ to the outlet. 

“Michelle Wu, an Asian American, is the first woman and first person of color elected to lead the city,” NPR tweeted. “While many are hailing it as a turning point, others see it as more of a disappointment that the three Black candidates couldn’t even come close.” 

The article quotes a civil rights activist and resident who “cried their eyes out” simply because a Black candidate didn’t win the city’s mayoral election. 

“I mean the data speaks for itself, and it’s troubling,” former Massachusetts State Rep. Marie St. Fleur told NPR.

Newsroom consultant Emma Carew Grovum reacted to NPR’s piece saying the story had merit but that the “framing was absolute trash.” 

“Why must we pit POCs against each other in storytelling?” Grovum tweeted. “Why can’t we celebrate a woman of color who has just reached a massive milestone in her career?”

Marty Walsh, Boston’s first Black mayor, endorsed Wu after falling short in the 2021 mayoral primary.

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Audacy Lures Dave Labrozzi To Pittsburgh To Lead KDKA News Radio

“LaBrozzi will oversee the content strategy, talent, operations and branding for KDKA starting November 29th.”

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Audacy has announced the hiring of Dave LaBrozzi as Brand Manager of KDKA News Radio (KDKA-AM/100.1 FM) in Pittsburgh. LaBrozzi will oversee the content strategy, talent, operations and branding for the radio station starting November 29th.

“I am thrilled to be back in my favorite city and second home,” said LaBrozzi. “I consider it an honor to lead KDKA, a true legend in the industry. Thank you to Michael Spacciapolli for the opportunity to return to the city I love and lead an amazing group of talent on such a legendary station.”

LaBrozzi has nearly four decades of experience in radio, and most recently served as Vice President of Programming for WABC Radio in New York City. Prior to guiding WABC, he was Program Director of WPLJ-FM. In addition to his stint in New York, Dave spent 14 years working as the Vice President of Programming for CBS Radio’s Baltimore stations. His professional experience also includes programming stops in Nashville, Austin, San Antonio and Pittsburgh.

Labrozzi takes over a highly respected and successful brand, which had previously been managed by Jim Graci. Graci left the station in mid-August. He also had programmed 93.7 The Fan, the market’s leading sports brand, which will now be managed by Kraig Riley who received an internal promotion.

“As both KDKA and The Fan continue to evolve into full multi-platform operations serving our listeners in new ways every day it is clear that both stations need focused leadership,” said Michael Spacciapolli, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Audacy Pittsburgh. “The addition of Dave and promotion of Kraig will help us continue that evolution. There is an expectation of excellence at both stations from the city of Pittsburgh that I have no doubt Dave and Kraig will continue to build on every day.”

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