KVCR is owned by the San Bernardino Community College District, and they operate both a public radio and a public television station. The stations are growing swiftly, as is the population of the Inland Empire that they serve. Larry Ciecalone, who is the General Manager of their whole public broadcasting organization, has done a remarkable job of positioning the stations for this growth, and they’ll be moving into new studios soon… so overall, Duncan’s stepping into a great opportunity, and I’m certainly happy for him on that score.
I’m also sorry to see him leave our area. We collaborated very closely while developing the proposal to bring KAZU and KUSP together last year, an experience which only deepened my appreciation for his understanding of all aspects of public radio and his commitment to public service through public media. The fact that the plan we worked on did not move ahead doesn’t diminish my regard for Duncan one whit.
Duncan’s level of commitment to KAZU has been exceptional, even among public radio managers – who are, by and large, an incredibly dedicated lot. KAZU’s staff is very small given the complexity of its operation, and Duncan played many roles above and beyond that of chief executive. Few people in my experience have his combination of ability and versatility, something that has been crucial for KAZU these past few years.
The Monterey Bay area’s loss will be the Inland Empire’s gain. Congratulations to Larry and the KVCR team, and good luck in the new gig, Duncan…