The National Voice of America Museum in West Chester, Ohio, has appointed two new members to its board of directors. They are Clyde Gray and Joe Gruber.
“These two men will be a great asset to our board because of their creativity and passion,” said Ken Rieser, president of the VOA museum board of directors.
Gruber started with Intel in 1980. During his 34-year career, he presented at hundreds of domestic and international technical events and was involved in driving the Intel Inside brand. He developed a broad expertise covering product and service development, strategic partnerships and marketing and sales strategy and management. Gruber is also a General Class amateur radio operator, as well as an engineer.
Gruber is now involved with several Internet start-up businesses and is a managing partner at Laugh Publishing, LLC, which produces and manages media and advertising content for web properties with a focus on comedic entertainment.
“Technology was cool then and still gets me excited. VOA has a unique history that’s based on pioneering and innovation, just like NASA and Intel,” said Gruber. “The VOA brand and story offers a great opportunity to motivate and inspire our next generation of scientists and engineers.”
Gruber has already made an impact promoting the VOA museum’s profile among amateur radio aficionados. He was part of a WCARA group effort to create hands-on demonstrations for the Lakota School District’s Pi Day, which helped educate about 2,000 Lakota students about basic radio-related STEM topics of magnetism, basic electricity and radio wave theory.
Clyde Gray had a 37-year career as a television news journalist, beginning his career at WXII in Winston-Salem, N.C., his hometown. He worked at WLWT(TV) in Cincinnati from 1979 through the 1980s, leaving for a stint from 1983–85 as a reporter at WBAL(TV) in Baltimore. He moved to WCPO(TV) in 1991, where he anchored the evening news and worked with its investigative reporting unit. Gray also has served on the board of trustees of the Scripps Howard Foundation.
Since retiring from broadcasting in August 2014, Gray has devoted his time to running the consultancy he founded, Blackboard Marketing.
“As a journalist, I was attracted to the VOA museum because of the VOA’s history as an accurate, effective news organization,” said Gray. “As a history buff, I think we’ll be able to tell some great stories and spark an interest in our younger generation about the importance of accurate, unbiased reporting and press freedom.”
The VOA Museum is currently undergoing renovation, but is open to the public on the third Saturday of each month from 1 to 4 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults and $1 for children under 12.