WDIY Radio looking for new exec director

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Published: May 10 2013 11:11:51 AM EDT
Bill Dautremont-Smith
LEHIGH VALLEY, Pa. -

The Lehigh Valley's NPR station is looking for a new executive director.

WDIY's board of directors said its current executive director, Dr. Bill Dautremont-Smith will retire by the end of the summer.

“Bill brought a new spirit to WDIY,” said Board President Michael Kraynak. “His dedication to the station runs deep, and his efforts working to provide quality community public radio to the Lehigh Valley have been significant. By carefully enhancing nearly every aspect of the operation, Bill has positioned us for sustained growth and meaningful evolution."

The board will conduct a nationwide search to fill the position.

Dautremont-Smith has been involved with WDIY for 10 years after taking early retirement from his long career in technology development at AT&T/Lucent/Agere.

He's been a volunteer on-air host, a member of the board of directors and the executive director for the past five years.

During his time as Executive Director, the station has seen a 40 percent increase in membership.

According to a news release, Dautremont-Smith and his wife Charleyne plan to split their time between the Lehigh Valley and France, where their daughter and family live.

He will assist in the transition to a new executive director.