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Susan Johnson Lyons Named Executive Director of FM Radio

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PITTSBURGH Susan Johnson Lyons has been named Executive Director of FM Radio for WQED Multimedia. She will be responsible for the day-to-day operation of WQED fm89.3, including programming, staffing, and revenue generation support. Her duties include the further integration of WQED fm89.3 into the multimedia structure of WQED, strengthening the radio franchise, continuing its commitment to a classical music format, and supporting the regional arts and culture community.

WQED fm89.3 has been southwestern Pennsylvania's exclusive classical music source since 1973.

WQED fm89.3 is one of the country's strongest classical music stations, and we are fortunate to welcome Susan to strengthen it further. Susan brings 19 years of experience in public radio, a background in media management and knowledge of music to the table, said B. J. Leber, Senior Vice President and Station Manager of WQED Multimedia.

The station has a strong format, a loyal listener base, and a three-decade history in the community. Our goal is to strengthen that base and expand it to include more listeners and more support to the arts and culture community.

Ms. Johnson Lyons returns to WQED after a ten year absence.

Her love of classical music began in the home. Her mother was a piano teacher and church organist in Ambridge, where she grew up listening to five public radio stations from Pittsburgh, Youngstown, and Morgantown. She studied violin since age 7 and earned a B.A. in music history from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where she also studied journalism.

For 20 years she performed freelance with professional orchestras and string quartets in western Pennsylvania, Sarasota and Los Angeles. She began her radio career in the late 1980s at WQED-FM, where she served as program coordinator, membership coordinator, classical announcer, and arts reporter.

From 1995-2000 she was program director for WUSF-FM, Tampa (NPR News, classical and jazz), the Public Radio Program Directors Association's 1998 "Best Sounding Large Market Station." She later served as a nationally-elected member of the PRPD's board of directors and as program director for the Classical Public Radio Network in Los Angeles. Since 2002 she's been director of radio programming for WOSU-AM and FM in Columbus, OH.

Her community involvement includes service on the boards of Chatham Baroque (formerly Pittsburgh Early Music Ensemble) and Chamber Music Columbus. She is also a member of the Columbus Metropolitan Club community issues forum.

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