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Oct. 6, 2006

Joan Kjaer Promoted To Deputy Director Of Iowa Public Radio

Joan Kjaer, interim director of Broadcast Services for KSUI/WSUI at the University of Iowa, has been named deputy director for Iowa Public Radio (IPR).  She will continue to serve as manager of the Iowa City public radio stations.

The promotion caps a 29-year career with KSUI/WSUI. Kjaer joined the station in 1977 as a public affairs and arts producer, adding music programmer, music host and interviewer to her resume over the years. Kjaer is well known to eastern Iowa listeners who tune in to KSUI's early morning classical programming, and for her work on KSUI's weekly arts and humanities series, "Know the Score." She became program director of KSUI in 2000.

For the past two years, Kjaer has served as interim director of broadcast services and has represented the Iowa City stations as the statewide collaboration between KUNI/KHKE, KSUI/WSUI and the WOI Radio Group takes shape.

"Joan's commitment to the idea of Iowa Public Radio and her ability to generate enthusiasm for the future among staff and station supporters has been an invaluable asset over the past year," says IPR Executive Director Cindy Browne.

"Her contribution as a member of IPR's senior team will be critical to our success."

As deputy director, Kjaer will continue to play a key role in the cultural programming of the IPR network, in addition to managing the day-to-day operations of the Iowa City stations. Her new areas of responsibility include government affairs, community relations and communications.

"I'm thrilled to take on the positions of deputy director and station manager at this crucial time in the development of Iowa Public Radio," says Kjaer. "Public radio is incredibly important to Iowans and I've had a chance to see that first-hand during the three decades I've worked at KSUI and WSUI in Iowa City. Now our challenge, and our great opportunity, lies in broadening the impact of public radio across our state by serving an even larger audience with increasingly richer programming  and public engagement."

Kjaer, 54, an Iowa native, graduated from the UI with distinction, majoring in anthropology and religion. As Deputy Director and Manager of KSUI/WSUI, she will be paid an annual salary of $83,000.

Iowa Public Radio was formed in 2005 to align the stations of the WOI Radio Group/Ames, KUNI-KHKE/Cedar Falls-Waterloo and KSUI-WSUI/Iowa City in greater service to the people of Iowa.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACTS: Program: Cindy Browne, Iowa Public Radio, 515-235-4655, 1200 Grand Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50309. Media: George McCrory, 319-384-0012, george-mccrory@uiowa.edu