Lee Ferraro to Depart WYEP 91.3 FM After Assisting Search For Successor

PITTSBURGH, Pa., May 31, 2012—Public radio station WYEP 91.3 FM announced today that general manager Lee Ferraro will leave the station after 16 years of growth in listenership, membership, and community leadership. Before departing his position, Ferraro will support the WYEP board in conducting a nationwide search for a successor. “We’re indebted to Lee not just for 16 years of extraordinary service, but for his eagerness to assure a smooth transition,” said WYEP Board Chair Linda McClintock. “We’re obviously sorry to see Lee moving on, but we respect his personal wishes and we’re grateful for the strong position in which he’s left this unique community asset.” During Ferraro’s tenure, WYEP’s weekly listeners grew from 45,000 to 95,000 and its membership increased from 3,000 to 6,000. Landmarks of his tenure also include:
  • Creating the Community Broadcast Center on Pittsburgh’s historic South Side, the first green, LEED-certified radio station facility, which has become a catalyst for expanded public service.
  • Introducing the WYEP Summer Music Festival, education programming for children, the “Live and Direct” recording series, and the iconic WYEP logo.
  • Securing strategic partnerships with the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, the Parks Conservancy, the Allegheny Regional Asset District, and other essential institutions.
  • Purchasing 90.5 FM from Duquesne University to assure the perpetuation of National Public Radio, BBC World News, and local news programming in the region.
In deliberating over his decision to move on, Ferraro wanted to complete the last and largest endeavor of his tenure: working with the Board and funders to create and secure the future of sister station Essential Public Radio 90.5 FM, the successor to station WDUQ. Essential Public Radio is co-located with WYEP in the Community Broadcast Center. “Sixteen years is a long time to be in a top leadership position of any organization,” Ferraro said. “Personal reflection tells me my tenure was made possible by the dedicated, passionate, and thoughtful board and staff of WYEP. My immediate plan is to assist the board in securing new leadership in this succession plan. Afterward I intend to take some time off to reflect on my experience at WYEP, though I intend to stay involved with public radio and will look for new challenges once my batteries are fully charged.” 

Board Chair McClintock said WYEP is planning a number of events to celebrate Ferraro’s lasting contribution and the station’s plans for continued growth and success. WYEP will be engaging in a nationwide search for the new general manager. About WYEP WYEP 91.3 is an independent public radio station in Pittsburgh, PA, featuring album adult alternative music programming and news from National Public Radio. WYEP is located in Pittsburgh’s historic South Side in the Community Broadcast Center, the industry’s first green, LEED-certified station.


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