Keri Brown is a reporter and host at WFDD. She comes to the Triad from West Virginia Public Broadcasting, where she served as the Chief Bureau Reporter for the Northern Panhandle. Prior to her time at West Virginia Public Broadcasting, Keri was the head assignment editor at WTRF-TV in Wheeling and a field producer and assignment manager at WPGH Fox 53 in Pittsburgh. She is a graduate of Ohio University.
Former 88.5 WFDD News Director Paul Brown founded Across the Blue Ridge at WFDD in the late 1980s. It was an instant hit, and was broadcast on WFDD for more than a decade until Paul left to become an executive, editor, producer, reporter, and world newscaster at NPR in Washington, DC. Now Paul is back in his beloved Blue Ridge region, his journalism and storytelling skills honed better than ever. He’s ready to present more music, share discussion with more interesting characters, and be your friend and guide in discovery.
Sean Bueter joined WFDD in August 2015 as a reporter covering issues across the Piedmont Triad and beyond.
Previously, Sean was a reporter, host and news director at WBOI in Fort Wayne, Ind., just a few hours from where he grew up. He also sorted Steve Inskeep’s mail as an intern at NPR in Washington, D.C.
Sean has experience on a variety of beats, including race, wealth and poverty, economic development, and more. His work has appeared on NPR’s Morning Edition and All Things Considered, and APM’s Marketplace.
Michael Burke hosted his first radio show at the age of nine – granted, it was in his basement, with a 45-rpm record changer, a tin can with holes for a mic and only ‘broadcast’ as far as the stairs, but the die was cast. Raised in Delaware, Michael worked at a local radio station in high school, then became a journalist and broadcaster in the US Navy. Over a career spanning more than two decades, Michael worked in radio and television in Greece, Italy, Midway Island, and numerous ships, including the battleship Wisconsin during Desert Storm.
Bethany joined the staff of WFDD in the fall of 2012. She received her B.A. and M.A. in English Literature from Wake Forest University and focused on Anglo-Irish writing.
Neal Charnoff joined 88.5 WFDD as Morning Edition host in 2014. Raised in the Catskill region of upstate New York, he graduated from Sarah Lawrence College in 1983. Armed with a liberal arts degree, Neal was fully equipped to be a waiter. So he prolonged his arrested development bouncing around New York and L.A. until discovering that people enjoyed listening to his voice on the radio.
Susan Childress joined 88.5 WFDD in December of 2014 to continue her extensive career in radio. Her previous broadcast experience includes the following: Marketing Consultant for Clear Channel Communications, Business Development Manager of The High Point Enterprise, General Manager of GHB Radio Group, Senior Account Manager of WMAG, and Local Sales Manager of WMFR News Talk 1230.
Sara joined the staff of WFDD in the fall of 2013. She came to the Triad from Chicago where she worked for the Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust and the Seminary Co-op Bookstore on the University of Chicago campus. She received her B.A. in Philosophy and French Language & Literature from The University of Chicago in 2011.
Molly Davis joined 88.5 WFDD in January of 2005. She is a graduate of Davidson College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English. Molly has twenty-plus years of experience in marketing, public and media relations, event planning, and nonprofit management, and began her career with Borders Books Music and Café, where she coordinated nationwide store grand opening events. In the late ‘90s, she served as Marketing Director for Winston-Salem Events.
Tom Dollenmayer came to WFDD from WUSF Public Media, licensed to the University of South Florida. He began his broadcast career as a part-time volunteer board operator at WLPJ in New Port Richey, Florida, in the fall of 1988. Dollenmayer served as Radio Operations Manager at WUSF and rose to the position of Station Manager over 2 radio stations and a TV station in just 5 years. In addition, he has worked with NPR Labs in Washington, DC, to test and implement new technologies to interconnect public radio stations and deliver new HD radio services.
Shawn Fitzmaurice works at SciWorks with a primary role as the Planetarium Technician. He holds a B.S. in Geology from Guilford College and is an official GIT (Geologist in Training).
