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Ron Jones returned to KCUR in September, 2013 as Director of Community Engagement. He leads a team that will focus on the arts, entrepreneurship, neighborhoods and community diversity. Its goal is to coordinate community conversations about important issues on-air, online and in person.
Before returning to KCUR, Jones was Program Director at WDET in Detroit, where he oversaw all programming content. Jones worked closely with news/talk and music programming to provide an administrative structure for programming, quality control and program development. He also managed production, on-air fundraising, promotion and broadcast operations. WDET has received national recognition for its work with community engagement, and crowdsourcing for both content and fundraising.
Prior to his position in Detroit, Jones served as Vice President of Programming at Chicago Public Radio, where he oversaw all station programming activities, including news, music, engineering and other initiatives for WBEZ, Chicago, WBEQ, Chesterton, Indiana and WBEW, Morris, Illinois. Under his leadership Chicago Public radio received numerous national and regional awards for programming and journalistic excellence. In addition he provided management oversight of WLUW, an independent community station licensed to Loyola University and managed by Chicago Public Radio.
Prior to his work with Chicago Public Radio, Jones served as Program Director at WGBH-FM in Boston. His responsibilities included oversight of on-air staff, promotion, audience research and fundraising activities. In addition, he has served as General Manager of WERS-FM in Boston, and Program Director at KCUR-FM in Kansas City, Missouri and KANU-FM in Lawrence, Kansas.
Jones served on the board of the Public Radio Program Director’s Association and The World Vision Report. He holds a B.S. degree in Broadcast Journalism from the University of Kansas.