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Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Wyoming Public TV general manager resigns, takes new post in Oklahoma
Wyoming Public Television General Manager Dan Schiedel has resigned his post to take a similar position at a station in Claremore, Okla.

Central Wyoming College President Jo Anne McFarland announced his resignation Monday. The public television network in Wyoming is licensed to CWC but covers approximately 85 percent of the state.

“Dan has inspired us all with his vision of what Wyoming Public Television can be to our great state, and he has created a team of workers and supporters who will carry this vision forward,” McFarland said. “We are fortunate to have had Dan during an exciting time of expansion, and I am confident that this work will continue.”

McFarland wished him the best as general manager at KRSC-TV at Rogers State University. “They are getting a great leader and adding a wonderful asset to their operations,” McFarland said.

Since Schiedel’s arrival in 2001, the Wyoming Public Television system has grown substantially. The station doubled the amount of local programming, continued expanding statewide coverage and developed new educational services for schools and the public.

The station also received substantial support from the Wyoming Legislature to convert from an analog system to digital, and was provided funding to build an addition to WPTV’s studio, located at CWC.

Wyoming Public TV is going to greatly miss Dan,” said Wyoming Senate President Grant Larson said. “He’s done an outstanding job the past years – especially in building credibility with the Legislature, which has been reflected in the funding provided to WPTV. We’re sorry to lose him - he’ll be difficult to replace.”

Rep. Colin Simpson of Cody said he also developed a trust in the information provided by Schiedel and liked the direction he had taken WPTV especially when the FCC forced the digital conversion. “Dan has helped educate the legislature in a forthright and productive manner and WPTV is a much stronger entity now than it was five years ago.”

Schiedel, along with Steve Biando, executive director of the Wyoming Public Television Foundation, led the Kresge Challenge to build a $1 million endowment for the station. The challenge was met in December of 2004.

“Dan’s ability to work with people and state the case for public television has been heard all across Wyoming,” said Biando. “He has been instrumental in moving us forward in fundraising.”

Jim Rose, executive director of the Wyoming Community College Commission, the state agency that requests state funding for WPTV, said positive things happened at the station under Schiedel. “I believe that his work here will continue as we have seen many positive changes and great strides by him and his staff to bring Wyoming together through this wonderful system we know as Wyoming Public Television.”

Schiedel said, “I have been very blessed to have had the right people in the right place at the right time to make our story a success. I attribute our accomplishments to the people of Wyoming and the excellent staff who are capable of great things

Schiedel leaves WPTV May 26, 2006. During the interim, Director of Programming and Educational Services Ruby Calvert, will be acting general manager.