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Pierson Will Retire at NFCB

She has headed community radio group for 13 years

The National Federation of Community Broadcasters will be looking for a new president/CEO.

Carol Pierson, who has held that post for 13 years, will retire in January.

NFCB advocates on behalf of stations, producers and others involved in community radio. “Since Carol has been with NFCB, membership has grown by more than a third and she has brought a sense of unity to community radio,” the organization stated. “Her interests in diversity and expanding community radio have contributed to the establishment of two major projects: Native Public Media and the Latino Public Radio Consortium.” She also backed the LPFM movement and FCC’s 2007 window for new NCE stations.

Board Chair Debbie Benedict credited her with bringing “a sense of unity, community, transparency and cohesiveness to the organization and the stations involved” and said Pierson has also expanded the educational aspect of NFCB.

“Furthermore, Carol’s close ties to national organizations such as CPB, NPR, Prometheus Radio Project, the Future of Music Coalition and Public Radio Capitol have helped member stations secure funding and recognition for their work.”

Pierson was PD and director of radio productions at KQED(FM) prior to taking the top role at the NFCB. Before that she wore three hats — assistant station manager, director of operations and national programming director — at WGBH(FM) in Boston.