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President and CEO

Posted: February 12, 2024

WAMC/Northeast Public Radio (WAMC) seeks a visionary and collaborative leader to serve as its President and Chief Executive Officer (President/CEO). 

Established in 1982, WAMC is an award-winning, independent, regional, non-commercial 501(3), public radio network based in Albany, New York that serves parts of seven northeastern states, including New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Vermont, New Jersey, New Hampshire, and Pennsylvania, as well as parts of Canada. A member of National Public Radio (NPR) and an affiliate of Public Radio Exchange (PRX), WAMC operates 24 hours a day, every day of the year, with stations and translators in twenty-nine locations throughout the region.

With over 450,000 monthly listeners, WAMC ranks among the most-listened-to public radio stations in the United States. WAMC’s listeners are dedicated to the content it provides; 84% of WAMC listeners prefer WAMC over all other radio stations according to a 2022 National Public Radio Listener Profile. The organization has more than 50 employees, it runs six news bureaus throughout its listening area and operates out of a state-of-the-art broadcast center in Albany, the capital of New York State. WAMC produces the vast majority of its programming in-house, which is a rarity in public radio and a true point of pride for the station’s talented staff and devoted listeners. WAMC’s National Productions creates programming that is heard on stations across the country. Its news coverage has garnered recognition from the industry; for the past four consecutive years – 2023, 2022, 2021, and 2020 – WAMC has received a prestigious Regional Edward R. Murrow Award. More than a radio station, WAMC is a public media enterprise, streaming its programs online, producing weekly podcasts for download and distribution, and maintaining a significant web presence through WAMC.org and the WAMC app.

WAMC seeks a President/CEO who will embrace its passion for independent, high-quality, and accurate information; its investment in local news; and its mission to provide in-depth, dynamic and well-informed civic, educational, and cultural programming. Working with the Board, staff, and stakeholders of WAMC, the new CEO will craft and execute a vision and strategy for WAMC that is enterprising and sustainable. The President/CEO will be a forward-thinking and experienced executive, a sophisticated manager of human and financial resources, and a leader committed to open communication, the free exchange of ideas, mutual respect, and transparency as befits an organization devoted to information-sharing and informed discourse. Given that this is a time of dynamic change in the industry, it will be important that the next leader have an openness and a willingness to chart new courses in content, delivery platforms, revenue streams, marketing, and audience engagement while maintaining WAMC’s unique community-driven programming. 

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