WMNF Station Manager Jim Bennett quits

Outside the confines of the radio station, Bennett is probably best known for his firing of three staff members in 2010, terminations that were ultimately rescinded once an unexpected financial gift nearly miraculously came into the station's coffers a short time later.

As CL reported at the time, there was a firestorm of criticism from the WMNF community directed at Bennett at that time.

WMNF Program Director Randy Wynne refused to comment to CL about Bennett, but said he was surprised to learn of his departure, as was Board President Valdes.

Bennett came to WMNF from KPFA radio in Berkeley, where he served as an interim station manager on several different occasions, and worked there for over 27 years in total, mainly as Operations Manager. He also hosted a jazz music show there as well.

Valdes said the station will conduct a national search for a replacement.

CL has reached out to Bennett for comment, and hope to hear back from him.

(This reporter hosts a weekly talk show on WMNF on Thursday at 5 p.m., and served for 9.5 years as Assistant News Director there, from 2000-2009).

Jim Bennett
  • Jim Bennett

WMNF Station Manager Jim Bennett has quit, though details about his departure aren't well known as of late Wednesday afternoon.

Board President Letty Valdes is the official spokesman for the station regarding Bennett's departure, but would only tell CL it was for "personal reasons."

Bennett took over at the Tampa Bay area community radio station in January 2009, succeeding the late Vicky Santa, who passed away in December 2008. He will be replaced in the interim by business manager Mercedes Skelton, who has fulfilled that role several times in the past.

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