WDIY Announces New Executive Director

Sep 5, 2013

The Board of Directors of WDIY, Lehigh Valley Community Public Radio, is pleased to announce that Wagner Previato has been named Executive Director. Mr. Previato, who will begin work August 19, will advance strategic direction for the organization, and oversee programming, marketing, fundraising, and technology. Previato is an experienced executive who has provided leadership in both for-profit and non-profit organizations throughout his career.

Board President Michael Kraynak adds, "Wagner will combine careful stewardship of resources with executive management and innovative thinking as WDIY pivots toward enhanced local impact and increased listenership. We’re impressed by his passion for great music, his belief in the importance of sound journalism, and his exceptional commitment to Community Public Radio. It is thrilling to have him aboard.”

Previato replaces Dr. Bill Dautremont-Smith who will retire from the organization at the end of August.

Previato comes to WDIY with over 17 years of experience in non-profit management, marketing and communications. He spent five years as Director of Marketing and Membership for WLRN, the NPR/PBS member station in Miami. And most recently, he was Director of Marketing and Communications for Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation. He has an MBA from Florida International University and a BA from Brigham Young University. He lives in Bethlehem with his wife and two children.

Previato adds, "I am very excited about joining WDIY, and I look forward to working with the staff, volunteers and the board of directors to further our mission. Together, we can maximize our resources while continuing to provide the Lehigh Valley with daily, in-depth news and locally produced music programs."