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General Manager

Tim Eby

General Manager Tim Eby joined St. Louis Public Radio on January 20, 2009 bringing more than 30 years of public radio experience to his role in St. Louis.

Eby was a member of the Board of Directors of National Public Radio from 2002-2008 and served as Chairman from 2004 through 2007. He is an active leader in the public radio system and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Station Resource Group and Public Radio in Mid-America. He is also a past trustee of the NPR Foundation.

Prior to coming to St. Louis, Eby, a South Bend, Indiana native, was the Radio Station Manager at WOSU Public Media at The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio from 2004-2009. WOSU operates WOSU-FM, WOSA-FM and four repeater stations in central and southern Ohio. During his time there he completed construction of new studios and offices for the radio stations. He also oversaw construction of HD Radio installations and major programming changes initiatives at the station.

Prior to his work in Columbus, Eby transformed WVPE Public Radio in Elkhart, Indiana from a student-run station to a fully professionally staffed operation, bringing NPR programming to the South Bend area. In his 21 years at WVPE, Eby oversaw the completion of several studio and transmitter projects and initiated station participation in numerous public radio initiatives with NPR, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and other national organizations.

Eby has also been involved as a board member with several non-profit organizations. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for Focus St. Louis and Grand Center, Inc. His past involvement includes serving of the Boards of Easter Seals and STL250. In Columbus, he served on the Board of the Jazz Arts Groups and Thurber House. While in South Bend, Eby was a Director with the Potawatomi Zoological Society, the Elkhart Centre, the Michiana Arts & Sciences Council, the Elkhart Concert Club, and the Elkhart Rotary Club. He also served as the volunteer Chair of the Elkhart Jazz Festival from 1992-1995.

Eby is a 1982 graduate of the University of Evansville in Evansville, Indiana.

Special Events Manager

Phil Donato

Phil Donato, a native St. Louisan, has been planning special events for more than 20 years—first as a student for the Saint Louis University for the Dept. of Athletics and then professionally for Boys Hope/Girls Hope, the Illinois Health & Sports Foundation and St. Louis Public Radio since 2004. He is a graduate of Southern Illinois University where he received his Master of Science in Education (1999) and Saint Louis University where he received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with a Certificate in Journalism (1987). In his spare time, Donato teaches Sports & Entertainment Planning and Management classes at Fontbonne University for the OPTIONS program. He writes questions for and emcees trivia nights for more than 50 non-profit organizations annually. He is an avid sports fan, and he enjoys spending time with his wife Rosanne, daughter Ellen, and son Joe.

Membership Manager

Denice Beckett Hamilton

Denice Beckett Hamilton has been at St. Louis Public Radio since February, 1995. After graduating from O’Fallon Technical School of Business, she worked as an Executive Secretary at several Fortune-500 Companies including Emerson Electric and Ralston Purina Company. In 1994 she landed a job at the Crawford Broadcasting Company where she worked as Traffic Director for both KSTL and KJSL. It was there that she developed her passion for radio. Learning while listening to public radio moved her to apply and accept the position of membership assistant at St. Louis Public Radio. Public radio further fueled her passion, and she was promoted from Membership Assistant to Membership Manager in 1998. She enjoys walking, traveling, and spending time with family.

Director, Finance & Administration

Maureen Hughes

Having been an avid listener for years, Maureen Hughes joined St. Louis Public Radio in 2013. A native “Hoosier” from South Bend, IN, she has made St. Louis her hometown and raised three children to young adulthood. Maureen brings too many years to mention of financial leadership in several different industries including health care, wholesale consumer goods, hospitality and presently, public media. Now a resident of the City, she is delighted that her commute to work is a short five miles to the arts and cultural center of midtown. In her spare time, Maureen enjoys volunteerism, singing in her church choir, and trying new recipes with friends.

Maureen holds a Bachelor of Business Administration (Accounting) and a Bachelor of Arts (Spanish) from St. Mary’s College, Notre Dame, IN, and is a CPA and alumna of the accounting firm, PWC.

Development Director

Shelley Kerley

Shelley Kerley has been at St. Louis Public Radio since May, 1990. Prior to coming to St. Louis Public Radio, she was the Development Director at public radio station WUIS-FM in Springfield, Illinois. She holds a Masters Degree in business administration from Western Illinois University and is an accomplished violinist and pianist, earning a bachelors degree in music education from the same institution. She is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and the Public Radio Association of Development Officers and serves on the board of the Masterworks Chorale. With husband John and two boys, she also tries to find time to enjoy dinner with friends, camping and hiking, a little gardening and an occasional sail.

Executive Editor

Shula Neuman

Shula Neuman is the executive editor at St. Louis Public Radio. She came the station in late 2013 as a subject matter editor, after having worked as an editor for NPR in Washington, D.C. Shula started her journalism career as a general assignment reporter for the Watertown Daily Times and made the switch to radio when she took a job as a reporter/evening newscaster at St. Louis Public Radio. After that, Shula reported on economic development for Cleveland’s public radio station. This is Shula’s second stint with St. Louis Public Radio. She says she just can’t stay away from her hometown because she’s tired of rooting for the Cardinals in absentia. Shula has a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University; an Executive M.B.A. from Washington University in St. Louis; and a bachelor’s from Reed College in Portland, OR. She claims she has no intention of going back to school again.

Director of Radio Programming and Operations

Robert B. Peterson III

Robert B. Peterson III, is a thirty-plus year veteran of radio programming and operations management. He returned to St. Louis Public Radio in September 2007 after seven years at WUSF (89.7 FM) in Tampa, Florida where he served as the station's Program Director. Prior to his work in Tampa, Peterson worked at St. Louis Public Radio and WMFE, WBJW (now WOMX) and WUCF, all in Orlando, Florida. He is very passionate about public radio and the role St. Louis Public Radio plays in the greater St. Louis region. Robert is excited to be serving as host and executive producer of St. Louis Public Radio’s live Saturday night broadcasts of the St. Louis Symphony, along with commentator Adam Crane of the St. Louis Symphony.

While originally starting his college career as a music major, oboe performance, Robert holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from the University of South Florida. He proudly serves on the board of directors for Redevelopment Opportunities for Women (ROW) and St. Louis Transitional Hope House.

Program and Operations Manager

Mike Schrand

Mike Schrand began his radio career at St. Louis Public Radio as a live recording intern from 1986 to 1988. From 1988 to 1992, he acted as Jazz ‘Till Dawn producer and host and weekend announcer, occasional engineer for Jazzstream With Walter Parker and Jazz Unlimited and Morning Edition engineer and producer. From 1992 to 1995, Schrand worked in the corporate world, but returned as a weekend announcer in 1995. In 1996, Schrand was hired as St. Louis Public Radio Traffic Director and was promoted to Assistant Program Director in 1998 and Program Director in 2001. In his spare time he writes, sings, and plays bass in the local roots quartet Salt Of The Earth, and enjoys down time with his family in St. Louis City.

Director of Digital Media

Madalyn Painter Talla

As the Director of Digital Media, Madalyn Painter Talla supports the infrastructure and analytics for all of St. Louis Public Radio’s digital properties. In her 11 years at the station, she has helped transform into a regional news destination. Before joining the station in 2006, she worked for three years as Online Communications Manager for KETC/Channel 9, St. Louis Public Television. Her professional awards include five Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards and one National Edward R. Murrow Award. She has lived in St. Louis since graduating in 2000 from the University of Missouri-Columbia. She has a master's degree from Saint Louis University. Her favorite public radio shows are On Being and The Splendid Table.