There's a New General Manager at City-Owned WRR-FM: Sarah Colmark, of New Mexico

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It's been close to two years since Greg Davis, WRR's longtime general manager, left the city-owned classical-music radio station -- and, remember, he didn't quit, he retired. But tonight, buried in the stack of docs prepared for next week's council committee meetings, we find this bit of breaking news: The city's hired his replacement -- a classically trained pianist named Sarah Colmark, at right, who can presently be heard on KHFM 95.5 and 102.9 FM in New Mexico, where she's also the station manager and has been since 2008. (Says here she cleaned house when arriving in Albuquerque, where her father owned the station.)

Not sure how much she's being paid; that's something council will have to consider Tuesday at the Arts, Culture & Libraries Committee meeting and again at the January 25 full meeting. But, writes Assistant City Manager Joey Zapata in his memo to the council:
The compensation agreement includes a base salary, all benefits accruable to civilian employees, and an annual incentive amount tied to the station's performance regarding revenues. The main difference of this agreement from prior agreements is that the incentive amount is pre-established in the contract with specific benchmarks of operating revenue.
As you'll see below there's also a formal press release dated today -- first I've seen it -- in which María Munoz-Blanco, director of the Office of Cultural Affairs, has nice things to say about the hire, but of course. To which Colmark adds:
"WRR is a radio station with a great track record of bringing classical music to the community of Dallas and North Texas. I am excited to build upon the community's vision of a radio station that works to promote the arts, reaches a broad audience with quality classical programming, and connects with the business and arts communities. I look forward to working with the Friends of WRR and the Office of Cultural Affairs to ensure the continued success of classical radio in the community of Dallas and North Texas."
Details below. Susan Colmark Hiring Note and Compensation Memo
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13 comments
Garygo
Garygo

Mr. Wilnosky, apparently you think you have some "inside" information regarding Mr. Davis's departure from WRR almost two years ago. As a close personal friend of Mr. Davis's, I can testify that he discussed his retirement with me more than 5 months prior to his departure and on more than one occasion. I am perturbed by the tabloid-esque, sensational "journalism" you practice here. Mr. Davis's retirement was entirely his choice based upon his personal discernment. Sometimes things are exactly what they are purported to be. Enough already.I welcome Sarah Colmark as the new GM of WRR and wish her much sucees leading our cultural gem, WRR 101.1 FM.

Bacholi
Bacholi

I hope she doesn't mess with too much b/c WRR is a phenomenal station. I could do without Tempie Lindsay midday's; her voice and over-enunciating really grind me sometimes.

For the love of god, please keep Ed Blalock. He's pure radio gold and his voice is perfect for late-nights!

Craigley
Craigley

Why does the city of Dallas need to have a radio station?

Is this how y'all fake world class?

Garygo
Garygo

We don't NEED to have a radio station. The fact is that we do have one, and it has become a cultural institution over the past 90 years. We are indeed fortunate to have this cultural gem in Dallas. There is no need to fake world class if you possess it.

Alex
Alex

Sarah, congratulations on the new job.  We will all miss hearing you on KHFM, sorry to see you go.

Lg71050
Lg71050

Anyone who cares about the station should follow the link and read about this person's record in New Mexico and her history at KHFM. Nothing good will come of this hire.

WRR Fan
WRR Fan

Read them. Looks like after all the initial whining, the khfm ratings went up in a major way. Let's hope she can do the same for wrr whose Arbitron ratings are rather dismal.

AragonSeekerOne
AragonSeekerOne

Their ratings seem to be pretty good to me. If you take into account that the ratings winners in this market are Urban (rap), Hispanic (youth) and Political (talk).  You're off base.  Personally, I love the station.

jfpo
jfpo

She sounds like the Mitt Romney of small time radio.

Hillna53
Hillna53

Great selection as new Station Manager.  Kudos to Sarah and to Dallas!

Oak Cliff Townie
Oak Cliff Townie

What could Possibly go wrong ?

pbluett
pbluett

...Which is exactly what the Albuquerque  based New Mexico Symphony Orchestra thought, before the 75 year old organization went bankrupt last year.  No offense, but I just do not think that New Mexico  (remember Yvonne Gonzales fmr DISD Superintendent who was "in charge" of the Santa Fe School district?)  is where one goes for management expertise.

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