Jun 29, 2011

WMFE exec departs for development position at Newman's Hole in the Wall Camp

Catherine McManus, senior vice president and chief philanthropy officer at WMFE in Orlando, Fla., is leaving the station on July 8. She's accepted a position as chief development officer at Camp Boggy Creek, one of Paul Newman’s Hole in the Wall Camps for seriously ill children, in Eustis, Fla., reports the Orlando Sentinel. She is the daughter of Stephen McKenney Steck, the top executive at WMFE for decades who stepped down as president on Jan. 1, 2006. WMFE-TV is awaiting news on its pending sale to religious broadcaster Daystar Television (Current, April 18).

WTTW promotes Cameron to chief operating officer

WTTW in Chicago has a new chief operating officer, Greg Cameron, formerly its e.v.p. and chief development officer. He will continue to oversee development efforts for the organization, WTTW said in a statement, in addition to managing day-to-day operations for WTTW and 98.7 WFMT. Before arriving at the station in 2008, Cameron was deputy director and chief development officer at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago. He's also worked as director of foundation and corporate relations at the Art Institute of Chicago.

Montclair still wants to provide New Jersey news, its president says

Montclair University may have lost its bid to take over management of the New Jersey Network, but it's still moving ahead with plans to offer state-focused broadcasting, according to NJBiz. "Our interest in this hasn't declined," University President Susan Cole said. "We are going to continue to build our capacity in media and communications, even if we do it without a television license. We'll just move directly to a multimedia platform, to the Internet, and skip a step." NJN's transfer to a nonprofit subsidiary of WNET/Thirteen passed its final hurdle on Monday.

Ralph Jennings, radio man with a vision for WFUV

“You can sit around talking about stuff,” says Ralph Jennings, retiring g.m. of Fordham University's WFUV-FM, “or you can just get it done.” The New York Times profiles Dr. Jennings as he prepares to leave the station he managed for 26 years, transforming it from a student-programmed outlet into a CPB-qualified public radio music station employing 30 full-time professional staff and nearly 90 students. With 300,000 weekly radio listeners and 30,000 tuning in online, WFUV now ranks among the top 25 public radio stations in the country, the Times reports. Chuck Singleton, program director who has guided WFUV's newsroom, music schedule and digital content strategy, steps in as interim g.m. when Jennings officially signs off June 30.