Topics: Administrative, Human Resources

January 30, 2014

Marcus Jackman, who began his career at Indiana Public Radio as a board operator and spent the last six years as the five-station radio network’s general manager, has announced plans to enter seminary.

“I am proud of everything IPR has accomplished during my time here,” Jackman said. “From starting as a graduate student board operator, moving on to host ‘All Things Considered’ and ‘Indiana ArtsDesk,’ and finally as general manager, I am thankful for the many opportunities afforded me by Ball State.”

Jackman will remain at the helm of IPR through March. A search committee is being formed to begin the process of finding IPR’s next general manager.

Jackman began working at IPR as a part-time board operator in 1995, when he was a graduate student at Ball State. In 1999, he began working full time at IPR, where he became interim general manager in 2006. In 2007, he took over the leadership of the network.

He oversaw IPR’s move into new studios in the Letterman Building and expanded local programming to include “The Scene” with the School of Music, “Indiana Weekend,” “StoryBoard,” and “Community Connection.” He also oversaw the establishment of IPR Heritage Society (planned giving) and an IPR Acorn Fund at Muncie-Delaware County Community Foundation during a period that recorded all-time highs for community support.

IPR also boosted its profile by extending partnerships with businesses and media, including The Star Press and other radio stations (WLBC, WMDH) for social awareness campaigns such as HIV in South Africa, child abuse and homelessness. On the entertainment side, Jackman broadcast four radio dramas, complete with live sound effects, studio audiences and live orchestras.

In addition to several public events, Jackman oversaw IPR’s 50th anniversary celebration in 2011.

“It has been an honor to serve our community in this capacity and advance the mission of public radio,” Jackman said. “I am confident that with its great staff, IPR’s success and service will continue strongly into the future.”