Williams named general manager at WESM

  • Tuesday, August 23, 2011

    PRINCESS ANNE, MD - (August 22, 2011) The University of Maryland Eastern Shore has named a new general manager for its public radio station. 

    Stephen A. Williams moves into the top management post at WESM 91.3 FM, a professionally-staffed NPR affiliate serving lower Delmarva, Southern Maryland and the Northern Neck of Virginia. 

    Williams joined WESM in 2006 as news and public affairs director and most recently as interim general manager. 

    "The past five years for me have been formative," Williams said. "Fortunately, the previous general manager really encouraged and prepared me for the position. Also, WESM's staff has been tremendously supportive." 

    Williams, a University of New Hampshire graduate, spent two years in Cameroon as a Peace Corps volunteer-an experience which he says left a deep impression on him.

    "I learned of the importance of radio in the developing world," says Williams. "Most of the world relies on radios for important news, education and information.  And during emergencies when TVs, computers and phones won't work, radio is still the one source people can rely upon for critical information.  It remains the most powerful medium around the world." 

    Williams hopes to grow and expand WESM to better serve the listening region.

    "Our signal is limited to certain areas of the Eastern Shore and Southern Maryland-which is something I'd like to see expanded, as well as finding ways to improve the quality of our on-air programming and increasing our underwriting partnerships with local businesses."

    Since its launch in 1987, WESM has been dedicated to championing jazz and blues as "culturally significant American art forms," as well as providing listeners with NPR / local news and other forms of music. 

    Williams will remain the broadcast voice of WESM's local news weekday mornings from 8 to 11. He is joined by a full-time staff of five, two long-time volunteers and a student worker.         

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    Gail Stephens, Assistant Director, UMES Office of Public Relations, 410-651-7580, gcstephens@umes.edu. 

     

     

     

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