The Board of Trustees of Newark Public Radio, has promoted Amy Niles to president and CEO of NPR jazz station WBGO(FM). Stephen N. Ifshin, chairman of the Board of Trustees, made the announcement.
Niles joined the station in 2006 as senior vice president/chief operating officer. She has overseen several departments, including Development, Membership, Marketing and Programming.
In 2013 Niles served as acting president/CEO after President Cephas Bowles announced his pending retirement. She is credited with driving high audience numbers, increasing membership and strengthening the WBGO brand, as well as initiating financial, programming and strategic joint ventures with NJPAC, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Brooklyn Museum of Art and Gateway Center Newark, among others. Niles oversaw strategic planning efforts including introduction of new media and digitization; expansion of travel and special events, and the development of new nationally-syndicated programming in partnership with NPR. She was recently appointed to Newark Mayor Ras Baraka’s transition team for Arts and Culture.
“Cephas has been a tireless advocate for jazz and for this station,” Niles said of her predecessor.
As President and CEO, Niles is responsible for a $5.5 million operating budget and manages a staff of about 50 and a volunteer force of hundreds.