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AMES, Iowa -- Three finalists have been named in the search for a new manager of WOI AM/FM Radio at Iowa State University. They are William L. Combs, general manager for Dayton Public Radio, Dayton, Ohio; William A. McGinley, station manager at KASU Radio, Arkansas State University, Jonesboro; and Donald T. Wirth, business manager and interim general manager for WOI AM/FM Radio.

Each finalist will visit Iowa State in the next couple of weeks to interview and meet with university groups. The campus community can meet each candidate during a one-hour open forum. All forums begin at 1:30 p.m. and will be in the Alumni Suite of the Memorial Union. The forum schedule is:

Monday, May 5 -- McGinley
Tuesday, May 6 -- Wirth
Friday, May 16 -- Combs

Combs has served for 10 years as general manager of Dayton Public Radio, which includes WDPR-FM and WDPG-FM in Dayton and Greenville, Ohio. He also was director of marketing and development for Mt. Healthy Christian Home, Christian Benevolent Assn., Cincinnati, and director of development for WGUC-FM at the University of Cincinnati.

He has held positions with a community action organization, council on rural service programs and other radio stations in Ohio. He received the B.S. in business/marketing from The Union Institute, Cincinnati, in 1985.

McGinley has been station manager at KASU Radio at Arkansas State for the past two years. Previously, he served as radio manager for Prairie Public Radio, Bismarck, N.D.; general manager for KMSU Radio, Mankato State University, Minnesota; and reprographics director and special projects coordinator at KMSU.

At Mankato State, he also chaired the mass communications institute, directed the regional TV center and taught. He received a B.A. in radio/TV from University of Montana, Missoula, in 1966, and M.A. in radio/TV from Indiana University, Bloomington in 1968.

Wirth has served as business manager for WOI Radio for the past three years and interim manager over the past year. Previously, Wirth served as controller, benefits coordinator and personnel manager for Iowa State University Broadcasting Corp.; business manager for WOI-AM/FM/TV; and business manager for the Student Health Service at Iowa State.

He also has served as budget analyst, management analyst and revenue examiner for the Iowa Department of Revenue, Des Moines. He received a B.S. in industrial administration from Iowa State in 1972.

The new manager will succeed Rick Lewis, who left ISU last summer to become director of programming for Audible Words, Inc., a high-tech start-up company near New York City.


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