Jacobs lecturer Cary Boyce appointed General Manager at Spokane Public Radio

Congratulations to Cary Boyce, alumnus composer and Jacobs School adjunct lecturer in Music in General Studies, who has been named president and general manager of Spokane Public Radio in Spokane, WA. Boyce joins Spokane Public Radio following seven years as WFIU Public Radio’s operations and production manager.

Spokane Public Radio Press Release:

Spokane Public Radio Announces New General Manager

July 21, 2012

Spokane, WA– Following a national search, Dr. Cary Boyce has been named president and general manager of Spokane Public Radio. Boyce was chosen after a careful vetting of national and local candidates by the station’s search committee. “We had a pool of high-quality individuals and feel we have the right person to lead the organization into the future,” said Search Committee Chair and SPR Board President Tom Parker. “Cary brings nearly 20 years of experience in the operations, management, and funding of public radio and we are thrilled he has accepted the position. I am very excited and unbelievably optimistic that SPR has a bright future with Cary leading the team.” Boyce will officially begin September 1.

Dr. Boyce comes to SPR from WFIU, Indiana Public Media, where he acted for the past seven years as the station’s operations and production manager. His extensive public radio experience with WFIU includes not only broadcast, production, and syndication experience, but work on expansion of integrated media in the service of public broadcasting as well. Boyce is also an active composer and musician, and an Emmy Award winner for original music composed for the PBS documentary Harp Dreams in 2011. He has been the recipient of numerous music grants, including awards from the Pew Charitable Trust, National Endowment for the Arts, and Arts International. Dr. Boyce is co-founder of the innovative music company, Aguava New Music Studio, which has garnered awards and accolades from around the world. “Dr. Boyce’s public radio experience coupled with his commitment to the arts fits the station’s mission perfectly,” said Parker.

“It’s a pleasure and an honor to accept the general manager position for Spokane Public Radio,” stated Dr. Boyce. “Public media on the whole is experiencing a sea of change in operations, production, and of course our funding models…but the vision and value of public broadcasting remain the same.” Boyce noted that with great challenges come great opportunities. “With a strong and loyal crew, and the support of the listeners and communities it serves, SPR is well poised to face these challenges. Together, we will find a path to a bright and sustainable future.”

Boyce will take the leadership role in working with the board of directors on development, maintenance of the station’s mission, and coordination and implementation of long-range and strategic plans. His priorities include a review of current operations and programming, identifying ways to expand listenership and increase revenue, and getting to know the communities that SPR serves. “For the first year, I’ll spend a great deal of time listening,” Boyce said. “I will visit the communities throughout the listening region and seek out the opinions and perceptions of our listeners and partners.”

Parker explained, “The board chose Dr. Boyce for his proven range of abilities to expand and emphasize listener, donor, and business relationships while developing and executing strategic ways forward. He has a long record of success in the multiple directions that public media is heading.”

Boyce replaces Richard Kunkel who over the past 22 years expanded SPR from one station to three, secured federal funding to convert outlying translators into transmitters, and advanced the station’s HD channels.

“The board, the staff, and the community are enthusiastic about the possibilities that lie ahead for us,” said Parker. “With a rich history, a strong mission, and the fresh vision that Dr. Boyce brings, there isn’t anything that the organization can’t accomplish.”

Spokane Public Radio stations KPBX 91.1, KSFC 91.9, and KPBZ 90.3 are the primary sources of music and arts information, humanities programming, and world, national, state, regional and local news across a 20,000 square mile area including north central and eastern Washington, northern Idaho, western Montana, southeast British Columbia, and parts of northeastern Oregon. SPR is the region’s NPR affiliate with a staff of 28 full and part-time employees, an annual budget of $1.8 million, and a cume of more than 70,000 weekly listeners.

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