Tacoma Mayor Marilyn Strickland has joined the Board of Directors of Friends of 88.5 FM, the non-profit organization formed to preserve 88.5 FM as an independent, community-licensed station. The Board of Directors is responsible for all governance, including fiscal oversight, compliance with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and policy decisions for 88.5 FM.
“KPLU is a beloved Pacific Northwest treasure that has informed, educated and entertained us for decades,” said Tacoma Mayor Marilyn Strickland. “As a longtime listener and supporter of KPLU, I am honored to be a member of their new independent board.”
Strickland is serving her second term as Mayor of Tacoma. Her pro-growth agenda focuses on creating family-wage jobs by improving education and workforce training, promoting entrepreneurship, investing in transportation and attracting international investment. Born in Seoul, South Korea, she is a graduate of the University of Washington and holds an MBA from Clark-Atlanta University. Prior to elected office, she worked in both the private and public sectors. Strickland’s regional and national board leadership includes Sound Transit, the U.S. Conference of Mayors and the Democratic Mayors Association. She has appeared on Meet the Press and National Public Radio, and is a trustee with the Urban Land Institute. Strickland has been recognized by the National League of Cities Women in Municipal Government for outstanding local leadership.
Joey Cohn, KPLU General Manager and the head of Friends of 88.5 FM said, “We are honored that Marilyn Strickland has joined the Friends of 88.5 FM Board. Marilyn has been an important advocate for the Save KPLU campaign and proclaimed KPLU Day in Tacoma. We’re excited to have her on the Board as a strong representative for the South Sound, where we have many loyal listeners.”
Friends of 88.5 FM recently welcomed two other prominent members of the Northwest business community to its Board of Directors: Seattle-based developer and real estate investor John Teutsch; and David Veterane, a Chartered Financial Analyst and founding partner of Rainier Investment Management. The Board is chaired by Stephen Tan, a partner at Cascadia Law Group and former president of KPLU’s Community Advisory Council. A list of all members of Friends of 88.5 FM’s Board of Directors can be found at savekplu.org.
On June 28, Friends of 88.5 FM and Pacific Lutheran University entered into an agreement that will allow the Friends group to assume ownership of the station pending approval from the FCC and the license transfer. An unprecedented Save KPLU fundraising effort beginning on January 11, 2016 resulted in more than 24,000 donations from over 18,000 donors contributing to the $7 million goal, which was reached on May 26, 2016. Additional contributions since that date have helped build a reserve fund to cover operations when the license transfer is completed.