KRTU-FM's Ron Nirenberg Resigns as General Manager


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Oct. 16, 2013

KRTU-FM's Ron Nirenberg Resigns as General Manager


City Councilman to leave Trinity University to focus on City Council responsibilities


By Sharon Jones Schweitzer '75

SAN ANTONIO - Ron Nirenberg, general manager of KRTU 91.7 FM at Trinity University, has announced he will step down at the end of the month in order to focus on his responsibilities as the newly elected San Antonio City Councilman for District 8.

KRTU station manager and long-time station volunteer, JJ Lopez, will be promoted to general manager.  Monica Reina, special projects assistant, has been named the new station manager.  Nirenberg will continue his affiliation with the station in an advisory capacity.

"Trinity University is a special home to me. I'm proud that over the last four years, KRTU has grown into such a strong cultural presence in our city.  I look forward to seeing it continue to thrive, and I wish them the very best of success in the years to come," Nirenberg said.

Under Nirenberg's leadership, KRTU increased its level of business support and membership participation through underwriting, community partnerships, and development. The station also launched an integrated marketing campaign and received regional and international media recognition for its broadcast and community programming, including an unprecedented, year-long collaboration of more than 20 area nonprofits. Dubbed San Antonio's "Year of Jazz," the initiative was described by Jazz Times, the world's leading jazz music publication, as "unusually self-sufficient: a series of local concerts underscored with the promotion and prestige usually reserved for touring bands, with support coming from the community and revenue going back into it."

Nirenberg, a 1999 graduate of Trinity University, received an M.A. from the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to joining KRTU, he worked for the Annenberg Public Policy Center, developing and directing award-winning civic engagement programs in cities across the United States, including San Antonio.  He was elected to San Antonio's City Council on June 15, 2013.

Sharon Jones Schweitzer is assistant vice president for External Affairs. She can be reached at sjones@trinity.edu