Following a national search, Wendy Turner has been selected to serve as the new executive director and general manager of WKSU, Kent State University’s award-winning NPR-affiliated radio station. Turner currently serves as vice president of digital and technical operations at Chicago Public Media. She will begin her new role at WKSU on Oct. 31, 2016.

In 2014, less than four years after Continental and United announced that the airlines were merging operations, the newly expanded United shut down its hub at Cleveland Hopkins Airport. Since that time, the number of nonstop flights from the airport has dwindled from 58 to 15 – a nearly 75 percent decrease in two years. The loss of direct access to a long list of destinations across the country was another blow to air travel at nearby large regional airports. In the past decade, Pittsburgh and Cincinnati also lost their hub status.

WKSU presents author, humorist, diarist and public radio favorite David Sedaris at the Akron Civic Theatre on Sunday, Oct. 16, at 7 p.m. Tickets for the event are now available for $25, $35 and $45 through the Akron Civic Theatre Box Office and Ticketmaster. The Civic Theatre Box Office is located across the street from the theatre on the first floor of the Ohio Building. Tickets may be purchased in person or by calling 330-253-2488. Find more information at www.wksu.org or www.AkronCivic.com.

On Oct. 2, 1950, Walton D. Clarke (then director of the radio program at Kent State University) announced, “WKSU now signs on the air,” as he threw the switch sending WKSU’s signal out over the airwaves for the first time. This year, WKSU celebrates 65 years on-air and looks forward to a new era broadcasting the best in news, information and other public radio programming throughout Northeast Ohio. To mark the anniversary, the station is planning a series of public events throughout the region. 

Each week, sports columnist and Northeast Ohio legend Terry Pluto brings his talents to WKSU. “Morning Edition” host Amanda Rabinowitz is his regular partner, engaging the audience with insights, predictions and general observations on the health, well-being and success of the region’s beloved teams. Despite a general lack of championship rings, Cleveland sports franchises inspire fans who are recognized for their loyalty and enthusiasm. 

WKSU is changing its Saturday and Sunday program schedules starting on Saturday, July 11, and Sunday, July 12.

The station is adding The Moth Radio Hour and moving Snap Judgment to Saturdays, creating a “storytelling block” with This American Life beginning at noon.

Radiolab moves to 3 p.m. An hour dedicated to limited run specials (like last year’s Invisibilia) and hourlong documentaries will air weekly on Saturdays before All Things Considered.

WKSU was honored by the Press Club of Cleveland with nine Ohio Excellence in Journalism Awards at a ceremony on June 5 at the House of Blues in downtown Cleveland, Ohio. The station won four first-place and the best-in-show award for Best Newscast, which WKSU staff received for the second year in a row. Award entries were judged by a panel of journalism professionals from press clubs and news publications across the country.

WKSU winners of 2015 Ohio Excellence in Journalism Awards from the Press Club of Cleveland are:

In a ceremony held May 3 in Columbus, Ohio, WKSU was honored with 10 awards from the Ohio Associated Press Media Editors, including the top award for General Excellence (an award presented to the large market radio station with the best showing in the competition). The event celebrated the best journalism in Ohio. It is the third year that contests for print and broadcast reporting were combined.

Photo of WKSU's Jeff St. ClairWKSU reporter/producer Jeff St. Clair has been recognized by the Radio-Television-Digital News Association (RTDNA) with a Regional Edward R. Murrow Award for Sports Reporting. WKSU competes in the Large Market division against public and commercial radio stations in major cities in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Ohio. St.

WKSU Presents Journalist John Hockenberry in Akron

Celebrated journalist and host of “The Takeaway” John Hockenberry is coming to Northeast Ohio for two events on Thursday, May 7.

Hockenberry will speak on the changing state of media and news. The event takes place at 7:30 p.m. at Actors’ Summit Theatre in Greystone Hall in downtown Akron. Audience members are encouraged to present questions during the Q&A following his talk.