Former WMNF Station Manager Vicki Santa passes away listen12/09/08 Mitch E. Perry
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Vicki Santa, the Station Manager at WMNF for the past 8 years until earlier this year, passed away this morning at St. Josephâ€™s hospital in Tampa.
She had been in poor health for the last couple of years, and developments this year led her to leave the station in June. She had contracted pneumonia and was suffering from renal failure in recent weeks. She was 56 years old.
Santa originally began her career at the radio station in the 1980â€™s as a volunteer, and then was hired as Development Director in 1998. Then in 2000, she was selected to become the Station Manage, replacing Jean Palmquist.
In that role, Vicki Santa led the drive to get a new building for the station. That new building came to fruition in February of 2005.
Ginny Berson is the Vice President and Director of Federation Services of Community Broadcasters based in Oakland. She says Santa was deeply respected in the community radio world in the U.S.(roll tape#1 o.q.â€always communityâ€)
Randy Wynne has been the Program Director at WMNF since 1985. He recalls when he first encountered Vicki as a volunteer back in the 1980â€™s (roll tape#2 o.q.â€a giving spiritâ€)
In an article written about Vicki Santa earlier this year, she told reporter Din Clarke,â€
"Managing this radio station was the best job I ever had. I am not particularly a programmer or a technical person but I have honed administrative skills in the business world for many years before coming to the station, and to be able to advance the mission of the station was just the best possible position I could have put myself in. I loved every minute of the work that I did for the station. "
Vicki Santa, the former station manage from 2000 to 2008, has died at the age of 56.