Lehigh Valley Public Media’s Christine Dempsey to Join PRPD’s Board of Directors

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Christine Dempsey, currently serving as the Senior Vice President of Radio for WLVR at Lehigh Valley Public Media, will begin her term with the board of directors beginning in February 2020


Bethlehem, PA. – January 6 – Lehigh Valley Public Media’s™ Senior Vice President of Radio, Christine Dempsey has been elected to join the Public Radio Program Directors Association’s board of directors and will begin her term this February.

“Christine is invaluable to the WLVR and the Lehigh Valley Public Media team,” said Tim Fallon, Chief Executive Officer of Lehigh Valley Public Media, home of PBS39. “We’re proud of Christine for her tireless work on WLVR and congratulate her for being elected to this seat. It’s certainly well-deserved.”

Dempsey takes this seat with 30 plus years of professional radio experience most recently from WABE-Atlanta. She has worked for WHYY, Philadelphia, WDIY in Bethlehem, WNYC in New York City and a variety of other public radio stations while she was an on-air fundraising consultant. Dempsey has been recognized with industry awards from the National Federation of Community Broadcasters, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the National Academy of Television Arts and Science, as well as the Philadelphia Society of Professional Journalists and the Pennsylvania Associated Press. Most recently, she was awarded the prestigious Peabody and RFK Journalism awards for the podcast, Buried Truths. In addition, the podcast, Bottom of the Map, which she developed, was accepted as part of PRX’s Project Catapult.

Dempsey currently oversees the programming and recent launch of WLVR 91.3, the first full-service, NPR news and information radio station serving the Greater Lehigh Valley. With broadcast partner, Lehigh University, WLVR 91.3-FM airs national and international news, plus local news coverage from their internal team of journalists, the Reporter Corps®. WLVR also features programs from NPR such as Morning Edition and All Things Considered, American Public Media, BBC World Service and PRX Public Radio Exchange.

“I’m honored to join the board and continue to help develop resources and collaborative networking opportunities for current and future program directors,” said Dempsey.

The Public Radio Program Directors Association has nearly 200 members and represents more than 800 public media outlets, including national networks, local stations, and independent producers. Visit prpd.org to learn more about the association. The official board election announcement can be found here.


About Lehigh Valley Public Media™
Lehigh Valley Public Media, home of PBS39/WLVT, WLVR, and WPPT, acts as the catalyst to promote civic engagement, and to fulfill the regional needs of the Greater Lehigh Valley, through its dynamic communication platforms and resources. The Reporter Corps® creates community-focused content for PBS39 News Tonight, digital platforms, and WLVR. Lehigh Valley Public Media and the United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley are partnering to fund and fulfill the regional literacy initiative Lehigh Valley Reads. This campaign is working to ensure all Lehigh Valley students read on grade level by the end of third grade by 2025. Lehigh Valley Public Media is a community-owned public media organization serving eastern Pennsylvania and New Jersey. LVPM is licensed in Allentown to the Lehigh Valley Public Telecommunications Corporation. For more information, visit PBS39.org.

About the PRPD
The Public Radio Program Directors Association is a vital membership organization that advocates for high-quality programming and provides resources for public media program directors. Our nearly 200 members represent over 800 public media outlets, including national networks, local stations, and independent producers.


Information provided to TVL by:
Victoria Scialfa
Marketing and Public Relations Manager
Lehigh Valley Public Media