José A. Fajardo Named Pres./GM At Hawai'i Public Radio
March 10, 2016 at 4:03 AM (PT)
Former WMFE-F-TV/ORLANDO President and CEO JOSÉ A. FAJARDO is joining HAWAI'I PUBLIC RADIO as Pres./GM, succeeding MICHAEL TITTERTON, who will exit on JUNE 30th. FAJARDO, most recently EVP for the ORLANDO REGIONAL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE after overseeing the sale of PBS affiliate WMFE-TV to the UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL FLORIDA in 2012, will join HPR on MAY 16th to start the transition.
“It won’t be easy to follow the extraordinary tenure of MICHAEL, but after a comprehensive search process, we are convinced that JOSÉ has the right stuff to take HAWAI'I’s public radio forward,” said HPR Board Chair Dr. TYRIE JENKINS. “JOSÉ's impressive experience in expanding audiences and membership, while navigating the impacts of digital listening habits, make him uniquely qualified to lead HPR into the future. His upbringing in PUERTO RICO gives him a special affinity for island life, and we believe HAWAI'I’s communities will embrace him.”
FAJARDO said, “I am thrilled and honored to be selected as HAWAI'I PUBLIC RADIO’s new president and general manager. HPR has a long, successful history of connecting communities, respected local programs, and an extremely dedicated staff and Board. It’s a privilege to be advancing the great work already started by MICHAEL. I look forward to making HAWAI'I my new home.”
TITTERTON said, “Our Board is highly focused on taking HPR to the next level. They have selected a dynamic go-getter, who has solid public radio experience in a community-licensed station in AMERICA’s other great tourist destination. JOSÉ is as excited about coming to work with HPR as I am at the prospect of showing him around, and introducing him to the extraordinary people who have made HPR what it is today. And I’m delighted that his first appearance here will be during our spring on-air fundraiser. Now, THAT’s going to be fun!”