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Eureka >> Paul McNally, president of the board of directors of KEET-TV, recently announced the selection of Larry Ciecalone to fill the position of executive director. “With his proven record of leadership in public broadcasting, his successful history of useful and transformative collaboration with other community organizations and his commitment to the programs and potential offered by public televison, Larry has the skills, dedication and ability to build on the outstanding record of more than forty years of service that is the history of KEET-TV and public television on the North Coast,” said McNally in the press release.

Ciecalone comes to KEET-TV from a long professional career in public television and media, according to the statement from KEET. A graduate of California Pacific University, with a master’s of business administration degree from University of Nevada, Las Vegas, he served as general manager for more than 18 years and as COO for 14 years in public media and instructional technology. His career included serving as the president and CEO of KVCR DT/FM/FNX with the San Bernardino Community College District and the KVCR Educational Foundation, as general manager for KETN and KETC in Kern County and at KLVX-TV in Las Vegas, the press release continued.

He was instrumental in developing and acquiring funding for two television networks, one national and one regional, and has launched two startup networks, most recently the FNX (First Nations Experience) Television Network providing Native American content, according to McNally. Ciecalone has expanded broadcasting operations, increased public television membership and support, and developed partnerships and collaborations that have been useful in enhancing public television content and delivery to the viewers his stations have served.

The board of directors of KEET-TV conducted a nation-wide search for its new executive director. Ciecalone will succeed current executive director Ron Schoenherr, who will be retiring after sixteen years with KEET-TV, the release continued.

“Under Ron’s excellent leadership, KEET-TV has served as an outstanding resource for viewers on the North Coast providing essential information, educational, and recreational programs,” McNally said in the release. “We are confident that Larry Ciecalone will build on that history of achievement as he and the KEET-TV staff manage the challenges and opportunities that drive public television today. We are pleased to welcome him to the North Coast.”

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