Al Bartholet

Executive Director

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.

Ways to Connect

A Community Advisory Council meeting will be held at the WMRA Studios in Harrisonburg, VA at 7:30am on April 22, 2016. 

There's one more Amazon Echo to giveaway and it will happen as soon as we reach $190,000.

March 5th, in honor of National Listening Month, please join WMRA reporters Jordy Yager and Jessie Knadler, along with WMRA News Director Bob Leweke for a discussion of WMRA's special series Refugees in Virginia

A Community Advisory Council meeting was held at Grafton Library, in the Reigner Room, on the campus of Mary Baldwin College in Staunton, VA on March 31, 2016 at 4:30pm. The council discussed the recent on-air fundraiser, and gave their recommendations for future campaigns. All agreed that we should split the historic June goal across the remaining three on-air campaigns.

A Community Advisory Council meeting was held at the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities in Charlottesville, VA on March 31, 2016 at 12pm. Council members discussed the recent on-air fundraiser, and their recommendations for future campaigns. All agreed that we should continue to pursue our More News, Less Noise campaign style.

Thank You!

Dec 12, 2015

With just  5 days  of our non-invasive More News, Less Noise December fundraiser, we made the $85,000 goal. Your generosity and support helped us meet that goal well ahead of our Tuesday, December 15 deadline. Thank you!

More News, Less Noise!

Sep 15, 2015

With just 2 hours and 30 minutes of traditional fundraising on Tuesday, September 29, we made the fall $200,000 goal! And over 97.5% of our goal was raised with our "More News, Less Noise" style of fundraising.  Thank you!

Warp Speed Feedback

Apr 15, 2015

Thank you for your support of WMRA's Warp Speed Fundraising campaign.  Please take a minute to complete this survey to help us in our future fund drive efforts.

Thanks,

Al Bartholet

A Community Advisory Council meeting was held at the WMRA conference room on Thursday, April 16, 2015 from 7:30am to 9:00am.

A Community Advisory Council meeting was held at Grafton Library, in the Reigner Room, on the campus of Mary Baldwin College on Wednesday, February 25, 2015 from 4:30pm to 6:00pm.

A Community Advisory Council meeting was held at the WMRA conference room on Thursday, January 29, 2015 from 7:30am to 9:00am.

Please take a moment to help us serve you better.

A Community Advisory Council meeting was held at the WMRA conference room on Thursday, September 18, 2014 from 7:30am to 9:00am.

Saturday afternoon, June 21st, WMRA is hosting the next Sustainability Summit in Charlottesville. You are invited to join us at the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities as we begin to craft the future for WMRA. What goals do you think we should pursue... and how can we get there together?

A Community Advisory Council meeting was held at the WMRA conference room on Thursday, May 15, 2014 from 7:30am to 9:00am.

Saturday afternoon, May 17th, WMRA is hosting the second in a series of Sustainability Summits. This is a forum to share your ideas on how our community can sustain the future of WMRA.

WEMC Listener Survey

Mar 31, 2014

Because we value your support and opinions, we invite you to help WEMC serve you better by completing this brief but important survey.

The survey should take about 5 minutes to complete.

Thank you.

Al Bartholet
Executive Director WEMC & WMRA

Saturday afternoon, March 8, WMRA and WEMC will host a Sustainability Summit. We are inviting the Harrisonburg community to come together to exchange ideas on the future direction of your public radio stations. These are your stations... this is your community...  this is your opportunity to keep public radio viable for the future.

More than 400 individuals participated in WMRA’s electronic survey, which was completed in September. Thank you!