L.A. public radio leader KPCC has just made another big hire, tapping former Los Angeles Times editor Russ Stanton to serve as its vice president of content.
KPCC has been expanding its staff for sometime, something Stanton -- who had to oversee a drastic downsize at the L.A. Times -- couldn't help bit note. "I am very excited to be joining the staff of my favorite radio station and in particular a newsroom that's growing and an organization that's fairly down the path of developing a sustainable business model to produce high-quality" journalism, Stanton said in an interview posted on KPCC operator Southern California Public Radio's website.
In his new role, Stanton will work to ensure the KPCC newsroom works in synergy along broadcast, digital and live-event platforms, said SCPR president and CEO Bill Davis. One of Stanton’s first tasks will be to select an executive editor, who will supervise the day-to-day operations of the newsroom on both the broadcast and digital platform, Davis said.
Stanton, 53, stepped down as editor and executive vice president of Times on Dec. 23. The veteran newsman joined the paper in 1997 as an Orange County business reporter. Stanton was selected in a national search from more than 100 applicants; his first day at the station is Feb. 6.
In the just-released holiday 2011 Arbitron ratings, KPCC led all public radio stations in the Los Angeles market with a 2.0 share of the audience (and a weekly cume of 617,100 listeners).
Also: KPCC "Air Talk" host Larry Mantle says he predicted Stanton's hire.