WMFE gets new CEO from CPB in Wash­ing­ton

Orlando Sentinel - - LOCAL & STATE - By Hal Boedeker [email protected]­lan­dosen­tinel.com @no hands free

The vice pres­i­dent of ra­dio at the Cor­po­ra­tion for Pub­lic Broad­cast­ing in Wash­ing­ton will be the new pres­i­dent and CEO at 90.7 WMFE and sis­ter pub­lic ra­dio station 89.5 WMFV.

Erika Pul­ley-Hayes will as­sume her new role Jan. 13. The ra­dio sta­tions’ board of trustees an­nounced her ap­point­ment Wed­nes­day.

WMFE is con­duct­ing its fall silent drive with the goal of rais­ing $350,000.

The station said Wed­nes­day it’s about 70% of the way to the goal with about two weeks to go.

Pul­ley-Hayes suc­ceeds LaFon­taine

Oliver, who led the station since 2013 and re­turned to Bal­ti­more in July to guide pub­lic ra­dio station WYPR.

“WMFE|WMFV pro­vides an im­por­tant ser­vice to Cen­tral Florida, and this is an in­cred­i­ble op­por­tu­nity to build upon the qual­ity jour­nal­ism and pro­gram­ming this or­ga­ni­za­tion de­liv­ers to the com­mu­nity,” Pul­leyHayes said in a state­ment. “I am very ex­cited to join this team and con­tinue work­ing to en­hance the lo­cal ser­vice that en­gages au­di­ences across plat­forms.”

Since 2005, she has worked at

CPB, the non­profit over­see­ing the fed­eral gov­ern­ment’s in­vest­ment in pub­lic me­dia.

CPB sup­ports more than 1,500 lo­cally owned pub­lic TV and ra­dio sta­tions.

Pul­ley-Hayes has de­vel­oped ini­tia­tives to sus­tain and ad­vance the pub­lic ra­dio sys­tem across new plat­forms and through new busi­ness op­por­tu­ni­ties. She has man­aged daily op­er­a­tions, fi­nan­cial ad­min­is­tra­tion and grant pro­grams.

“We are ex­cited to wel­come Erika Pul­ley-Hayes to Cen­tral Florida,” WMFE|WMFV Board

Chair Anne E. Kel­ley said in a state­ment. “She is uniquely po­si­tioned to con­tinue her record of driv­ing in­no­va­tion, now on the lo­cal level, and to fur­ther our sta­tions’ mis­sion to en­gage new com­mu­ni­ties, both on our ter­res­trial air­waves as well as our grow­ing num­ber of dig­i­tal plat­forms.”

Pul­ley-Hayes has an MBA and an MS in non­profit man­age­ment from the Univer­sity of Mary­land Univer­sity Col­lege.

She also holds a BA from Wil­liam Pater­son Univer­sity in her home state of New Jersey. She has two adult sons.

to­tal agree­ment with the writer who dis­agrees with the “ti­tle” gentle­man. I cringe ev­ery time I hear a crim­i­nal, i.e. rapist, rob­ber, killer, or any­one else who com­mits crimes of vi­o­lence or other crimes re­ferred to as a gentle­man.

the dilemma about school start times. The lack of com­mon sense on be­half of the school board is mind bog­gling. The stu­dents are too tired to start school that early? Here’s a crazy thought…go to bed ear­lier!

at the driv­ers in newer model, some­times very ex­pen­sive ve­hi­cles — which are ob­vi­ously are equipped with Bluetooth ca­pa­bil­ity — still driv­ing around with a cell­phone being held to their ear with one hand. Not only is this un­law­ful, it’s also more dis­tract­ing and dan­ger­ous to them­selves and others. Come on, peo­ple! Sync your pre­cious cell­phones to your car Bluetooth and go hands free! If you can’t spare two min­utes to do this, take it to the dealer where you paid large sums of money for all the lat­est tech­nol­ogy and they’ll be glad to do it for you.

that nearly all the lo­cal fe­male TV an­chors think they have to add “ex­ten­sions” to their hair. Show some orig­i­nal­ity, in­stead of join­ing the clone club!

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