Havel named KSLU program director
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HAMMOND – Terry Havel, a broadcasting professional with more than 30 years experience in radio, has been named program director of Southeastern Louisiana University’s award-winning radio station KSLU 90.9-FM.
Originally from Barrington, Ill., Havel is responsible for all on-air operations, including hiring and managing the student staff, overseeing the music rotation, and supervising the general sound of the station.
Prior to joining Southeastern, Havel served for three decades as program director of Burlington High School’s radio station, WBSD 89.1 FM, in Wisconsin. He is one of the newest members of the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame and also taught speech and drama at Salem Central High School in western Kenosha County before moving to Burlington in 1970.
“Terry has a wealth of experience in the radio industry,” said Todd Delaney, general manager of KSLU. “His outstanding career as a teacher and mentor at Burlington High School inspired many of his students to become prominent broadcast leaders. Terry’s extensive experience and collaborative management style will be a welcome addition to Southeastern as he works at the college level to encourage and develop tomorrow’s future broadcasters.”
KSLU is the only public radio station on the north shore. The station was recognized recently by the Communicator Awards with the Award of Distinction for its recently syndicated radio show “Rock School.” In 2006, KSLU was recognized by the Louisiana Association of Broadcasters as the medium market Radio Station of the Year.
While Havel will miss Wisconsin, he says he is happy to live in an area where shoveling snow is not even a remote possibility.
“After over 100 inches of snow last winter, I couldn’t stand the thought of shoveling snow again,” Havel said. “I’ve always wanted to live somewhere other than the Midwest, and this was a perfect opportunity for me.
“Although I retired from Burlington High School, I wasn’t ready to sit around and do nothing,” he added. “I wanted to continue in radio – that’s my passion. KSLU and Hammond seemed like a good fit for me, and I’m excited to be here.”