General Manager Rick Johnson announces intent to retire

WGCU General Manager Rick Johnson recently announced his intention to retire from that post on June 1, 2021.

Johnson’s career in public media spans 52 years, with four decades and eight sets of call letters to his credit before joining WGCU 12 years ago.

In an email to staff and the WGCU Public Media Advisory Board Oct. 6, Johnson outlined his immediate and continuing vision for WGCU as assuming a greater role as the media outlet of record and public interest journalism in Southwest Florida.

“Rick’s depth of experience will be sorely missed at WGCU, but he well deserves the time to begin his next chapter,” said Katherine (Kitty) Green, Vice President, University Advancement, FGCU, and
Executive Director, FGCU Foundation. A national search will be conducted for his replacement.

“Southwest Florida WGCU members have benefited from his vision and the execution of the outstanding team he assembled,” said advisory board chair Judy Bricker. “The station has realized its potential with Johnson at the helm and will now reach to a new and higher set of goals thanks to his continued vision.”

Johnson concluded his announcement with this: “In addition to it having been and honor and a privilege it has also been a pleasure to work alongside all you through the proverbial thick and thin to make WGCU one of the most-successful, most-watched, most-listened-to, and most-well-supported public media organizations in the country.”