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Sep 11, 2012 #113
Contact: Kristin Pitts
Patricia Cahill Named Chair of Corporation for Public Broadcasting Board
Cahill is the retired general manager of KCUR-FM, and a current UMKC professorRetired KC KCUR-FM General Manager and current UniUniversity of Missouri-Kansas City professor Patricia Cahill has been elected chair of the Board of Directors for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB).
She previously served as vice chair of the CPB board.Cahill was appointed to the CPB board by President Barack Obama and confirmed by the Senate in August 2009. At the time, Cahill was the first active public radio manager to be voted onto the Board of Directors of the CPB. The CPB is a non-profit corporation created by Congress to promote public broadcasting.
Earlier this year, Cahill retired after 25 years as general manager of KCUR-FM, UMKC's public radio station. Cahill still maintains her position as an assistant professor of Communication Studies at UMKC.
Over her 25 years at KCUR, Cahill helped shape the station into what it is today - a voice for Kansas City. When she started in 1987, the station had just 50,000 listeners a week. They were operating on a deficit.
Within one year, Cahill landed a $100,000 grant that brought the station out of debt. She also moved the station away from niche programs - like a half hour program in French, one that played only Indian movie music, and a program for preschool educators - toward local news.
The transformation was effective. Today, KCUR has about 150,000 listeners per week.
KCUR's new General Manager, Nico Leone, was drawn to KCUR largely because of what Cahill created - a station with strong financials, a commitment to quality journalism, and an excellent reputation. He said Cahill's appointment as chair reflects well on the station that she transformed into a vital Kansas City institution.
"This announcement, in many ways, is a testament to how well regarded KCUR is," Leone said. "It also, I'm sure, is reassuring to many broadcasters and listeners that someone with such depth of experience will be leading the board at a time when the very concept of public broadcasting faces an uncertain political future."
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