SOURCE: All Classical 89.9 KBPS

November 12, 2007 20:54 ET

All Classical 89.9 Names Former OPB CEO Maynard Orme Interim Executive Director

PORTLAND, OR--(Marketwire - November 12, 2007) - All Classical 89.9 KBPS, a non-profit 24-hour classical music station serving Oregon and Southwest Washington, announced today that Maynard Orme -- the former president and CEO of Oregon Public Broadcasting (OPB) -- has been named as interim executive director of the station.

Orme will work with the station's board to initiate a nationwide search for a permanent executive director to replace Sarah Shelley, the station's former executive director.

"I've always loved 89.9's music and admired the station and its staff," Orme said. "It will be a real pleasure for me to help 89.9 and its board find a permanent executive director who will keep this wonderful station moving forward."

Orme's career with OPB began in 1986. Prior to OPB, Orme served as general manager of KTEH, Channel 54 in San Jose, Calif., for 13 years and director of education services at KCET, Los Angeles for five years. He has also produced various arts and education programs for public television.

Orme earned a bachelor's degree in music from the University of California at Berkeley in 1961. He then received his master's in theater arts (radio & television major) from UCLA in 1967 after serving in the U.S. Army. Orme returned to UCLA to earn his Ph.D. in education in 1978.

"We couldn't be happier to have Maynard helping us during this transition," said James Draznin, the nonprofit's board president. "Maynard, of course, has been leading the Oregon public broadcasting scene for years, and, naturally, his expertise will be invaluable to us."

About All Classical 89.9 KBPS

All Classical 89.9 is Portland, Oregon's 24-hour non-profit classical radio station. Established in 1983, All Classical 89.9's mission is to provide classical music and fine arts information to listeners in Northwest Oregon, Southwest Washington and the world via the Internet. It strives to increase audiences for local performers and performances, thereby further enhancing the region's cultural environment. The station also publishes The Daily Muse, a classical music blog. KBPS' signal is rebroadcast in the Hood River region through KQHR. KBPS and KQHR are non-commercial public radio stations and rely on listener contributions, which provide more than 68 percent of their budgets. The stations also receive financial support from local businesses and arts organizations that underwrite programming through on-air sponsorships. A small portion of the stations' annual budgets comes from various foundation grants and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

Contact Information