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Altman to step down after 15 years as head of WMHT

Robert Altman, president and CEO of WMHT Public Media.

Robert Altman, president and CEO of WMHT Public Media.

TROY — The longtime president and CEO of WMHT Public Media will step down early next year.

Robert Altman’s 15-year tenure has been marked by expansion of the public communications company from a single-station radio and television broadcaster to a multi-station, multi-platform content provider. It is now also a digital media and streaming service provider.

“Much of the technological changes have occurred while Robert has also been establishing WMHT’s place as a convenor, educator and leader in the community,” WMHT Board Chair Kathy Jimino said in a news release announcing Altman’s plans Friday.

“This has never been more evident than during the global pandemic when Robert provided the leadership needed to not only continue to provide the services our community has come to expect from WMHT but also to help our community address the new challenges brought on by this crisis.”

Altman, a Kinderhook resident, has spent four decades working in public media, beginning in development and marketing at WHYY in Philadelphia.

Later, he was senior vice president of development and corporate relations at PBS, then directed the Corporation for Public Broadcasting Major Giving Initiative in Washington, D.C.

At WMHT, he made education and the arts a priority. He oversaw the establishment of “AHA! A House for Art,” now in its eighth season, as well as ongoing in-person and virtual educational programs for community members of all ages.

The locally-owned nonprofit focuses on community, culture and connections via entertainment, enrichment and engagement through television, radio, digital media, and educational services.

Those services include WMHT-DT (17.1); WMHT-Create (17.2); WMHT-World (17.3); WMHT PBS Kids (17.4); WMHT-FM 89.1 and WRHV-FM 88.7 (classical public radio); WEXT Radio 97.7/106.1 (AAA public radio); and RISE, a radio reading service for the blind and print-disabled.

A national search will be mounted for Altman’s successor.

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