Newly independent WYSO announces management team

WYSO General Manager Luke Dennis and station President Neenah Ellis. CONTRIBUTED.

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WYSO General Manager Luke Dennis and station President Neenah Ellis. CONTRIBUTED.

WYSO, Yellow Springs’s newly independent public radio station, has new management.

Earlier this month, the Federal Communications Commission approved the assignment of WYSO’s broadcast license from Antioch College to Miami Valley Public Media Inc., a community nonprofit organization.

Recently, the station announced that Neenah Ellis, formerly its general manager, now is station president and plans to launch a “Center for Community Voices.” And Luke Dennis, formerly the station’s development director, is now general manager.

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A seven-member board of trustees was established to provide governance for the newly formed 501(c)3, Miami Valley Public Media. That board is chaired by William Linesch, retired chief human resources officer and system vice president for Premier Health Network.

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In January, Antioch College first publicly announced a plan to assign WYSO’s public radio broadcast license to an independent community body, selling a radio station the college had owned since 1958. In return, the college was to receive $3.5 million as partial reimbursement for decades of ownership of the station. Fundraising had been well underway at the time of the announcement.

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