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Leadership to Change at WVIK

Jay Pearce
Jay Pearce
WVIK GM & CEO Jay Pearce (L) with Tanya Koonce at the Illinois News Broadcasters Association convention, Saturday, October 8th, 2022

WVIK's General Manager and CEO will retire at the end of the month after eleven years leading the Quad Cities NPR affiliate.

Today, Augustana College, the radio station's license-holder, announced Jay Pearce's last day will be October 28th.

Station Manager, Jared Johnson, will serve as interim general manager through the end of the year.

WVIK will host a reception to honor Pearce on Tuesday, October 25th from 4 to 7 pm.

Click HERE for the full press release from Augustana College.

The year before Pearce began his position as WVIK general manager in October, 2012, Kai Swanson served as the radio station's interim general manager after the departure of Frank Sundram who had served as general manager since 2008.

Previous general managers include Lowell Dorman and the station's co-founder, Don Wooten.

Officially, Michelle's title is WVIK News Editor. She does everything there is to do in the newsroom and whatever may be needed around the radio station.
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  • WVIK, Quad Cities NPR, has named Jared Johnson as its new Station Manager.
  • Jay H. Pearce became the station's general manager Oct. 3, 2011. More than half of his 40-year career in broadcasting has been in public broadcasting. He retired on Oct. 27, 2022.
  • Memphis-born Joseph Donald Wooten was sent, at the age of 17, to the seminary at St. Ambrose College by Bishop Adrian of the Catholic Diocese of Nashville, Tennessee. After two years he left the seminary, but stayed on at St. Ambrose to pursue a degree in biology.
  • Many people associated with Augustana College remember former President Thomas Tredway as a teacher, mentor, and leader.