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West Virginian named new CEO at Lakeshore Public Media

Lakeshore Public Medihas named James Muhammad Peabody Award-winning Director Radio Services for West VirginiPublic Broadcasting as its new President CEO.

Lakeshore Public Media has named James Muhammad, the Peabody Award-winning Director of Radio Services for West Virginia Public Broadcasting, as its new President and CEO. | Provided photo~Sun-Times Media

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Updated: May 13, 2013 6:26AM



MERRILLVILLE — James Muhammad, a Peabody Award-winning director at West Virginia Public Broadcasting, will become president and CEO of Lakeshore Public Media, the umbrella organization for Lakeshore Public Television and radio station, 89.1 FM.

Board of Directors Chairwoman Bonita Neff announced the appointment Thursday.

“James is a well-rounded leader with experience in public media, programming and community outreach,” Neff said. “For more than a decade, he built a team that worked collaboratively on radio and television projects, and engaged the community and its leaders. That’s why our board unanimously chose him.”

Muhammad replaces Thomas Carroll, who resigned Dec. 12 after 10 years with the organization. In the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30, 2011, published reports say Lakeshore showed a profit of about $1.73 million after posting losses in the two previous years of about $1 million. Its radio station is also certified now to qualify for state funding.

“I’m excited to join Lakeshore, especially as the television station celebrates 25 years of community service,” Muhammad said. “This is a great opportunity to work with a public media organization and its unique operation as a joint licensee in the Chicago media market. I’m also thrilled to work with Lakeshore’s great staff and committed partners.”

Muhammad, whose career in public broadcasting spans nearly two decades, will join Lakeshore on May 20. Supporters and community members can meet him at the station’s 25th anniversary celebration on May 16.

For tickets and sponsorship information to the 25th anniversary celebration, contact Brandi Anstine at 756-5656, Ext. 317. A donation of $75 is requested.



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