news director resigns
Award-winning WYSO News Director Aileen LeBlanc has announced that shes
leaving the local National Public Radio station.
Im leaving because of problems with management, said
LeBlanc, who gave General Manager Steve Spencer her resignation on Sunday,
effective the end of the month. The decision was not made due to
one incident but a series of issues and problems.
She would not comment specifically about the problems.
LeBlanc, who lives in Yellow Springs and has worked for WYSO since 1999,
said that she has no other job possibilities at the moment.
The most important thing is that I love my work and my job here,
she said in an interview. But I cant continue to work in this
environment. Im going to miss it like crazy.
Antioch University Vice Chancellor Glenn Watts, who oversees the station,
said, Were very sorry Aileen has decided to leave us. Shes
done marvelous stories and has been a real asset. We will continue the
work shes begun.
Regarding LeBlancs assertion of difficulties with management, Watts
said, Thats a personnel matter and I cant speak to that.
Spencer did not return phone calls seeking comments for this article.
In Mondays Dayton Daily News, he said, The station was informed
yesterday that its news director Aileen LeBlanc will be leaving the staff
at the end of this month. The station today commenced a nationwide search
for her replacement.
LeBlanc and her local news program, Sounds Local, which airs
Fridays at 6 p.m. and Saturdays at 7:30 a.m., have won a bevy of broadcasting
awards this year alone. For the third year in a row, Sounds Local
was named the best weekly news program in a national competition sponsored
by the Public Radio News Directors Incorporated, or PRNDI. Individual
Sounds Local segments took first place for best hard feature
and for enterprise. LeBlanc was awarded second place by the organization
for her commentary following the Sept. 11 tragedy.
This year Sounds Local also won first place for public affairs
programming from the Ohio Society for Professional Journalism, which awarded
individual segments of the show first place for social justice reporting
and for coverage of minority issues.
The Ohio Educational Telecommunications Association recognized LeBlanc
as Producer of the Year in 2001. The group also awarded Sounds Local
first place as Program of the Year and as the best weekly arts and cultural
This is a great loss for the station, said Steve Bogner of
Keep WYSO Local, a group of WYSO supporters who have worked to restore
local volunteer-hosted programming that Spencer removed last spring. The
group has also expressed concern over decision-making and management styles
This seems to be part of WYSO managements pattern of treating
people with disrespect and attempting to silence dissenting voices,
Bognar said. Our great fear is that the station will continue to
lose good people.