Well, folks, that’s all she wrote….
I am leaving WBUR for the wilds of Upstate New York to take a position as Web Director at Union College.
My last day here at the station will be August 7.
It’s time for a change before the moss grows too thick. I’ve been at the station just shy of nine years. Nine exhilarating, at times frustrating, never, ever dull years. And I honestly can say that the last year and a half have easily been the most professionally rewarding. I have WBUR, the social media revolution, and you to thank for that.
Union is an excellent school, boasting a long history (how many American schools have been around three centuries?) and helmed by the estimable Stephen Charles Ainlay, formerly vice president for academic affairs at Holy Cross. And it is an especially exciting time to be joining the school as it is embarking upon a new digital marketing campaign that includes a soup-to-nuts overhaul of its website.
Moreover, my spouse and I have for years now talked about getting away from the hustle and bustle of the “Big City.” More greenery and space, a puppy for the boy, and a five-minute commute beckon us west. That check-to-jowl 62 Bus will not be among the many things I’ll miss about the Hub.
Perhaps I’ve drunk too liberally from the Kool-Aid, but I like to think some of the station’s Web 2.0 experimentation has fostered deeper connections between the station and you, our listeners (you know, the folks who cut the checks and not incidentally, own the airwaves). One thing for certain: It’s been great fun.
Thank you all. For the advice, participation, engagement, collaboration, and donated labor. (Anyone in need of a crackerjack copy editor?)
In the coming weeks I plan to express my thanks directly to as many folks as possible in addition to saying goodbye. (But of course, when you think about it, social media means never really having to say goodbye.)
Stay tuned. I hope to know more in the coming days