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Volume 26, Number 5 — May 2019

Knoxville Radio Station Hires New General Manager

Linda Billman
Linda Billman

WDVX is a five-time Bluegrass Station of the Year award winner

February 15, 2010

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Linda Billman has been named General Manager of publicly supported radio station WDVX effective Jan. 25, 2010.

WDVX broadcasts locally on 89.9 FM and 102.9 FM, with a global presence on the Internet at

Billman's acceptance of the position came after serving as interim general manager followinga restructuring of thestation's management.Billman stepped down from her six-year tenure as board president at the end of September in order to fill the interim GM position until a permanent GM could be found. A nation-wide search ensued, and although there were many strong candidates, no candidate was a better fit for the station than Billman, according to Phil Lawson, interim board president, who said,

"Linda's years of service to WDVX as president of our board have allowed me to personally witness what a dynamic leader she is. She has played a significant role in the station's success and will now be able to devote all of her energy to its continued growth."

During her tenure as interim GM, Billman decided to apply for the permanent general managerposition following a 12-year career as the Emmy-winning producer of WBIR's Heartland series and 10 years as an independent video producer.

"The region's cultural heritage has long been a passion of mine, so I'm delighted to have the creative challenge of working on a deeper level with WDVX," says Billman. "In particular, I hope to help WDVX keep pace with technological advances that give us new ways to support regional artists, roots music, and the local tradition of live radio. The structural change will also enable Program Director Tony Lawson to concentrate completely on programming."

WDVX is a five-time Bluegrass Station of the Year award winner, with the most recent win comingSunday, Feb.7. Two of the station'sdisc jockeys, Freddie Smith and Alex Leach, have been named Bluegrass DJ of the Year by the Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music in America (SPBGMA). WDVX has also been nominated for severalawards by the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA).

Billman is no stranger to the local media environs. As managing producer of WBIR'S The Heartland Series, which has been locally and nationally recognized, she directed the Heartland team in the creation and production of hundreds of shows celebrating the cultural and natural heritage of the southern Appalachians.

In addition to several Emmys, Billman has received many awards including the East Tennessee Historical Society's History in the Media award; the YWCA Tribute to Women award; the Hermes Award of Excellence; Silver Addy Award; Communicator of the Year by the Tennessee Conservation League; and several Iris awards of the National Assoc. of Television Program Executives. Billman began her media career in radio as a copywriter.

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