Feb 2, 2009

San Diego State's KPBS gets new g.m.

Tom Karlo is the new general manager of KPBS, the fifth in the nearly 50-year history of the San Diego State University station. He's been assistant g.m. since 1992 and began at the station as a student intern three decades ago. He also is the vice chair of the California Public Television Board of Directors.

Three days of Triple A music in Philly

Philadelphia's WXPN opened early bird registration for the 9th annual NON-COMMvention, a May 28-30 conference featuring music showcases and sessions on the business of programming, funding and marketing Triple A music stations. 'XPN is hosting the conference at its studios and the adjacent World Cafe Live concert venue on the campus the University of Pennsylvania. There's no increase in last year's bargain-rate registration fees. Hotel information and conference schedule are to be announced soon.

OMN founder Mike Homer succumbs

Mike Homer, long-time Silicon Valley executive and founder of the Open Media Network, passed away yesterday. NPR's Dennis Haarsager, who collaborated in developing the online video distribution system that Homer attempted to donate to pubcasting, writes: "Although we weren't successful in Mike's ultimate dream of giving this to a national public broadcasting organization, I'm convinced that we will eventually (and, I hope not too late) come to see Mike's vision as important part of public media's future."