After acting as interim general manager since April, Joey Cohn has been named general manager of KPLU and Jazz24.
Cohn is known for his expertise in programming jazz and has consulted with NPR, Verve Records and a number of public radio stations around the country, according to a KPLU news release Tuesday.
Under Cohn’s leadership, KPLU was named the Marconi Jazz Station of the Year. Cohn also launched Jazz24, KPLU’s 24-hour jazz stream, which is public radio’s most listened-to online music stream.
Before being named as interim general manager, Cohn served as assistant general manager/director of content. He joined KPLU in 1987 as morning jazz host and music director. He has also worked as marketing director, new media director and program director.
Before joining KPLU, Cohn worked at KJZZ in Phoenix and KUAT in Tucson, where he began his career while a student at the University of Arizona. He also worked in commercial rock radio in Phoenix and was the program director of the nationally syndicated TV show, “The Music Channel,” which was carried on the Satellite Program Network.
“I feel very privileged to be KPLU’s new General Manager,” Cohn stated. “We’re excited about KPLU’s future with goals to create new content, grow our audience through new media and increase our leadership role in the community.”
“Joey has proven to be an entrepreneurial and collaborative leader and continues to push KPLU’s traditional strengths in regional news gathering and jazz programming into new arenas including global streaming and innovative content partnerships,” said Donna Gibbs, vice president for marketing and communications at Pacific Lutheran University.