New Leadership for SRG

Station Resource Group Names Bill Davis Principal

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December 20, 2021 - The Station Resource Group (SRG) has announced that Bill Davis, a 37-year veteran of public radio, will succeed long-term co-CEOs Tom Thomas and Terry Clifford, who have led the organization since its inception.

Founded in 1984, SRG is an alliance of public media organizations that benefit from shared research, advocacy, collaboration, and strategic visioning. SRG works at the highest levels of the U.S. public media system, interacting with organizations and leaders at the top of their field, guiding innovation, and expanding local and national service and sustainability.

Bill Davis was the founding President and CEO of Southern California Public Radio. From 2001 to 2019, he steered an underperforming radio station, KPCC 89.3, into a national leader in multi-platform public service journalism and civic engagement. He created a regional network of stations, acquired the digital-first LAist, and developed one of the most diverse public media teams in the country. During his tenure SCPR grew its annual budget to $32 million and completed a $27 million capital campaign.

After leaving the SCPR CEO position, Davis continued to support the organization as President Emeritus and has advised others in the field, from SRG to station leaders.

Prior to SCPR, Davis was Senior Vice President for Programming at National Public Radio at a time when the network was expanding both its foreign and domestic coverage and making early investments in on-demand digital content. He has served on the NPR and SRG boards of directors and was public radio's first elected member of Arbitron's Radio Advisory Council.

SRG's leadership transition comes at a pivotal time - issues such as digital transformation; diversity, equity, and inclusion; addressing the continuing crisis in local journalism; evolving local roles for music stations; and navigating local public radio stations' relationships with other stakeholders within public media have never been more important.

"Bill's depth of experience in both operating local stations and leadership positions at the national level, coupled with his record of building successful DEI programs and developing relationships throughout the public radio system and the funding community, make him ideally suited for this role," said David Kansas, SRG Board Chair and President of American Public Media. "In addition, his relationships with policymakers and strong interest in public policy will serve us well in that arena."

"The opportunity to continue serving the public radio industry and advocating for our stations and listeners is one I am both grateful for and humbled by," said Davis. "I've seen first-hand the impact that individual stations can have on listeners and communities and am excited to work with stations across the country to more fully realize their mission, their potential, and their promise."

As Thomas and Clifford step down, they leave behind a significant SRG legacy. Under their leadership, SRG launched PRX to foster and digitally distribute new programming and Public Media Company, which advises public media organizations seeking to preserve services and expand their reach. Other initiatives have bolstered local public media organizations through the Public Radio Expansion Task Force, public radio's Grow the Audience project, Classical Music Rising, early work on major giving, and multiple policy decisions at NPR and the FCC.

Most recently Thomas and Clifford have focused SRG on strengthening public media's local journalism, the ability of the field to better reflect the diversity of the communities it serves and targeting national investments to achieve stabilization and recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic.

"We are indebted to Tom and Terry for all that they've done for SRG members and the industry as a whole," said Kansas. "As a result of the research and national programs they've conceived of and executed to the collaborations they've fostered, the industry is smarter and better prepared for the future."

Davis will assume the role of Principal on January 10 and report to the SRG Board of Directors.

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