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Change Afoot for Public Radio Program Directors

Search begins for successor to Arthur Cohen

Public Radio Program Directors Association President/CEO Arthur Cohen will retire later this year.

The association announced a search committee has convened to identify potential candidates.

A veteran public radio programmer and manager, Cohen’s retirement will cap a 35-year career in public media. Cohen has led the organization for eight years, though his relationship with PRPD dates back to 1989 when he joined the board and was a member for 10 years.

From 2004–2006, Cohen was a consultant to PRPD. Prior to his leadership position with PRPD, Cohen consulted stations on strategic management, program planning, audience research and organizational change. Cohen was vice president of Programming and Operations at WNYC, New York; vice president and general manager of Radio at WETA(FM) Washington; senior director of Programming at Minnesota Public Radio and president of the Radio Research Consortium before beginning his consulting business in 2002.

While stepping away from full-time work, Cohen intends to remain involved in the field with some advising and consulting activity.