Friday, June 20, 2014

WMNF fires station manager Sydney White

Posted By on Fri, Jun 20, 2014 at 5:39 PM

Almost exactly two years after Sydney White began as general manager at WMNF radio, the community station has fired him. The news was delivered to the public via an email to listeners by Nancy Johnson, the station's board of directors pr
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esident. And White is not happy at all about how it all went down.

This marks the second consecutive station manager whose tenure at WMNF 88.5 FM ended much earlier than anyone anticipated. Jim Bennett quit back in September of 2011, less than three years after he had left the west coast to run the station. Rumors were rife at that time were that if he hadn't quit he would have been sacked as well. 

White had been involved in public broadcasting for decades before taking the helm at 88.5 FM in 2012. He worked for over 16 years with NPR in various roles, including Manager for Station Projects, where he designed and managed NPR’s Station Enhancement projects. He also provided in-house consulting [technical, managerial and organizational] assistance to NPR member stations and to new stations seeking to join the network. 

In an interview with the station's Sean Kinane, White said he was mystified about why he had been terminated. "I don't think I've done anything wrong. I think I've worked my tail off in my time there, my two years. And so I kind of resent the way this thing went down. And quite frankly, life goes on. I've had a long career in this business. So I can't make this be a blot on my reputation. They tried to make me go away like a thief in the night for some money. And I said, 'No, that's not my style.'"

CL had heard early on in White's tenure that things weren't going well, which leads one to question what exactly the board is looking for in their selection process. 

Cindy Reichard, the Director of Finance and Adminstration, has been named Interim General Manager. 

(This reporter currently hosts a 30-minute talk show on WMNF on Thursday afternoons, and previously served as assistant news director for 9.5 years at the station).

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