NPR Board of Directors Welcomes New Chair
WXPN General Manager and Member Director Roger LaMay begins one-year term as Chair in November
November 4, 2015, Washington, D.C. – Roger LaMay, General Manager of WXPN in Pennsylvania, has been elected by the NPR Board of Directors as Chair of the Board. He was recently re-elected to a second term on the Board in September of this year. He will continue his three year term as Member Director and start his term as Chair at today’s Board meeting in Washington, D.C. LaMay will continue to be based in Philadelphia.
"It's a great honor and responsibility to be elected to lead one of the world's leading fact-based journalism organizations,” LaMay said. “NPR is peerless in its impact on our culture and democracy."
A 30-plus year broadcast veteran, Roger LaMay joined WXPN, the non-commercial, member-supported radio service of the University of Pennsylvania, in January 2003. He is responsible for the overall operations of the station including fundraising, programming and marketing. During his tenure, WXPN forged a long-term partnership/distribution agreement with NPR and NPR Music, moved and expanded its annual summer music festival, and launched its popular Free at Noon live weekly concert series.
Additionally, under LaMay’s leadership the station completed construction of the station’s state-of-the-art studio and headquarters that opened in 2004 in a unique partnership with World Cafe Live®, the performance venue named for WXPN’s flagship program that is located in the same building; acquired new broadcast licenses in Central Pennsylvania and Northwest New Jersey/Northeast Pennsylvania, effectively tripling the station’s geographical broadcast coverage; acquired the annual NON-COMMvention, making WXPN the host for the premier conference for non-commercial music stations; and championed community and business partnerships that have helped establish WXPN as an essential cultural component and resource in the greater Philadelphia area.
LaMay co-founded and was elected Chairman of VuHaus.com, the music video website collaboration launched by six public radio stations in May 2015. He was recently elected to a second term as Member Director of the NPR Board. He is also a former Chairman of the Board of Greater Public, public media's development and marketing trade association. Previously, he served as general manager and news director of Fox29/WTXF-TV in Philadelphia. He holds a Master of Science degree in Organizational Dynamics from the University of Pennsylvania, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Skidmore College.
NPR's 16-member NPR Board of Directors is comprised of 10 NPR Member Station managers (elected by their fellow Member Stations); five public members (elected by the Board and confirmed by Member Stations); the chairman of the NPR Foundation; and the president and CEO of NPR. The Board – chaired by Roger LaMay, General Manager of WXPN in Philadelphia, – guides the direction of NPR by setting policies and overall strategy, providing financial oversight and monitoring performance.
NPR connects to audiences on the air, online, and in person. More than 26 million radio listeners tune in to NPR each week and more than 30 million unique visitors access NPR.org each month making NPR one of the most trusted sources of news and insights on life and the arts. NPR shares compelling stories, audio and photos with millions of social media users on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, YouTube and Snapchat; NPR News and NPR One apps, online streaming, podcasts, iTunes radio and connected car dashboards help meet audiences where they are. NPR's live events bring to the stage two-way conversations between NPR hosts and the audience in collaboration with the public radio Member Station community. This robust access to public service journalism makes NPR an indispensable resource in the media landscape.
WXPN, the nationally recognized leader in Triple A radio and the premier guide for discovering new and significant artists in rock, blues, roots and folk, is the non-commercial, member-supported radio service of the University of Pennsylvania. WXPN produces World Cafe, public radio’s most popular program of popular music, hosted by David Dye and syndicated by NPR, and the Peabody Award-winning Kids Corner by Kathy O’Connell. WXPN also produces XPoNential Radio on XPN2 as its secondary radio channel in HD that is also available online. WXPN serves the greater Philadelphia area at 88.5 FM, the Lehigh Valley at 104.9 FM, Worton/Baltimore at 90.5 FM, Lancaster/York at 88.7 FM, Harrisburg at 99.7 FM, Northeastern PA and Northwestern NJ at 91.9 FM, and the world via online streaming at XPN.org.