Manager at community radio KBOO-FM in Portland, Ore., resigns

By Dru Sefton

Lynn Fitch, station manager of KBOO-FM in Portland, Ore., has resigned after losing support from the community radio station’s board of directors, reports the Portland Tribune.

On Sept.15, members of the KBOO Foundation elected four new board members, all recommended by the group Committee to Keep KBOO as KBOO, which opposed Fitch’s policies.

The previous board had promoted Fitch from development director to station manager last year,  when the station faced increasing financial pressures. “The board had given Fitch a mandate to change personnel and other policies,” the newspaper noted, “but those provoked a backlash at the alternative station, long a voice for music, news and public affairs programming not found elsewhere on the Portland radio dial.”

The station currently has about 4,850 paid members, down about 6 percent from last year, and no longer receives CPB funding.

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