FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, September 4th, 2013
Tomczyk Joins Illinois Public Media as
Peoria, IL, September 3, 2013: WTVP, Public Media for Central Illinois, and The
College of Media at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign announce today that Chet Tomczyk
will join the team at Illinois Public Media (WILL TV, AM and FM). He will serve as Interim General
Manager starting September 3, 2013. He brings with him over 40 years of media experience, the last
19 at WTVP in Peoria.
Tomczyk will not be leaving his current position of President and CEO at WTVP, but
will instead be splitting his time between the two properties as a shared administrator. Tomczyk stated,
“This collaboration offers an unprecedented opportunity for two neighboring public broadcasting entities
to jointly increase their relevance and value to the many communities they serve. I am excited by the
possibilities and honored to be associated with the WILL stations.”
College of Media Dean Jan Slater commented, “WILL and WTVP have strong programming and
community support and will retain their independence. This unique cooperative administrative
arrangement increases the opportunities to broaden the collaborative efforts that are already underway
between the two stations, benefiting the viewing audiences and communities across the coverage area.
Chet is a veteran in the public broadcasting arena. Illinois Public Media is a strong, vibrant set of
stations and with Chet serving in this interim role, I have every confidence that we can maintain and
hopefully enhance its level of excellence in service to the communities in our viewing area.”
Joseph Strupek, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Illinois Valley Public
Telecommunications Corporation, the governing body of WTVP added, “This partnership offers a tremendous
opportunity for WTVP and WILL to explore new ways to connect with Central Illinois communities to meet
their news, education and entertainment needs. The board of trustees is looking forward to working with
WILL and Chet on behalf of our collective viewing areas.”
The previous General Manager of Illinois Public Media, Mark Leonard, accepted a new
position this summer as General Manager and CEO of Nebraska Educational Telecommunications in Lincoln.
Upon his departure, Leonard commented, “I believe there are exciting possibilities for building deeper
partnerships with WILL's peer public radio and television stations throughout Illinois." This unique
leadership arrangement between WILL and WTVP is one such partnership.
For further information contact Stacey Tomczyk, WTVP Promotion Director, (309) 495-0594 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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