Evelyn Massaro, longtime station manager and development director of WNMU-FM in Marquette has retired after a 42-year career in public media. Massaro retired June 30.
“It’s never a dull moment when you work in public media and I wouldn’t have had it any other way,” Massaro said in an email to The Current confirming her retirement. “It’s been a fun ride and now I’m off to live the next chapter of my life as an eccentric sustaining member.”
Massaro worked at Northern Michigan University’s NPR station for most of her career, starting as a student employee in 1979 and joining the staff in 1983 as promotions director. She worked as membership manager at WUSF-FM in Tampa, Fla., from 1992 until 2002, when she returned to WNMU as station manager and development director.
The MAB/MAPB/MAB Foundation announced last week that Massaro will be recipient of the 2021 Professional Public Media Impact Award. The annual award recognizes outstanding individuals or foundations involved in public broadcasting for their innovativeness and creativity, to inspire others involved in public broadcasting to greater achievement in the field of public radio and television; and to increase awareness of public broadcasting and the contributions talented individuals make to the industry statewide.
Tammy Wixtrom-Johnson, who has worked as WNMU’s business and community support coordinator, was promoted to station manager, Massaro said.