JBiz Meet-Up, Get Connected
Join Jmore and our expanding group of business professionals and community leaders as we gather to hear LaFontaine Oliver, President and General Manager of WYPR, speak about delivering and consuming responsible journalism. Meet like minded people in the Courtyard at Green Spring Station while dining on the delicious cuisine of Tark's Grille.
LaFontaine E. Oliver was named president and general manager of WYPR in Baltimore in July of 2019, after 6 years at WMFE in Orlando Florida. At WMFE, Oliver oversaw the expansion of its newsroom and local news coverage adding beat reporters, expanding its public affairs program Intersection and launching an award winning health desk. Oliver fostered the award-winning news series to give voices to diverse groups. Under Oliver's leadership major efforts included spearheading community engagement efforts to get the station out in the community at diverse events, birthing a Young Friends of 90.7 WMFE, an initiative to connect and engage with young and young-at-heart public radio listeners, and spearheading a marketing campaign designed to encourage active listening and civil discourse in the community with 90.7 WMFE acting as the conduit. In September 2017, Oliver was instrumental in the acquisition of sister station 89.5 WMFV serving The Villages, Leesburg and The Golden Triangle (Eustis – Mt. Dora – Tavares) that went on the air March 3, 2017. Oliver and staff flew to Puerto Rico in October 2017 to deliver equipment to help get a fellow public radio station back on the air after Hurricane Maria. The year 2018 saw a five-year high in listenership, demonstrating the appeal and importance of public radio in Central Florida. Oliver was recently re-elected to serve a second term as a member director on the NPR Board. Oliver returns to Baltimore after a successful stint running WEAA licensed to Morgan State University, from 2007 to 2013. There he launched a daily syndicated talk show, and his work in growing the station garnered him an invitation to present to HBCU presidents and vice presidents at the Annual White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities Conference in Washington, DC in 2009. Oliver holds a MBA from the University of Baltimore and a BA in Business Administration from the University of Miami.
JBiz Meet-UpTuesday, April 21, 2020 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM