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Nevada Public Radio names Favian Perez Interim CEO following Mark Vogelzang retirement

Mark Vogelzang (L) and Favian Perez.
Nevada Public Radio
Mark Vogelzang (L) and Favian Perez.

Don Hamrick, Chairman, Board of Directors, Nevada Public Radio, announces the retirement of Mark Vogelzang as CEO, effective October 6, 2023, and the appointment of Favian Perez to Interim CEO. Perez, who has been with Nevada Public Radio for ten years, assumes this new responsibility after serving as the organization’s chief operating officer since 2022.

Vogelzang, who enjoyed a nearly 40-year career in broadcast management at stations across the country and as a national public broadcasting nonprofit leader, joined Nevada Public Radio in early 2022 after being lured from his longtime public broadcasting position in Maine just as he was preparing to retire. According to Hamrick, it was an opportunity Vogelzang couldn’t refuse as a capstone to his impressive public media career.

“We’re deeply appreciative of Mark’s stewardship of Nevada Public Radio and progress during his tenure. From journalism to major gifts, from increased news reporting to partnerships with other organizations and an expanded Board of Directors, these and other efforts championed by Mark will continue to help us grow,” said Hamrick.

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During his tenure with Nevada Public Radio, Perez served as Senior Director of Revenue, overseeing underwriting, membership, sales and development for the organization prior to stepping into the role of Chief Operating Officer last year. In his career, Perez also worked with The Nielsen Company and Univision Communications, both locally and nationally.

“I am deeply humbled by the opportunity to lead our team of media professionals at Nevada Public Radio,” said Perez. “The tremendous foundational work completed by Mark and our Board of Directors will act as a springboard in this transition. Our member, listener, and community constituents look to us to deliver the highest-quality news, journalism, culture and arts programming. I am excited to continue this work and look forward to realizing Nevada Public Radio’s highest potential.”

“The Board is committed to the successful transition of leadership at Nevada Public Radio now and in the future,” said Hamrick. “Our NPR news station is changing and adapting as public radio journalism is growing new and different audience patterns. We have exciting plans to meet our listeners wherever they are, while increasing engagement with genuinely distinctive approaches in the months ahead. Having the region’s premier city publication, Desert Companion, gives us a tremendous additional tool. This is a unique institution that serves all citizens of this region, and we highly value the mission and support it fully.”

Mark said about his retirement, “After a wonderful professional career in public radio and television, I feel a powerful sense that I need to attend to my personal life while the time is right. With my incredible new wife Marthe, our extended and blended family and grandchildren across the country and in Europe all want to see more of me. Under Favian’s leadership, KNPR will be able to make the important moves to grow this institution in the months and years ahead. I remain dedicated to help Nevada Public Radio in every possible way.”

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