Colorado Public Radio’s new president is veteran public radio leader Stewart Vanderwilt

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Stewart Vanderwilt. (Photo: Jorge A Sanhueza-Lyon)

Stewart Vanderwilt. (Photo: Jorge A Sanhueza-Lyon)

Colorado Public Radio's search for a successor to retiring president Max Wycisk is over. The station today announced Stewart Vanderwilt as its new president.

Vanderwilt has more than 30 years of experience as a leader in public radio, CPR said in the announcement. He spent 18 years as the director and general manager of KUT 90.5, Austin's NPR station, and KUTX 98.9, The Austin Music Experience. He also spent 15 years in various roles at Indiana Public Radio.

 “Colorado Public Radio is already a leader in the public radio industry and across Colorado, as evidenced by its statewide reach, strong membership base and dedicated staff,” Vanderwilt said in a press release. “I’m honored to have the opportunity to contribute my expertise in content creation, management and fundraising to help CPR further its mission and become an even more vital resource to the Colorado community.”

Wycisk retires on June 30. He became CPR's president in 1978 after working as an on-air announcer and program director at CPR’s flagship station when it was connected with the University of Denver.

“Stewart is the right fit for CPR and will be a great addition to the Colorado media scene,” Dean Salter, chair of the board, said in a statement. “His extensive experience and demonstrated ability to manage and grow a large public radio organization will serve us well. The board looks forward to working with him to expand CPR's engagement with and service to the citizens of Colorado, building on the solid foundation created during Max Wycisk's more than four decades of leadership.”

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