Board voting closed December 15th and the election results are official. Congratulations to returning Board members, Kim Fox and Rachel Hubbard! We are also pleased to welcome Rob Byers, AIR’s newest Director. Each of their terms are for three years and begin January 2021.
Rob loves working in audio! He has led live international broadcasts from foreign soil, recorded artists from Lizzo to Yo-Yo Ma, mixed beloved podcasts like Criminal and This is Love, and worked on shows like All Things Considered, Weekend America, Morning Edition, and the Peabody award-winning documentary Betrayed By Silence. Rob trained audio producers across the country with NPR Training and wrote educational guides for producers of all experience levels, including The Ear Training Guide for Audio Producers, The Audio Producer’s Guide to Loudness, and The Producer’s Handbook to Mixing Audio Stories. He also has co-authored various recommendations for loudness with the Audio Engineering Society. Rob is now the Director of Broadcast and Media Production at American Public Media and is one-third of the creative audio storytelling post-production team Final Final v2. Twitter: @RobByers1
Kim Fox is currently a professor of practice in the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication (JRMC) at The American University in Cairo (AUC) in Cairo, Egypt. She primarily teaches Audio Production and Multimedia Writing. She received both her B.S. and her M.A. degrees from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. Kim spent decades working in the U.S. radio industry at both commercial and public radio stations including WOUB AM/FM/TV in Athens, Ohio; WIZF in Cincinnati, Ohio; WBLK in Buffalo, New York; WAKR in Akron, Ohio; WOSU AM/FM/TV in Columbus, Ohio and more. Her service commitment includes AIR as well as the Broadcast Education Association (BEA) and others. In addition to teaching audio and podcasting, she conducts academic research on radio/audio/podcasting and is a consultant and mentor on podcast projects. Twitter: @KimFoxWOSU
Rachel Hubbard is a 20-year news veteran and serves as KOSU's executive director. She began her radio career while still in high school, reading obituary and hospital reports as a part-time announcer and board operator at KTJS in Hobart, Oklahoma. Hubbard continued her radio career in 1999, joining KOSU as a student reporter. Following graduation from Oklahoma State University in 2003, Hubbard served as the station’s state capitol reporter and news director. She was promoted to associate director in 2007, managing the day to day programming and news operations of KOSU. Hubbard spearheaded KOSU’s innovative collaboration with The Spy in 2012, giving a platform for local music and music otherwise not represented on the radio dial. She brought StoryCorps to Oklahoma City in 2018, allowing Oklahomans to share, record, and preserve their stories. She serves on the board of directors for the Association of Independents in Radio (AIR) and mentors young journalists through NPR’s Next Generation Radio Project. During her tenure at KOSU, Hubbard has won national awards for her news coverage from the Public Media Journalists Association, the Scripps Howard Foundation and Society for Professional Journalists. She has also received numerous state and regional journalism awards and has been named to Oklahoma Gazette’s Forty Under 40 and Oklahoma Magazine’s 40 under 40. Hubbard holds a Master’s of Entrepreneurship and a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Communications from Oklahoma State University. Twitter: @kosurachel