5 Questions with WMHT Public Media’s new president and CEO Anthony V. Hayes

by Anna Munhin Mar 19, 2023 News
5 Questions with WMHT Public Media’s new president and CEO Anthony V. Hayes

Anthony V. is the new president and CEO of the company.

The only locally owned, nonprofit, multichannel public communications organization that reaches beyond the traditional broadcasting model to act as a leader is based in the Capital Region.

This is the first thing. In January, you began working at the hospital. What happened to get you here?

I have devoted my life and career to serving individuals and communities through my work in public media. I have held senior management positions at great organizations in Washington, DC, Virginia, Connecticut, and most recently at New England Public Media in Springfield, MA. I am very excited to be the president and CEO of WMHT Public Media.

There are two What is the special thing about this place?

Wmt has a long history. It has been impacting the community for over 70 years. The quality and strength of its programming have been recognized. There is a spectacular team from talented and committed staff to a visionary and collaborative board of trustees. Despite turbulent economic times and an evolving media landscape, WMHT remains on sound financial footing.

There are three. What are you planning to do?

My first focus is twofold. Our commitment to local and regional arts, culture, and public service, as well as our partnership with PBS to present outstanding national programs, will be ensured first.

We will engage with our valued members, partners, viewers, listeners, and communities to understand how we can create additional local content for the region. Efforts to support and advance regional initiatives that empower diversity, equity and inclusion will be included.

There are four. How will you communicate?

Soon, you will hear more about my plans for conducting a listening tour across our entire coverage area. I would like to hear firsthand from regional stakeholders, as well as viewers, listeners, members, donors, and residents. We will develop and deliver timely and relevant content that addresses the issues, challenges, and opportunities that affect people and communities in our region.

There are five. Public media's role is important.

Public media is more than a job for me. I believe in the power of public media to educate, entertain, empower, and enrich our communities. I deliver programs and services that challenge assumptions and address the needs of people of color. I am confident in the ability of the public media to contribute to the success of the region.