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James D. Smith
Senior Sales Associate, Underwriting

James D. Smith

James (JD) Smith entered the doors of WKSU with 21 years of commercial radio sales experience at several stations, including  CBS Radio (Pittsburgh and Cleveland), Clear Channel (Pittsburgh and Akron-Canton) and WNWV Smooth Jazz in Cleveland. He specializes in radio sales (on-air, streaming, and digital) and in NTR (non-traditional revenue). Although he has had all of his prior experience in commercial radio, his personal radio dial has always been tuned to an NPR station. A self-proclaimed "news freak," James loves WKSU because the news programming is in-depth, balanced and straightforward, giving listeners the opportunity to draw their own conclusions  on contemporary issues.   He is eager to show prospective Northeast Ohio clients not only the wisdom of supporting public broadcasting at WKSU, but also how that support could be beneficial to their company. 


A Pittsburgh native holding a bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of Pittsburgh, James is a self-proclaimed lifelong Steeler fan (win or lose) as well as a lover of jazz, fast cars, sport bikes and cruising the Caribbean with his wife, Linda.  James currently calls Munroe Falls, Ohio, home.    

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Ann VerWiebe, Marketing Associate

Catherine Tribuzzo, Account Clerk

Chuck Poulton, Senior LAN Administrator

Dan Kuznicki, LAN Administrator

David Fuente, Promotion Liaison

Ele Ellis, Program Director

James D. Smith, Senior Sales Associate, Underwriting

Jeff St. Clair, Reporter/Producer, Local Host of All Things Considered

Joe Gunderman, Production Coordinator

Jon Nungesser, Producer

Joyce Adams, Membership Manager

Judy Yasenosky, Special Assistant

Kabir Bhatia, Reporter/Producer

Kandy Neal, Operations Coordinator

Kate Murray, Senior Sales Associate, Underwriting

Kevin Niedermier, Reporter/Producer

Linda Fahey, Senior Director of Content

Linda Moore, Accounting Specialist

M.L. Schultze, Reporter/Web Editor

Mark Pennell, Announcer / Producer

Mark Syroney, Director of External Affairs

Mary Ellen Powers, Fiscal Manager

Natalie Pillsbury, Associate Director of Advancement

Rick Cruz, Broadcast Engineer

Sherry Sommers, Senior Receptionist

Sue Underwood, Membership Specialist

Tim Smith, Senior Sales Associate, Underwriting

Tim Rudell, Reporter

Vivian Goodman, Reporter/Producer


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