“The collapse of the economy. The death of newspapers. The destruction of community. The end of radio? We don’t think so,” says the National Federation of Community Broadcasters.
The NFCB says community stations are thriving as the group plans its annual meeting; this year the event is set for June 9-12 in St. Paul, Minn.
NFCB has a new president, Maxie Jackson, who began at NFCB this month. Jackson was most recently senior director program development of WNYC, New York Public Radio. Before joining WNYC, Jackson was radio program director for WETA(FM) in Washington and acting general manager of WEAA(FM), Baltimore.
Jackson replaces previous President/CEO Carol Pierson, who retired in 2009 after 12 years at the helm of NFCB.
Jackson will address the conference at the opening session and drop in on workshops and sessions, sitting down with NFCB members, getting member input and putting forth his ideas for the future of NFCB and community radio, according to the association.
Among the planned workshops are these topics: underwriting, community engagement and emergency preparedness.