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Lynn Brown named next WPBS president and general manager

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M. Lynn Brown will become the first female president and general manager at Watertown’s public broadcasting station.

The current executive vice president with big aspirations for WPBS-DT will replace Thomas F. Hanley effective June 29.

“I feel very excited,” she said. “I’m looking forward to not just carrying on our mission in education but to have it grow into a state-of-the-art digital facility.”

She was announced as head of the station in the station’s latest Insights member magazine.

“These are bitter-sweet times at WPBS as we say farewell to a loyal and steadfast leader and transition to a new era of leadership,” the announcement said.

The announcement credits Mr. Hanley with helping the station complete its digital transition from its analog days and creating a business model that uses a corporate support department.

Mrs. Brown has served WPBS for 14 years under Mr. Hanley — who announced his June retirement in early December —and has no plans to leave anytime soon.

“I’ve had various positions at the station and have a strong understanding of the operations,” she said.

WPBS board of trustees President Jack J. Boak Jr. said she has a great on-air presence and is familiar with all areas at the station, making her the perfect candidate for the position.

“She has an exceptional history with PBS,” he said. “She’s a very dedicated person to PBS and believes in the mission, and that’s what made her an excellent choice.”

Mrs. Brown is active in the community, serving on the Jefferson County American Association of University Women, the Watertown Noon Rotary Club, the board of trustees of River Hospital, Alexandria Bay, and the River Hospital Foundation board of trustees.

Mrs. Brown is confident about her upcoming position at the station and said she hopes to turn it into the voice for the community, recalling recent campaigns for the Children’s Home of Jefferson County and about truancy at Watertown City School District.

“I really want to be there for those who don’t have a marketing budget,” she said. “I’m excited about it and really look forward to what we can become for the community.”

Mrs. Brown lives in Theresa with her husband, Scott. K. Brown, and two children, Tyeler S., 19, and Misty L., 16.

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