Shawn is originally from Massachusetts where he worked at the Museum of Science in Boston. After a twenty-two year career, he and his family relocated to North Carolina for a change in scenery and to further his education.
David Ford earned his Bachelor and Master degrees in clarinet performance at Northwestern University, where he also studied composition and jazz arranging. After a career as a principal clarinetist in orchestras throughout the interior of Mexico, David returned to the states and began a radio-announcing career in Austin, Texas. At 89.5 KMFA, David produced and hosted hundreds of programs. Three of them (Mind Your Music, The Basics and T.G.I.F. Thank Goodness It’s Familiar) won international awards in the Fine Arts Radio Competition.
Paul Garber is a Winston-Salem native and an award-winning reporter who began his journalism career with an internship at The High Point Enterprise in 1993. He has previously worked at The Augusta (Ga.) Chronicle, The St. Louis Post-Dispatch, The News and Record of Greensboro and the Winston-Salem Journal, where he was the newspaper's first full-time multimedia reporter.
Eddie Garcia began his career as an audio engineer at the age of 13 when he figured out how to record fuzz guitar into his family’s Hi-Fi VCR. Many trips to Radio Shack later, he purchased a Tascam 424 MKII 4-track and hasn’t stopped pressing record since. After years of playing in bands, recording bands, and setting up rickety PA systems, he studied recording engineering at GTCC. During this time he was also a DJ at 90.9 WQFS, Guilford College’s student run radio station.
Karen Kantziper is thrilled to be a part of WFDD, since she has been a fan of the station and a public radio enthusiast for many years. She was born in Savannah, Georgia, but considers North Carolina home as she’s lived here for 23 years. Karen formerly worked in sales for a local TV affiliate for 13 years. Before that, she was Public Relations Director at the American Red Cross in Georgia after also working in blood donor recruitment.
Emily joined WFDD in 2014. It’s a homecoming after 11 years working in public radio for stations in colder climates. She graduated from the University of North Carolina in Greensboro in 2003, where she earned her degree in music. She moved to Bloomington, Indiana where she saw an advertisement on the side of a bus for the local station, WFIU, and began volunteering. That turned into a full time gig, where Emily did everything from producing fund drives, co-hosting a classical music quiz show, and handling station relations.
The path that led Quique to WFDD is anything but linear. After moving from Peru to the U.S. at age 11, Quique picked up the guitar and an old boom box (complete with a tiny built-in microphone) and began recording music on cassette tapes. Though the lifelong plan was to pursue a career in something different altogether (visual arts), Quique switched gears last minute and attended Davidson College instead, majoring in Sociology. Afterward, he took another turn and earned a Master’s degree in Counseling at Wake Forest University.
Paul Roper knew he wanted to be in broadcasting while he was growing up in Brooklyn, N.Y. His parents were the audience whenever he decided to do play-by-play of hockey and baseball on television or read the news from the local newspaper. After graduating from Seton Hall University in South Orange, N.J., Paul was play-by-play announcer for the ECHL's Trenton Devils for one season and with the Ontario Hockey League's Erie Otters for four seasons. He also works at IMG College as a producer and studio host for the Florida Gators.
Lopa Shah is the Radio Instructor for Radio 101, WFDD’s high school radio class. Lopa started working with youth radio during an internship with the Duke Center for Documentary Studies’ Youth Document Durham program. She spent an additional summer working as the program’s Audio Teacher. Lopa went on to work at the Art & Media House in Washington, DC as their Media Coordinator. She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Timothy joined the staff of WFDD in the summer of 2015. He received his B.A. in Anthropology and M.A. in Counseling from Wake Forest University. After graduate school, Timothy spent four years in Residence Life & Housing at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He has called the Triad home for ten years and is looking forward to further engaging the WFDD community. In his spare time, Timothy enjoys spending time with his family, supporting Wake Forest athletics, and reading.