Kevin E. Martin Named President/CEO Of Cleveland Pubcaster ideastream
December 1, 2016 at 6:20 AM (PT)
IDEASTREAM, the operator of NPR affiliate WCPN, Classical WCLV, and PBS affiliate WVIZ-TV/CLEVELAND, has named KQED INC./SAN FRANCISCO SVP/COO KEVIN E. MARTIN as its new Pres./CEO, replacing the retiring JERRY WAREHAM as of JANUARY 9th. MARTIN has been in public broadcasting management since 1990, starting at the INDEPENDENT TELEVISION SERVICE as Director of Finance and Administration, then worked at TWIN CITIES PUBLIC TELEVISION, NORTH TEXAS PUBLIC BROADCASTING, and the CORPORATION FOR PUBLIC BROADCASTING as VP of Station Grants and Television Station Initiatives.
“The pioneering work of IDEASTREAM as a multiple media public service organization is nationally known and universally admired,” said MARTIN, “The foundation that JERRY WAREHAM and KIT JENSEN have built has positioned IDEASTREAM to easily adapt to the rapidly changing ways in which NE Ohioans are consuming media. What has been developed in CLEVELAND is a model being adopted by public media across the county. It is my privilege to join the great team at IDEASTREAM and help continue the great work.”
“KEVIN’s name is on everyone’s list of potential candidates for leadership roles in public broadcasting and we are very fortunate he has chosen to join us in CLEVELAND,” said Volunteer Chair of the IDEASTREAM Board of Trustees KEVIN MCMULLEN.
Volunteer Vice Chair and Secretary JULIE RASKIND, who chaired the search committee, added, “Our Committee was taken with KEVIN from the very first interview last summer. At each stage of our thorough process he stood out as a candidate. We are grateful to our search consultant ANN BLINKHORN of BLINKHORN LLC who did a great job for us.”
“KQED is among the leading public media organizations in the country with public television, public radio and pioneering applications of new media for education and public service,” said COO KIT JENSEN. “I look forward to working with KEVIN. His experience at KQED and elsewhere will immediately benefit the work of IDEASTREAM.”
WAREHAM said, “I am thrilled that our great committee of volunteer Trustees were successful in recruiting KEVIN MARTIN as the next President and CEO of IDEASTREAM. It will be an honor to work with him during a transition period and to continue to support IDEASTREAM in the future.”