Mary Olsen, General Manager, KCLU

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Public Radio, there's nothing like it

You need to meet people where they are."Mary Olsen, General Manager, KLCU

In this show, we talk with Mary Olsen who is part of the original team that put KCLU on the air in 1994. Under her leadership, KCLU has grown from single signal to a network of five stations serving the central coast from Agoura Hills northward to San Luis Obispo. She has thirty years of management and budget experience, with over twenty of them in broadcast management.

Mary tells us about the Driveway Moment, which we've all experienced, it's when you're listening to a great show on KCLU, and you've arrived home, and you sit in the car, in the driveway until it's finished. Mary helped us understand the economics of running a local NPR station and how she fosters great radio journalism, encouraging her reporters to dig deep into topics.

Mary received her undergraduate degree in Mass Communications from Purdue University with an emphasis on Radio/TV Production and her Master’s degree in Public Policy and Administration from CLU. She is very active in the community, is a member of The Rotary Club of Westlake Village, leads her daughter’s Girl Scout Troop, serves on a variety of nonprofit boards, and donates her time by serving as an MC and auctioneer for dozens of nonprofit organizations’ events annually.

KCLU listeners recognize her voice during the bi-annual membership drives by her high-energy and passion when discussing KCLU’s public service mission and programming.