Gordon Bolar has been named station manager of the local pubic radio station WMUK 102.1-FM. Bolar, 62, of Kalamazoo, has been WMUK's development director since 2006. He replaces Floyd Pientka, who retired Monday after 10 years as station manager. More and more development directors are moving into the role of general manager at public radio stations, Bolar said.
"You can certainly justify it when funding is a real issue to do the things you want to do," he said. "The development director is in a position of looking down the road and planning in terms of grant deadlines and foundation reports. You get the long view."
WMUK draws about 40,000 listeners a week, he said, and historically, only 10 percent of listeners donate to a station's twice-annual fund drives... Gordon Bolar, development director for local public radio station WMUK 102.1-FM, elevated to general manager (Tue, 2/1)
CUMULUS MEDIA Top 40 WKFR PD KEN EVANS exits after five years at the station.
Said EVANS, "I want to thank OM MIKE MCKELLY for giving me the opportunity to solidify a heritage radio stations ratings, and then trusting me to increase them over my tenure. KFR was #1 18-34P and 25-54P over the past four years and just posted a #1 ranking of over 15 shares in both KALAMAZOO and BATTLE CREEK, the stations best overall numbers since the late '90s!"... Ken Evans Exits The PD Chair At WKFR (Wed, 2/2)