LaFontaine Oliver, general manager at Morgan State's WEAA-FM since 2007, is leaving to run public radio station WMFE-FM in Orlando, according to the Orlando Sentinel.
Here's part of Sentinel TV Critic Hal Boedecker's report on the hiring of Oliver:
“He has energy and enthusiasm, and we thought he would lead us to great things,” said Derek Blakeslee, chairman of WMFE’s board of directors.
Oliver replaces Jose Fajardo, who left WMFE in October. Oliver’s challenges will include leading a reduced staff through a tumultuous media landscape. WMFE, which got out of public television in 2011, now has 15 employees overall and four full-timers in the news department. WMFE is working to hire several reporters, Blakeslee said.
In 2007, WMFE had 78 employees in all for TV and radio operations.
In a statement, Oliver said, “Our mission is to make WMFE the best station of its kind in not only the local market, but the United States.”
Read Boedecker's full report here.
Oliver could not immediately be reached for comment Thursday afternoon.