KPCW names new GM
Veteran news broadcaster Renai Bodley to take the lead
The Park Record
Veteran news broadcaster Renai Bodley has been selected as KPCW’s new general manager. She will take the reins from retiring KPCW general manager Larry Warren on June 5. Bodley, who has been a KPCW news reporter for the past two years, also has 19 years of experience as a news director for Salt Lake City’s FOX 13 where she expanded the television station’s news programming from two to 10 hours a day.
In making the announcement on Tuesday, KPCW Board chairman Bob Richer said the selection was made after a nationwide search that drew 30 applicants. He acknowledged, though, the board suspected they already had the perfect candidate on staff.
“We knew we had a gem right down the hall but we felt we owed it to our staff, our listeners and to our supporters to find the absolutely best person for this job,” said Richer.
First and foremost, Richer said, the board was looking for an exceptional broadcast journalist. But the right applicant also needed to fit in with the community and be adept at administration and fundraising.
After interviewing several talented candidates, Richer said the board unanimously agreed that Bodley fit the bill.
Bodley, whose Virginia-tinged voice is already familiar to KPCW listeners, told The Park Record on Tuesday, that although her responsibilities at the station will shift toward management and financial sustainability, “Journalism is in my DNA.”
The new manager said there are no plans to change the current on-air format but she hopes to “enhance” the station’s political coverage and to present more live coverage of local events. She also wants to expand KPCW’s online presence.
“The news is no longer just 6 to 9 in the morning. The news is 24/7,” she said.
Bodley heaped praise on the current staff and volunteers, highlighting news director Leslie Thatcher.
Bodley also acknowledged her predecessor.
“Larry Warren took that station to a solid financial space. He expanded the news department and improved the infrastructure,” she said.
In an interview on KPCW, Warren said he is looking forward to retiring, but he added, that Park City’s public radio station is still facing financial challenges, especially in the wake of the federal government’s decision this week to “zero out” funding for the CPB (Corporation for Public Broadcasting) which contributes $150,000 annually to KPCW’s bottom line.
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