Wally Bowen, executive director of the Mountain Area Information Network, today announced an interim station manager for Asheville’s low-power FM radio station, WPVM. Kim Clark, the former program director at the popular public radio station WNCW, which is based at Isothermal Community College, is the new WPVM manager.
Bowen also said that nine WPVM volunteers who “simply don’t seem to be able to accept” the MAIN board’s decision regarding management of the station have been asked to stay away from the station for at least six weeks to allow Clark to do her job. MAIN, a nonprofit Internet service provider, holds the WPVM broadcast license.
Some WPVM volunteers have been upset with Bowen since last fall, when he dismissed volunteer Gillian Coats, saying she had continually questioned MAIN’s right to manage the station. At the time, a number of volunteers protested during their on-air shows or simply stopped volunteering.
Volunteers have also continued to push for a new management structure for the radio station, and made a presentation to MAIN’s board on Feb. 10. The board listened to the presentation, but said that it would ask Bowen to develop a new station-management plan. For a full report on that meeting, see Wednesday’s edition of the Mountain Xpress.
See the full press release regarding Clark, from the WPVM Web site, below.
— Jason Sandford, multimedia editor
Kim Clark, former program director at public radio WNCW, has been named interim station manager for WPVM.
For more than 10 years at WNCW, Kim worked in virtually all aspects of this grassroots, nonprofit radio station, from technical operations and audio production, to news gathering and fundraising. During this time, she gained extensive experience in managing and working with volunteers.
In 2005, she wrote, edited, and co-produced Strike — a documentary series about the 1929 Marion textile strike. The program met with wide acclaim and is now in the permanent collection of the N.C. Textile Museum. In February, 2008, she led the creation of a daily, locally-produced newscast for WNCW.
More recently, she co-produced a promotional film about PopAsheville that will be shown at the 2009 South-By-Southwest music, film and interactive media festival in Austin, Texas. She is also helping to lead an oral history and documentary project for McDowell County.
Kim is a native of Morganton, N.C. and a cum laude graduate of UNC-Charlotte.
“We are extremely fortunate to find someone with Kim Clark’s experience in grassroots, community radio who is willing to help lead at this transitional moment in our organization’s history,” said Wally Bowen, executive director of MAIN.
Bowen called for a cooling-off period for those volunteers who oppose the board’s Feb. 10 decision not to change MAIN’s bylaws and restructure the organization. “It’s time to turn the page, support our new manager, and move forward,” he said.
The MAIN board of directors unanimously approved an updated strategic vision on Jan. 6, 2009. Bowen will present “MAIN 2.0″ at 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 23 in Pack Library’s Lord Auditorium. END