New staff members join radio station WFDD

Five people have joined the staff at radio station WFDD (88.5 FM), the public radio station that broadcasts from Wake Forest University.

Evan Richey, a professional cellist and former owner of a recording studio in New York, has joined WFDD as operations coordinator. Richey graduated from high school at the North Carolina School of the Arts and attended the college there and The Julliard School. He performs with the Greensboro Symphony.

Denise Franklin, a 20-year veteran broadcast journalist and communications consultant, has joined WFDD as senior news host and editor. Franklin earned a bachelor’s degree at Wichita State University and is an adjunct instructor in the department of communication at Wake Forest University.

Anna Cox has joined WFDD as membership coordinator. Cox, who received a bachelor’s degree at Wake Forest in 2000, headed the American Red Cross activities in Davie County for the past year. Cox worked for WFDD as a student from 1996 to spring 2000 as an assistant.

Marian Wilson, a professional violist, has been named a music host and producer at WFDD. She will produce the “Live from Studio A” program and coordinate Web site activites. Wilson worked with WFDD for the past year as administrative assistant and interim operations coordinator. She received a bachelor’s degree at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and graduated from high school at the North Carolina School of the Arts.

Sheila Thrower has joined WFDD as an underwriting associate from WWFM, a classical music station in New Egypt, N.J., where she was traffic and membership manager. She will work with corporate sponsors in the Greensboro area. She received a bachelor’s degree from Trenton State College.

Marie Sherman has joined WFDD as administrative assistant. She was an office assistant with the N.C. Division of Vocational Services/Independent Living. She is a graduate of Forsyth Technical Community College.

“These people will help WFDD realize its potential as a public radio station,” station manager Jay Banks said. “They will build upon the remarkable growth in support the station has enjoyed over the past 15 to 20 years. They and our longer term employees are very willing to work as a team to improve the station’s value to our listeners and sponsors.”

WFDD is the only FM radio station in the Piedmont area providing complete National Public Radio (NPR) news, classical music, opera, jazz and local area cultural news.

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