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EMF CEO Announces Retirement Plans

Mike Novak will retain his role until a replacement is named

Educational Media Foundation CEO Mike Novak has announced he will retire once the EMF board of directors has hired his successor.

“I know there is a season for everything and my season for leading this organization is coming to an end. I am looking forward to serving EMF in an emeritus role, staying involved in the broadcasting world, and spending more time with my amazing wife, Cheri, and my family,” Novak said in an announcement.

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Prior to joining EMF, Novak worked at several for-profit radio stations in major markets in California, his native state.

In 1982 Novak was the voice of K-LOVE, and he joined EMF full-time in 1998 as air talent, followed by stints as program director, network program director, vice president of programming, and senior vice president. He was named president and CEO in 2007; in this capacity, he oversees a staff of 400.

During his tenure as CEO, K-LOVE and Air1 added 200 stations and is now available in all 50 U.S. states.

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