Talk about a historic run. American Public Media Group has announced that its founder and CEO since 1966 Bill Kling will step down in June 2011.
Kling will attempt new fundraising efforts outside of APMG in order to highlight the public media.
“Most CEOs count their years in office on the fingers of one hand; Bill has twice run out of fingers and toes to mark his years of service but is nowhere near out of ideas, commitment or passion,” said APMG board member Randall Hogan in a company statement. “We’re delighted that he intends to continue to lend himself to the cause of public media after APMG. The board, the staff, our members and millions of listeners around the world are grateful for his many contributions, including preparing the organization so well for this inevitable transition.”
And as one person leaves, another must enter, so the company is on the look out for a new CEO. According to the release, APMG, which is the parent company of Minnesota Public Radio and American Public Media, has formed a special committee to find Kling’s successor.
So if you want to follow in a legend’s footsteps at the largest public radio station group in the U.S., feel free to apply.