Arthur Cohen, President/CEO (Term Ends December 31, 2014)
Arthur Cohen, veteran public radio programmer and manager, was named
PRPD president in September, 2006. The PRPD national office is based in
Hamilton, NY (near Syracuse). His association with PRPD dates back to
1989 when he joined the PRPD Board on which he served for 10
years. As a consultant to PRPD from 2004-06, he organized PRPD conferences
and developed the online PD Handbook
and Beyond the Basics
Well-known in the public radio system as a skilled programmer and
manager, Arthur came to the PRPD presidency from his company, Whole
Station Solutions, where he consulted to public media organizations in
the areas of strategic management, program planning, audience research
and organizational change. He holds an M.A. in Psychology from
California State University, Sacramento.
Arthur served as VP of Programming and Operations at WNYC,
New York, Vice President, VP and General Manager of Radio at WETA in Washington, DC,
Senior Director of Programming at Minnesota
Public Radio, and President of the Radio Research Consortium before launching his
consulting business in 2002. He began working in public radio in 1978
as General Manager of KVMR-FM, Nevada City and later KRBD FM,
Ketchikan, AK, and Director of Radio, Radio/TV Services at Washington
State University, Pullman, WA.
Jody Evans, President/CEO Designate (assumes office January 1, 2015)
Evans joins PRPD after working as President and CEO of Western North Carolina Public Radio, Inc., which operates WCQS-FM in Asheville, NC. She joined WCQS in 2010 and led a highly successful turnaround effort. In 4 years, Evans eliminated the community licensee’s debt through a successful partnership with the organizations’ Board of Directors and significant community leaders.
Prior to WCQS, Evans has been a national thought leader and successful programmer at Vermont Public Radio and KUT, Austin. Evans was a PRPD Board member from 2005-2009 and has long been a national thought leader in the areas of programming, development and effective public media organizations.
Evans has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mass Communications from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio.