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Janis Lane-Ewart leaves KFAI — Station struggles to increase online and airwave audiences

 

 

 

By Sheila Regan

Contributing Writer

 

 

As if to complete the trifecta, this week Janis Lane-Ewart became the third female executive director of a Twin Cities community media institution to leave her position, following Pam Colby from MTN and Jane Minton from IFP. Lane-Ewart, who had been the executive director of KFAI since 2001 (and host of the jazz program “The Collective Eye” before that) oversaw the organization during a transformative time for community radio stations, during which the station has become not just about transmitting over the airwaves, but also about connecting to people through the web and social media. On its website, KFAI, which was founded 35 years ago at Walker Community Church and now is based on the West Bank in Minneapolis, states that Pam Hill Kroyer, now in her 13th year with the organization, has been appointed acting executive director for the immediate future. During Lane-Ewart’s tenure, the organization has become more diverse. Part of her legacy has been the implementation of Youth News, which gives young people an opportunity to gain skills and have their voices heard. Continue Reading →

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