New Program Director and Sunday Classical Music Host Join NEPR

New England Public Radio is pleased to announce two new hires for the station. John Voci, who has until recently served as Interim Executive Director for Programing and Content has been hired to fill that position permanently. Cheryl Willoughby will join the music staff as the host of Sunday Classical from 10 am – 3 pm on WFCR.

“We are pleased and excited to welcome John Voci as our new Executive Director for Programming and Content and to expand our staff with the addition of Cheryl Willougby,” said Martin Miller, CEO and General Manager of NEPR. “This comes at and exciting time in the station’s history with our move to Springfield now scheduled for September.”

Voci has worked in all areas of public media including radio, TV and digital, since 1977. He joined WGBH Boston in 1981 working in a variety of capacities over thirty-two years. He managed WGBH’s expansion and development of three broadcast services and six radio channels as well as the station’s move to new facilities in 2007. He’s produced radio programs for National Public Radio, Public Radio International and WGBH; television projects for WGBH’s Basic Black; digital projects for a variety a WGBH initiatives and was Technical Director for many of the station’s pioneering digital broadcasts. Voci is a certified Project Management Professional specializing in project management and media consulting for clients in broadcast, digital media and construction. Voci replaces Helen Barrington who left the station in April.

Willoughby got an early start in radio, volunteering at various stations in her native city of Denver before getting her first public radio job in 1986 at KUNC while attending college in Greeley, Colorado. Since then she’s traversed the United States with stints as assistant music director at Colorado Public Radio, music director at KUSC-FM in Los Angeles, and classical program director at VPR Classical in Vermont. Most recently, Willoughby worked at WGBH’s classical station, WCRB in Boston, as the station’s first-ever music director. About the unique power of music, Willoughby says “Music is one of the rare shared experiences in our busy world that still has the ability to bring us together and engage us as a community.” She will replace long-time classical music host Walter Carroll on Sundays at 10am, sharing an uplifting blend of choral selections (her personal passion!) and instrumental favorites. Carroll will continue as the station’s afternoon classical host Monday through Friday 1-4 pm.