Community Message: Radio Milwaukee Appoints Public Media Leader Maxie C. Jackson III as Executive Director
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Public media leader Maxie C. Jackson III has been named executive director of noncommercial 88Nine Radio Milwaukee (WYMS-88.9FM), the station announced Wednesday.
With more than three decades of management, content and audience development experience in radio, television, digital and live events, Jackson most recently served as chief content officer for New England Public Media (NEPM).
“Maxie is a public media powerhouse,” said Erickajoy Daniels, chairman of Radio Milwaukee’s executive director search committee. “From programming to management to audience development, he brings comprehensive, national experience to the role of CEO. Our Board of Directors is thrilled to bring Maxie to Milwaukee and looks forward to the impact he will have on the organization and the city as a whole.
Prior to NEPM, Jackson served as a public media consultant and executive for two national media organizations, the Pacifica Foundation and the National Federation of Community Radio Broadcasters. He has also held executive positions at public radio stations WCPN, WNYC, WETA and WEAA.
“I’ve had the pleasure of serving a diverse portfolio of audiences and organizations and look forward to bringing those experiences forward in my role as Executive Director,” Jackson said. “Radio Milwaukee’s mission to champion music, arts and culture, neighborhoods and community organizations aligns strongly with my passion for using public media to celebrate the nuance and intersectionality found in the patchwork of communities across the country. More directly, public service and institution building are my motivations.
During his career in public media, Jackson has had an impact on public media funding, technology, staffing and programming by serving on committees initiated by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, Public Radio Exchange, British Broadcasting Corporation , the African American Public Radio Consortium and the National Public Radio. Jackson is a graduate of Morehouse College (BA) and Michigan State University (MA).
As executive director, Jackson is responsible for managing the station and leading the organization. He officially took office today, September 7, and will take up residence in Milwaukee beginning today. His wife will be moving out after their youngest son graduates from high school in May 2023. In the meantime, Jackson will be commuting weekly.
Radio Milwaukee’s board of directors launched a broad national search for a new executive director in February 2022 after the former director resigned. Community leader and former Radio Milwaukee board chair Danae Davis served as the organization’s interim executive director from February through August.
A search committee comprised of current board members, a community member, and a Radio Milwaukee staff member interviewed numerous local and national candidates. Cory R. King of Kittleman & Associates, LLC conducted the council’s research.
– Portraits of Jackson can be downloaded at: https://bit.ly/MaxieJackson
– For more information and interview requests with Jackson or Daniels, contact Jeff Bentoff at [email protected] or (414) 465-8710.
About Radio Milwaukee
Radio Milwaukee (WYMS-FM 88.9) has been a positive force for Milwaukee on the air, online and in the community since its launch in 2007. Through its creative programming and content, Milwaukee’s non-commercial radio uses a platform -multimedia form to create a better, more inclusive and engaged community. 88.9FM streams and plays a unique mix of musical styles, including at least one song by a Milwaukee artist every hour, and Uniquely Milwaukee short stories that promote engagement and positive change. On 88.9FM-HD2 and hyfin.org, the station operates an Urban Alternative channel, HYFIN, which focuses on connecting with young and diverse audiences across the spectrum of black music. The organization runs an all-Milwaukee music channel 24/7 at 414Music.fm online and 88.9FM-HD3 on air. The award-winning station receives the vast majority of its financial support from its 6,000 contributing members, more than 150 subscribers and 25 foundations. Learn more about Radio Milwaukee and stream the station on RadioMilwaukee.org or through the 88Nine mobile app.