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WUIS/WIPA general manager to retire

December 3, 2004

SPRINGFIELD - Brad Swanson, general manager of public radio station WUIS/WIPA and veteran Illinois broadcaster, will retire effective December 31, 2004, ending nearly 28 years with the station and the University of Illinois at Springfield.

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 “Brad’s tireless efforts to create a collaborative climate at WUIS, in his relationships with the university, and among financial and volunteer supporters will be greatly missed,” said Barbara Ferrara, interim director of UIS’ Center for State Policy and Leadership. “He built a world of friends.” 

Ferrara was also quick to point out that Swanson had brought the station to prominence over the years.  “WUIS has the distinction of being in the top tier for public radio market share among stations in the National Public Radio family,” she said.

Dale Ouzts, one of the station founders and recently retired director of broadcasting at Ohio State University, remembers Swanson as a committed colleague.  “Brad started in 1977 as operations director and was program director when I urged him to seek the station manger position,” Ouzts said.  “His devotion to the station and the university has had an immense impact on audience growth and satisfaction.”

As for Swanson, the parting will be bittersweet.  “Because this station has been such a source of inspiration and joy for me, it will be difficult to leave,” he said.  “While I intend to continue to support WUIS in every way possible, I’m going to have to change my habits to enjoy the station as a listener rather than its manager.”

Part of the Center for State Policy and Leadership at UIS, WUIS is a member station of both National Public Radio and Public Radio International. The station will celebrate its 30th year on the air in January 2005.

    The University of Illinois at Springfield, one of three U of I campuses, is a small, public liberal arts university that offers 42 degree programs – 21 bachelor’s, 20 master’s, and the Doctorate of Public Administration. UIS has a special mission in public affairs and service and is known for extraordinary internships, a wireless campus, extensive online offerings, and a commitment to teaching.
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