Mark Vogelzang, Maine Public’s longtime president, will retire from the independently owned and operated network of public television and radio stations on June 30.

Mark Vogelzang Kevin Brusie photo courtesy Maine Public

The announcement of Vogelzang’s departure was made Wednesday in a news release issued by Maine Public. His retirement coincides with the end of the network’s fiscal year.

Maine Public Board Chairwoman Marion Freeman of Freeport said she plans to launch a nationwide search for Vogelzang’s replacement. Vogelzang has been with Maine Public for nine years.

“Mark’s vision and expertise were instrumental in Maine Public’s significant growth over this past decade,” Freeman said in a statement. “He guided the broadcast teams to focus on serving more viewers and listeners, and created exciting new content and channels for journalism, culture, music and lifelong learning.”

He was also involved in an effort to attract younger and more diverse audiences as well as a rebranding effort that resulted in the “Maine Public” logo and identity. Prior to joining Maine Public, Vogelzang served as president of Vermont Public Radio for 16 years.

Vogelzang’s departure was preceded by several other retirements at Maine Public.  Charles Beck left his post as vice president for radio and television content for Maine Public in January, officially ending a 40-year career with the network. Maine Public music hosts Sara Willis and Robin Rilette, along with news reporter Ed Morin, took voluntary retirement packages offered by the statewide public broadcasting network in late 2020.

 

 

 

 

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