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Minnesota Public Radio names Tim Roesler general manager
Roesler to manage 38-station regional network
(St. Paul, Minn.) December 1, 2008—Minnesota Public Radio (MPR) announced today that Tim Roesler will become senior vice president and general manager of its 38-station regional network that stretches across Minnesota, extended with 29 booster stations. Roesler has most recently served MPR and American Public Media as senior vice president of sales, marketing and program distribution. In his new role, Roesler has responsibility for all three MPR services—News, Classical and The Current. This includes responsibility for the regional radio network, Web sites and digital distribution.
American Public Media and Minnesota Public Radio President and CEO Bill Kling says, “Tim’s extensive media background and radio experience make him a perfect choice to take on the management of MPR. Tim has all the qualities required to advance our tradition of producing quality news and music programming and digital content and delivering relevant, innovative and insightful media—whether on air, online or on wireless devices.”
According to Roesler, “Serving as general manager of MPR lets me combine my experiences in radio, TV and digital media and link them to the smartest workforce I’ve ever seen. Between our news service, the country’s best classical music service and the most innovative rock station, The Current, we are building and providing something unique to Minnesota.
“We’re dedicated to bringing quality media to every part of our state and our multi-state region. What other radio company can say that 100,000 of its listeners actually write checks to support the quality programming of the station?” asks Roesler.
Roesler is a graduate of the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, with a broadcast journalism degree where he earned membership in the honorary academic societies for broadcast journalism and economics. He has a master’s degree in telecommunications from Michigan State University in East Lansing and taught news film/video classes at Creighton University in Omaha.
He began his career in the newsroom and on air at the CBS TV affiliate in Sioux City, Iowa, then went to news and information station KFAB in Omaha, and managed commercial station KDON FM-AM in Salinas-Monterey-Santa Cruz, Calif. He spent eight years with CBS owned and operated stations in San Francisco in sales management and was in sales management with Clear Channel locally. Roesler worked with Internet Broadcasting, which was an early leader in the convergence of online and broadcast content. He joined American Public Media in 2001.
Minnesota Public Radio® operates a 38-station radio network serving virtually all of Minnesota and parts of surrounding states and produces programming for radio, Internet and face-to-face audiences. Programs produced by Minnesota Public Radio’s parent company, American Public Media,™ reach 15.9 million listeners nationwide each week. Of those, nearly 800,000 listen regionally, in Minnesota and surrounding states. A complete list of stations, programs and additional services can be found at www.mpr.org.