Al Bartholet was named Executive Director of WMRA/WEMC Public Radio on July 1, 2013. Previously, Al was Executive Director and General Manager of WKSU, Kent State University’s public radio station. He was promoted to that position in 1999 after serving as WKSU’s Director of Development for 18 years. An invited speaker who has led workshops at public radio conferences in Seattle; Washington, D.C.; Tucson; Portland; New Orleans; and many other cities in the United States, Al also served on the boards of DEI and PRIMA, two national organizations devoted to the advancement of public media. He was awarded grants to support his work in developing new fundraising ideas for WKSU and other public radio stations around the country and recently completed WKSU’s “Sound of the Future” campaign in which he raised more than 3.2 million for digital conversion and other station initiatives.
A 1976 graduate of Kent State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in business management, Al was personally recognized in 1999 by Kent State’s Alumni Association when he was honored with the prestigious Special Achievement Award, given to those Kent State graduates who have made a significant impact in their chosen professions.