Nevada Public Radio Shuts Down NV89 Reno As CEO Resigns

NV89 NV 89.1 KVNV Reno Nevada Public RadioFacing a budget shortfall, Nevada Public Radio has pulled the plug on AAA 89.1 “NV89” 89.1 KVNV Sun Valley/Reno NV.

The move comes along with the resignation of Nevada Public Radio CEO Flo Rogers and the appointment of former Chairman Jerry Nadal as interim CEO. All four on-air staffers at KVNV have been let go including PD/morning host Malayna Joy, Music Director/afternoon host Gia DeSantis, and hosts David Nadel and Jake Wagner. The station has flipped to a temporary simulcast of Public News/Talk 88.9 KNPR Las Vegas, however the organization is planning to sell KVNV and its other licenses in Northern Nevada and Utah including 90.3 KSGU St. George.

KVNV launched in April 2017 as a competitor to Lotus AAA 100.1 KTHX.

Nevada Public Radio is facing significant business challenges that have resulted in severe cash flow issues. We are working with our attorneys and external advisors to help navigate through this challenging situation.

As of today, our CEO, Flo Rogers is stepping down so an interim CEO can bring the necessary level of financial and legal expertise currently needed to allow us to move ahead effectively in stabilizing Nevada Public Radio in order to continue serving our audiences. Our former Board of Directors’ Chair, Jerry Nadal, has agreed to serve as Interim CEO beginning September 23, 2019. Between now and September 23, our Board Treasurer will oversee the financial operations and the Board Governance Committee Chair will oversee the organization’s business management. During this transition period Flo Rogers has graciously agreed to assist the Board of Directors.

The Board of Directors is implementing major cost-cutting efforts while planning a restructure of the organization to increase efficiency and revenues. As part of this strategy, we are reviewing and analyzing every operational expense and eliminating all such expenses that are not absolutely essential to ensure continued operations.

We also, sadly, laid off all four of our NV89 (our Reno station) staff members, will no longer air the music discovery format and will instead remotely broadcast our KNPR program schedule on NV89. We had great hopes for NV89 and worked very hard to seek out community financial support in Reno with only modest success. Additionally, we are exploring the sale of Northern Nevada and Utah assets.

We are confident that we can turn things around with the continued oversight of the Board of Directors and under the leadership of Jerry Nadal and the support of our audience and donors.

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  1. Eric Jon Magnuson says

    Obviously, a group like EMF can never be counted out. But, there are plenty of regional operators that I can see picking up at least one of the stations–including KUNR/KNCJ, KUER, Utah Public Radio, SOS Radio, Pilgrim Radio, and perhaps even KNAU/KPUB (since KSGU’s transmitter is apparently in Arizona, although the coverage area may still be a better bet for either KUER or UPR).

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