Board of Directors
PRPD is governed by a Board of Directors elected by the membership. Elections are held annually for rotating 4 year terms, with a limit of two consecutive elected terms.
Current PRPD Board of Directors (April 2017-April 2018)
* = reaches term limit
Amazingly, as he looks so young, Hawk Mendenhall now has over 40 years of radio experience in public and commercial radio…just too many stations to mention but is currently the Director of Content and Broadcast at KUT and KUTX in Austin, Texas, where he has been the last 16+ years. Along the way he has been both a commercial and public radio PD, Music Director, Production Director, Morning Zoo Host, News Producer, Reporter and a chicken suit wearing mascot. He has served two stints on the PRPD board including as Treasurer and Board Chair. He’s ridden a bike across Texas South to North and also West to East, he is though no longer doing mascot work due to advancing age and…uhhh…maturity.
Jon Hoban is the Chief Content Officer at KJZZ in Phoenix. Jon manages content across all platforms and is the Executive Producer and creator of KJZZ’s Original Productions. Jon has over two decades of public media experience as station manager and executive producer at Michigan Radio, Deputy Director of Louisville Public Media, and Director of News at WHYY. His experience includes programming, on-air staff coaching and local and national show development.
Bill Lueth is the president of Classical KDFC in San Francisco, and the Vice President of USC Radio and KDFC in Los Angeles.
While working on his Masters in Opera he started in public radio as a classical host, and Program Director at KUSC in Lincoln, NE.
A couple years later he moved to San Francisco to be the morning host of a classical music station there, eventually adding PD stripes a few years after. Bill spent the next 20+ years in SF commercial radio as a host and manager in multiple formats including news, talk, country, rock and classical. Bill started with KDFC 1997 as morning host and PD, and by 1999 this classical station was the highest rated music station in San Francisco. Bill became the President of KDFC when it became a public station in 2011, and started working with it's sister station KUSC a year later. KUSC has now become the most-listened to classical station for the last two years.
Matt Abramovitz, PD, is responsible for everything that happens on the air at WQXR. On any given day, he works with the staff on the daily playlists, hosting, production pieces and specialty shows. Matt caught the broadcasting bug as a high school intern at WBGO in Newark, New Jersey. After managing his college station and taking a slight detour through a history doctoral program, he returned to radio in 2001 when he joined the new company Sirius Satellite Radio. At Sirius he oversaw multiple music formats, ranging from jazz and blues to soft rock and all-Bruce Springsteen. Matt joined WNYC in 2009 and helped launch WQXR as a newly minted public radio station after its acquisition from the New York Times that summer.
Ben first became a public radio listener in the car on his way to preschool -- and not necessarily by choice. He made his radio debut (and blatant early mistakes) at Northwestern University's student radio station, WNUR. There, he spent much of his time broadcasting sports; a news internship at Chicago Public Radio gradually helped bring him over from the "dark side." He spent the summer of 2003 broadcasting Minor League Baseball in Great Falls, Montana, before turning full-time to public radio. After several years covering the Monterey Bay Area for NPR member station KAZU, he joined Capital Public Radio in August 2007.
Since then, Ben has reported on the 2008 Sacramento Mayor's Race and won a regional Edward R. Murrow Award for his continuing coverage of Sacramento's homeless "tent city" along the American River. After stints as a local reporter and All Things Considered host, Ben moved to Capital Public Radio's Capitol Bureau in February 2011, where his love of politics made him a natural fit. Now, as Capitol Bureau Chief, he oversees coverage of California politics and government, which is distributed to NPR stations across the state through the Capital Public Radio Network (CPRN).
Ben was selected to be part of NPR's Political Reporting Partnership with member station reporters in the 2016 election cycle. He also contributes political reporting and analysis to Sacramento's local ABC TV station.
Jacqueline Cincotta has been the Program Director of WNYC FM, AM and the four stations that comprise New Jersey Public Radio since 2012. Returning to radio, following rewarding careers in advertising and as a Macintosh computer consultant, Jacqueline started with WNYC’s newly relaunched Listener Services team in 2002. Communicating firsthand with listeners about all aspects of WNYC programming and membership provided her with a deep understanding of listener perspectives and impressions. That lens informs her philosophy and decisions as a programmer and listener advocate. As Program Director, Jacqueline has led the station through several aggressive schedule changes that increased overall listening. She works extensively on the strategic planning, messaging and execution of WNYC’s successful on-air fundraisers, ongoing membership efforts, and promotional initiatives and branding.
Jacqueline is committed to, and optimistic about, the continued success and expansion of public radio in an increasingly competitive and challenging multi-platform environment.
Kerri Hoffman is the CEO of PRX, a leading creator and distributor, connecting audio producers with their most engaged, supportive audiences. She played a key role in the building and evolution of PRX, and headed up the launch of Radiotopia, a podcast collective of 18 diverse, independent, story-driven shows, anchored by 99% Invisible from Roman Mars.
Fred Jacobs is President of Jacobs Media, a research and consulting firm devoted to guiding media companies in the age of digital disruption. The company has provided guidance to brands throughout North America for 33 years, including commercial radio, public radio, and digital media companies.
Prior to founding his own company, Fred taught radio production courses at Michigan State University, before joining Frank N. Magid Associates where he served as Director of Research for the firm’s Radio and Publishing Divisions.
He worked for ABC Radio as Director of Research for the company’s Owned and Operated FM Stations, and served as Program Director at then ABC-owned WRIF (Detroit).
In Jacobs Media’s early years, Fred became best known as the face of the Classic Rock radio format.
The company’s Techsurveys have provided ground-breaking data about the radio broadcasting industry’s digital challenges and opportunities for the past 13 years. Separate studies are conducted for commercial radio, public radio, and Christian radio.
Jacobs Media has co-produced three DASH Conferences, bringing radio together with the automotive industry. This past January at CES, the company organized an industry first – a CEO/CES Tour geared exclusively for radio executives.
Fred’s mobile app company, jācapps, has been at the forefront of facilitating radio integration in the mobile revolution. In eight years, jācapps has developed more than 1,000 apps on both the Apple and Android platforms, generating more than 28 million downloads. In 2013, jācapps entered into a partnership with the Ford Motor Company to develop apps for compatibility in Ford’s SmartDeviceLink ecosystem.
Fred’s industry recognitions include induction in the Michigan Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame, the Conclave’s Rockwell award, Radio Ink’s Luminary award, and an Outstanding Alumni award from Michigan State’s College of Communication Arts.
Fred earned a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan, and a Master’s degree in Telecommunication from Michigan State University.
Kristen Muller is Director of Content Innovation and Programming at KPCC, the NPR affiliate in Los Angeles. Muller joined the station in 2010 to create a morning news magazine and later served as the Senior Managing Editor. Kristen joined KPCC after spending more than a decade at CBS News, where she was a producer for the CBS Evening News and an associate producer at 60 Minutes II.In 2015 she was named a John S. Knight Journalism Fellow and spent the year focusing on innovation and entrepreneurship at Stanford University. She has received numerous honors throughout her career including a News & Documentary Emmy and Alfred I. duPont-Columbia award.
Todd is the Senior Managing Editor of Here & Now, the daily news magazine co-produced by WBUR and NPR. Previous to his role at WBUR, he was Managing Producer at KUOW, Chief Content Officer at Louisville Public Media and Content Director at Iowa Public Radio. Todd was also Editorial Director at NPR Digital Services and from 1998-2003, he hosted The Todd Mundt Show, produced at Michigan Radio and distributed by NPR. Todd began his career in public radio in 1985.