Roe Takes Helm At WDAV
July 1, 2008 at 5:37 AM (PT)
NATIONAL PUBLIC RADIO Director of Music and Music Initiatives BENJAMIN K. ROE is joining DAVIDSON COLLEGE noncommercial Classical WDAV/DAVIDSON, NC-CHARLOTTE as GM, replacing the retiring KIM HODGSON. ROE, a former Senior Producer for Music at NPR, is starting his new position TODAY (7/1).
DAVIDSON COLLEGE President THOMAS W. ROSS said, "WDAV is an important public 'face' for DAVIDSON COLLEGE, and it has a 30-year history of excellence and commitment to the arts community in DAVIDSON and the CHARLOTTE region. BEN ROE brings to DAVIDSON experience in both 'old' and 'new' media, as well as a personal affinity for music and the arts. We are delighted with this appointment, and we are confident that BEN's extensive experience in public media, as well as his personal commitment to academic rigor and intellectual vitality, will provide exciting new opportunities for DAVIDSON, WDAV and our broad community of listeners."
ROE said, "I am delighted and honored to be joining WDAV, a station I have long admired for its solid programming, nationally recognized staff, and first-rate facilities. KIM HODGSON has done an outstanding job of putting all of the building blocks in place for us now to imagine and create an exciting future for WDAV: a world where we can build on the well-developed traditions and core values of public radio—as well as the academic range, rigor and reputation of DAVIDSON COLLEGE -- to develop classical and cultural content of signature quality for CHARLOTTE and the nation.”
NOR Pres. KEVIN CLOSE added, "BEN ROE is one of public radio’s finest all-round producers and innovators in programming for listeners everywhere. He is widely recognized as a genius at creative, artistic collaboration on behalf of stations and their listeners, having brought hundreds of hours of live and recorded performances to audiences across the nation and around the globe. Widely and deeply informed about all aspects of classical music and its important sibling, music for film, BEN ROE continues the outstanding leadership tradition at WDAV, one of AMERICA's most revered and honored public radio stations."