Alliance for Community Media Hires Mike Wassenaar as New Public Policy Advocate
Minneapolis (March 31, 2014) –Mike Wassenaar of Silver Spring, Maryland has been chosen as the Public Policy Advocate for the Alliance for Community Media (ACM). Wassenaar has a long history of industry experience including work as the Senior Development Director at Free Press in Washington D.C., as the Executive Director at St. Paul Neighborhood Network in St. Paul, Minnesota, and as the Program and News Director at KFAI Fresh Air Community Radio, in Minneapolis, Minnesota as well as being the MN News and Public Affairs Director at WORT Radio in Madison, Wisconsin.
Wassenaar has been actively involved in the Alliance for Community Media. From 2004-2012 Wassenaar served as the Midwest Region Chair and also served on the National Board of Directors from 2004-2010. He was a National Chair from 2005-2007, served as Treasurer from 2007-2009, and as the Development Chair from 2010-2012. In 2012 Wassenaar received the Buske National Leadership Award.
Wassenaar graduated from the University of Minnesota with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and continued his education, earning his Master of Arts from the University of Wisconsin Madison in Communication Arts.
The Public Policy Advocate will be working with ACM to lead public policy efforts in Washington D.C., to change federal law to remove the restriction on the use of PEG funds (capital vs. operating issue) and will represent ACM’s interests in broader legislative initiatives. He will also represent and lead ACM’s efforts at the FCC and meet with legislators to secure bi-partisan lead and co-sponsors of a bill. Wassenaar stated, “I understand the great value PEG and community media provide to people throughout the U.S. and am looking forward to telling that story to policy makers in Washington D.C.”
“We are excited to have Mike Wassenaar advocating on our behalf. Mike is a staunch supporter of community media and through many different roles with the ACM, understands the needs of the organization,” said Keri Stokstad, Chair of the Alliance for Community Media.
The Alliance for Community Media serves as an influential voice rallying the PEG community to positive action and is working to create a better future for community media. ACM represents thriving community media centers in cities and towns nationwide and has regional chapters throughout the country.