Aaron Read says that he's been excited by the first semester in his new job as general manager at WEOS-FM, the NPR- affiliate radio station at Hobart and William Smith Colleges.
“WEOS is ideally positioned to take a big step into the future serving the campus, local and regional audiences,” he said. “I am both honored and humbled to be trusted with this opportunity.”
Shortly before his arrival, the Federal Communications Commission approved the application by WEOS to have its own station in Ithaca, N.Y., at 90.1 FM, providing the same news, information and public radio on a much better signal; a 4,000-watt station as opposed to a 250-watt station.
“My job at WEOS is what I've wanted to do ever since I learned there was such a thing as ‘college radio’ more than 10 years ago: run a college radio station. Since I'm such a NPR junkie, I got the added benefit that WEOS is a “mixed” station: both college radio and public radio.”
Read holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology, cum laude, from Boston University, and worked as an engineer, producer and consultant for several years at college radio stations and public radio stations in New England. He succeeds Mike Black, who has been named radio program manager at WXXI in Rochester.
Greg Cotterill, former assistant manager of membership and underwriting since 2003, has been promoted to station manager. Cotterill received his bachelor’s degree in radio and television from Syracuse University’s Newhouse School of Public Communications, and has worked at local radio stations ever since. On campus he also serves as an HWS Common Ground instructor.
Cotterill was president of the Seneca County Chamber of Commerce from 1994 to 1997 and chaired the Seneca County Red Cross board of directors in 1997. His community service has been recognized with the Waterloo Jaycees Distinguished Service Award in 1993 and the Seneca Falls Convention Days Community Service Award in 2001. He works part-time for Finger Lakes News Radio
WEOS is the public radio service of the Colleges, providing public outreach to the community, and opportunities for students, staff, and community members to participate in the medium of radio. WEOS reaches an audience of approximately 75,000 people and is available on the World Wide Web at www.weos.org.