FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Fridday, July 25th, 2014
Bresnahan Joins Illinois Valley Public Telecommunications Corporation and Illinois Public Media as President and CEO
Peoria, IL, July 25, 2014: WTVP, Public Media for Central Illinois, and the College of Media at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign announce today that Maurice “Moss” Bresnahan will join the teams at WILL and WTVP. He will serve as President and CEO of both entities starting in September, 2014.
Bresnahan brings with him extensive experience in public media serving in senior leadership roles with a variety of licenses in small and major market stations across the country. He has also been active in a number of public media and community associations. Most recently he was President and CEO of KCTS-TV which serves over 2.7 million viewers in Western Washington and British Columbia. Bresnahan is no stranger to Illinois. “My first job in public media was in the Quad Cities!” he stated.
The joint management agreement between WILL and WTVP began in the fall of 2013. A novel position, the cooperative executive leadership arrangement was designed to increase collaboration between the stations, benefiting the audiences and communities they serve. Under the leadership of current WTVP President and CEO, Chet Tomczyk, who is scheduled to retire in August, this arrangement has been a success.
“We have two great stations here and the staff at each is so dedicated and has such a great legacy,” Bresnahan said. “With the changing media marketplace and the digital world I think we’re in a great position to work together to really meet the new demands of public service that go along with public broadcasting; to find the efficiencies and strategies that can make public broadcasting more sustainable and more vital in these communities.”
Joe Strupek, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Illinois Valley Public Telecommunications Corporation, the governing body of WTVP added, “I’m excited about the possibilities. This isn’t about WTVP or WILL, it’s about central Illinois and providing educational and entertainment content and connectivity through public media and how we can take the next step to further connect with our audiences.”
“This was a complete unknown. We went into this not knowing what would or could happen. What has evolved is a tremendous partnership – between leadership, between the stations and the staffs. The next unknown was, would we be able to find someone who could take the idea we had and take it the next step. We are thankful to find in Moss - the individual who will be able to do that; who can take that step.”
College of Media Dean Jan Slater commented, “Moss has a lot of experience in public broadcasting from all avenues. More importantly he really gets public media and what the mission is. He’s seen it evolve and is committed to what it can be.”
“This partnership is groundbreaking. We’re not merging two stations. We’re keeping their strong local identity, but creating stronger public media through that. For a university licensee and a community licensee to be able to do the things we’ve done in a short amount of time has been more than we could have imagined. With this kind of momentum, we are thrilled about what the future holds.
WTVP-Public Media for Central Illinois has been serving the community since 1971 through broadcast, services and educational outreach. Now, WTVP also provides quality educational content to the world at www.wtvp.org, Facebook (facebook.com/wtvp.org) and Twitter (@WTVP).
The College of Media at the University of Illinois is a highly selective and internationally respected college where almost 1,100 undergraduate and graduate students are engaged in classes taught by distinguished scholars in media studies, world-renowned experts in advertising and consumer behavior, and award-winning journalists. The mission of the College of Media is to bring scholarship, professional expertise, and social responsibility to the growing domestic and global domains of mass media.
Illinois Public Media is a not-for-profit public media service of the College of Media at the University of Illinois, educating, entertaining, inspiring and empowering by airing the best of public television and radio programs, producing local content for broadcast and the Web, and working with community partners to address needs and concerns.
WILL-AM 580 offers a comprehensive alternative to quick-fix news through local and regional coverage as well as weather and agricultural news, and coverage from NPR and the BBC.
WILL-FM 90.9 offers programming to nourish the spirit and the mind, with classical music along with local news and NPR’s news magazines, “Morning Edition” and “All Things Considered.”
WILL-TV blends a core of PBS programming with locally produced documentaries and programs such as “Illinois Pioneers” and “Mid-American Gardener” that focus on central Illinois.
WILL Online at will.illinois.edu provides live streaming of the WILL-AM and WILL-FM signals; downloads and archives of news stories, local talk shows and agricultural market reports; weather maps and forecasts; an education site for parents, teachers and child care providers; and more information about WILL programs, services and projects.
For further information contact Stacey Tomczyk, WTVP Interim Program
Director, at (309) 495-0591 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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