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Two industry veterans join WSNC’s staff

Two industry veterans have joined the administrative staff of WSNC 90.5 FM to kick off 2019.  

Phil Allen, who has extensive programming experience, has joined the staff as program director.

Allen served for 14 years as production director for the Entercom Communications stations in Greensboro.

He has also been marketing consultant/production manager at WWBZ-FM/WJSN-FM and WAZS-AM in North Charleston, South Carolina; production manager for WQOK-FM/WFXC-FM & WNNL-FM in Raleigh; assistant program director/production manager at WWWZ-FM/WMGL-FM in North Charleston, South Carolina; program director/music director at WVKO-AM in Columbus, Ohio; and program director/music director at WZFX-FM in Fayetteville.

Allen replaces Ben Donnelly, who left the station in July.

Karen Cates-Phipps, who has an extensive background developing revenue and revenue producing fundraising projects, has joined WSNC's staff as development director.

Cates-Phipps comes to WSNC after a recent stint as account executive and sales manager for The News & Record in Greensboro.

She was also a print marketing account consultant with Staples Business Advantage in Cary; director of regional development with Capital Direct Main in Raleigh; publisher/vice president sales and development with the Chapel Hill Magazine/Durham Magazine; digital sales manager with Clear Channel Radio in Greensboro; director of new business development for WLYF-FM/WMXJ-FM in Miami; and general sales manager with WRAL-FM in Raleigh. 

“I’m really excited to be able to attract two top tier performers who have proven they can do the work with a competitive standard that we need to produce here at WSNC,” said Brian Anthony, general manager for WSNC. “I’m happy that they were just as impressed and motivated with the direction of WSNC as I am with their skills that we’re adding to our restructuring. 2019 should be a fun year for WSNC and its listeners.” 

WSNC 90.5 FM, with studios and tower on the campus of Winston-Salem State University (WSSU), provides jazz, blues, reggae, Latin and gospel music programming; news and public affairs content from National Public Radio (NPR) and Public Radio International (PRI); and local public affairs programming. The station, part of the Division of Strategic Communications, celebrated 25 years of service to the Piedmont Triad in 2018. For more information, visit wsncradio.org.

Phil Allen
Karen Cates-Phipps 

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