Dan Easley

IT Manager

Dan Easley was born just outside of Cincinnati, Ohio–and into radio. Dan grew up actively engaged in his father’s livelihood–public broadcasting–which meant traveling distances ranging from Ohio to Virginia, Pennsylvania to Alaska. His firsthand radio experience came at age 17 in the Last Frontier. He volunteered
at his father’s weekly music show for KRBD, Southern Alaska’s community radio station. A few years and states into the future, Dan began working for WVPT, the Harrisonburg-based PBS station. With a firm desire to explore all that public media had to offer, Dan worked as an engineer, camera operator, producer, and director. Along the way, he learned where his skills, passions and curiosities aligned.

Dan’s ability to recognize opportunity, coupled with an appreciation for community culture, led him to WMRA in 2005. His skill with broadcast equipment established him as a successful operations manager and computer technician for his first three years with WMRA. However, as Dan grew into his position, he recognized other ways he wanted to grow. Although he continued to volunteer at WMRA, Dan left his position at the station and embarked on a five-year sabbatical.

Over the course of those five years, he learned to play the banjo; built a 250 square foot home with his own two hands, where he currently lives; discovered a passion for gardening; freelanced as an audio engineer for Rosetta Stone and local historians; and produced fifteen records.

Dan officially rejoined WMRA in 2013 as the Assistant Producer of Virginia Insight and quickly took on the role of Operations Coordinator. Dan’s new perspective on his place in the station–and on life–is one he calls “people-focused, more aware of interpersonal relations.” He relates his new perspective to a quote from Kurt Vonnegut’s son and author, Mark Vonnegut, “We’re here to get each other through this thing, whatever it is.” He strives to highlight the local culture of the community. Dan hopes to collaborate with more journalists, both professional and amateur. He wants to use listener contributions in local news and, most importantly, to forge WMRA into a technologically available, useful resource.

Reminiscing on his childhood, Dan explains radio’s ever-changing landscape. “I watched the news as a kid, and the news was different then. Broadcasters were required to cover and present contrasting views on controversial matters. It’s not legally required anymore, but NPR still does it out of a moral responsibility.” Dan believes it is the broadcaster’s job to present the facts, not opinions; to uncover analyses from experts for the sake of journalism, not shock value. He adds, “Growing up with public broadcasting gave me a healthy dose of cynicism, a fearless approach to public figures, and an old-school appreciation for the facts.” It is radio’s ability to be honest, fearless and fair that he loves.

Dan is motivated to match the work ethic of his colleagues, and loves community involvement. He enjoys working at WMRA, an experience he calls inspiring. Always seizing opportunity, Dan is ready for his next chance to inspire others and continue to grow.

Easley's musical works are at Shake A Leg Records.

Ways to Connect

For those aged 70½ or older, it is once again possible to make tax-favored charitable gifts from traditional and Roth IRA accounts.

On December 18 the President signed into law legislation that retroactively extends the charitable IRA rollover for 2015 and makes this provision permanent for future years. A total of up to $100,000 can be transferred directly from traditional or Roth IRAs to one or more qualified charities such as WMRA and WEMC free from federal income tax each year. There may also be state income tax savings. Amounts given in this way count toward required IRA minimum withdrawal amounts for the year of the gift.

To make such gifts, it is important to not withdraw funds prior to a gift, but have the gift amount distributed directly from an IRA to one or more qualified charities. For those with check writing privileges on their accounts, this may be the most efficient way to make gifts directly from an IRA.  Check with us, your IRA administrator or your tax advisor for more information.

A Community Advisory Council meeting was held at the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities in Charlottesville, VA on October 7, 2015.  The group provided names of potential council members and gave their reaction to our "More News, Less Noise" fundraising approach.

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 September 23, 2015.  The group provided names of potential council members and gave their reaction to our "More News, Less Noise" fundraising approach.

A Community Advisory Council meeting was held at the WMRA Studios in Harrisonburg, VA on September 17, 2015.  The group provided names of potential council members and gave their reaction to our "More News, Less Noise" fundraising approach.

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May 25, 2015

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Mar 13, 2015

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Thanks to all who attended our recent benefit concert, and helped make it a rousing success.  Special thanks to Robin and Linda Williams, Daniel Heifetz, the Heifetz Institute, and the Forbes Center for the Performing Arts.