Rhode Island Public Radio (RIPR) announced today that Joe O'Connor, General Manager, will leave his current position at the end of January to be the General Manager of WFAE 90.7FM and President of the University Radio Foundation in Charlotte, NC.
Joe has led RIPR since joining in 2006 when the two AM stations that served as RI's NPR news station were owned by Boston University and operated by WBUR. Joe worked with RIPR's Board to achieve independence from BU in 2008, with RIPR becoming RI's only locally-based and focused NPR affiliate. He has overseen the growth of news coverage, original programming, as well as the expansion to three FM stations, an internet stream, smartphone app and updated website.
Specifically, RIPR has grown from 2006, when it was without a reporter, to a news room today that boasts four beat reporters, a general reporter, a political analyst and three on-air hosts all led by a news director. RIPR's newsroom has garnered 52 journalism awards. RIPR's budget was $800,000 in 2006, it is $2.6 million today. RIPR employs 22 staff, including a multi-person development office.
"I have enjoyed working closely with Joe for almost four years as he helped to build RIPR into the valuable and trusted public media organization it is today," said Ted Long, RIPR Board Chair. "We are proud of Joe's accomplishments and wish him every success with his new opportunity. We appreciate that Joe is leaving us with an excellent senior management team and very robust organization, poised to execute on its strategic plan and continue growth designed to better serve our listeners and community."
RIPR has commenced a national search for a new general manager. Marie Langlois and Adam Hamblett will serve as co-chairs of the search committee.
Susan Greenhalgh, Chief Operating Officer for RIPR, will serve as Interim General Manager upon O'Connor's departure. Greenhalgh has been with RIPR for 5 years.
Inquiries should be directed to Susan at email@example.com or by calling 401-519-0234.