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May 16, 1997

WOI manager finalists named

Three finalists have been named in the search for a new manager of WOI AM/FM Radio. They are William L. Combs, general manager for Dayton Public Radio, Ohio; William A. McGinley, station manager at KASU Radio, Arkansas State University, Jonesboro; and Donald T. Wirth, business manager and interim general manager for WOI AM/FM Radio.

Two of the finalists already have visited Iowa State to interview and meet with university groups. Combs is here today, May 16. The campus community may meet with him during a one-hour open forum at 1:30 p.m. in the Memorial Union Alumni Suite.

Combs has served for 10 years as general manager of Dayton Public Radio, which includes WDPR-FM and WDPG-FM in Dayton and Greenville, Ohio. He also was director of marketing and development for Mt. Healthy Christian Home, Christian Benevolent Assn., Cincinnati, and director of development for WGUC-FM at the University of Cincinnati.

He has held positions with a community action organization, council on rural service programs and other radio stations in Ohio. He received a B.S. in business/marketing from The Union Institute, Cincinnati, in 1985.

McGinley has been station manager at KASU Radio at Arkansas State for the past two years. Previously, he served as radio manager for Prairie Public Radio, Bismarck, N.D.; general manager for KMSU Radio, Mankato State University, Minnesota; and reprographics director and special projects coordinator at KMSU.

At Mankato State, he also chaired the mass communications institute, directed the regional TV center and taught. He received a B.A. in radio/TV from the University of Montana, Missoula, in 1966, and M.A. in radio/TV from Indiana University, Bloomington, in 1968.

Wirth has served as business manager for WOI Radio for the past three years and interim manager during the past nine months. Previously, Wirth served as controller, benefits coordinator and personnel manager for Iowa State University Broadcasting Corp.; business manager for WOI-AM/FM/TV; and business manager for the Student Health Service at Iowa State.

He also has served as budget analyst, management analyst and revenue examiner for the Iowa Department of Revenue, Des Moines. He received a B.S. in industrial administration from Iowa State in 1972.

The new manager will succeed Rick Lewis, who left ISU last September.

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