Arlene Engelhardt to head Pacifica
Matt Cowley about about 3 years ago
from WMNF Station Manager Jim Bennett:
We are both excited and sad to hear of longtime volunteer Arlene Engelhardt’s ascendency to the Executive Director position at the Pacifica Foundation. Arlene is known to many of you as an important part of the Women’s Show on WMNF. She has also been crucial to our success as a station, with her institutional memory, adherence to our mission, organizational skills, and financial prowess. All of these skills will bode well for Pacifica, but have also made the Board of the Nathan B. Stubblefield Foundation a very effective and important part of our growth and survival. She has been a great friend and supporter of our volunteers, staff, board and listeners and will be sorely missed. Her vision for WMNF has contributed greatly to our success. In the year I have been here, I have come to count on her for all kinds of help and advice related to the operation of the station. Any history of the station would have to include her significant and ongoing contributions.
Having spent 30 years with Pacifica, the source for all community radio and certainly for our mission here at WMNF, I’m in a unique position to comment on how I think Arlene can help this network get back on its feet, after years of struggle and turmoil. Arlene is a true radio person, and a central figure in community media. This is something that Pacifica has not had during most of the legal and financial troubles that have plagued the one-time leader in community radio for at least 10 years. We, as a strong community station, need a strong Pacifica. The whole country needs Pacifica to become whole. Arlene has the chance to accomplish much in her new role as Executive Director. It is an awesome task, but I believe Arlene is up for the challenge, for the sake of radio everywhere. WMNF is up for helping her in anyway that we can, in order to help her accomplish what needs to be done. I’ve applied to be on the Pacifica Board, as an affiliate director, because of my love for community radio and out of the bond of respect and gratitude I have for Arlene. She may move to Berkeley, California, but she will always have a home here at WMNF…a home that she is an essential part of!!! We will always reach out to her and the help she can continue to provide us as the leader of the Pacifica Foundation. We wish her every success, and are determined to help her revive the dream of Pacifica Radio. Thanks so much Arlene for everything you have done for WMNF and what you are about to do for Pacifica!!
Peace and Pacifica, one and the same!! Arlene and WMNF, inseparable !!!
Jim Bennett Station Manager WMNF