With the addition of Desmond Winton-Finklea to its news team, WYSO 91.3 FM has its first full-time staffer focused solely on building the station’s online presence.
Winton-Finklea will be the daily editorial manager and producer of WYSO’s digital communications platforms, including its websites, apps, streams, emails and social media accounts. He also will support the music department and the Center for Community Voices, track and analyze digital metrics, and work with department directors to create and execute the organization’s digital strategy.
This position is a key element in the growth of WYSO’s newsroom, which is on track to triple in size in under two years, says Jason Saul, WYSO’s director of news and programming. “Bringing in another full-time editor will allow us to innovate and offer even more news on different platforms. As media channels and platforms keep changing, we’re also continuously changing to meet people where they are.”
Winton-Finklea has been a journalist and a multimedia production professional for nearly 10 years. With a bachelor’s degree in communication from Central State University and an associate’s degree in recording audio engineering and video production, he has worked for Dayton-area television stations as a breaking news reporter and a producer of video, audio and digital content.
“Desmond is a great local news talent,” Saul says. “We are excited to introduce him to the world of public radio. With all of his experience, abilities and amazing energy, he will help us bring even more breaking and in-depth news to our digital channels and give us the capacity to launch additional news products soon, too.”
Yellow Springs, Ohio-based WYSO 91.3 FM is the NPR member station for the Miami Valley. With 80,000 listeners, it reaches much of southwest Ohio and is rapidly growing its membership base. It plays a dynamic mix of music (over 40 hours a week) and delivers robust daily news and project reporting, through its flagship network news programs and locally produced content. Our Eichelberger Center for Community Voices trains the next generation to tell their own stories, and WYSO’s news department delivers the latest breaking news along with in-depth features, special projects and podcasts.