Prior to the move to Colorado Public Radio. Carlan was with Nevada Public Radio
Colorado Public Radio’s OpenAir (CPR’s OpenAir) hires music industry expert and radio veteran Willobee Carlan as its next Program Director. Carlan has nearly four decades of experience in programming and operations, including his most recent venture launching the independent music station NV89 at Nevada Public Radio. As OpenAir PD, Carlan will provide support for long-term growth strategies for Colorado Public Radio, including a focus on building awareness and trial among new music enthusiasts.
“We are thrilled to welcome Willobee as OpenAir’s next leader and begin a new chapter in the station’s ongoing development,” said President and CEO Stewart Vanderwilt. “Music discovery is an essential part of the Colorado experience and likewise CPR’s service. We’re confident Willobee’s experience and leadership will help elevate OpenAir and the distinct mix of new, independent and local music important to Colorado.”
Carlan’s career in radio began on the air at legendary WLIR/New York. Over the next 30 plus years he went on to launch new stations and lead turnaround efforts for others. He’s been a Program Director and Operations Manager at stations across the country, from California to Arizona, Texas and all across the northeast.