Veteran broadcaster Henri Pensis has been named director of programming for UIndy public radio station WICR-FM/HD, effective Sept. 11.
Pensis brings four decades of experience in music and news/talk radio formats, most recently as station manager at public stations WMOT-FM in Murfreesboro, Tenn., WUFT-FM in Gainesville, Fla., and WWNO-FM in New Orleans.
WICR, which provides central Indiana’s only regular schedule of jazz and classical music, is operated by UIndy’s Department of Communication and staffed by university students, faculty and staff, with additional programming from Public Radio International, American Public Media, Classical Music Indy and other independent producers. The station broadcasts at 88.7 FM and on three digital channels.
In his new post reporting to WICR General Manager Scott Uecker, Pensis will be responsible for on-air, online and social media content for all channels. He also will provide programming input for the student-run campus TV operation, UIndy TV5, as well as assisting with select courses and acting as coach and mentor to student broadcasters.
“Given his experience with student staffers, HD multicasting and jazz and classical programming, Henri fully understands WICR’s niche in this market,” Uecker said. “We’re fortunate to have found a candidate with his unique professional background to help us reach the next level as a station, but more importantly, he’s a valuable addition to help prepare our students to contribute to the broadcasting industry upon graduation.”
Pensis holds a bachelor’s degree in radio, TV and film from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. He replaces Russ Maloney, who recently left the university after 13 years, the past eight as director of programming, to pursue a writing career in California.
According to Nielsen Media Research, WICR has ranked among the Top 20 radio stations in the Indianapolis market and reached more than 60,000 listeners each week during the past two ratings periods. The station began broadcasting in 1962. More information and online listening are available at www.wicronline.org.