The State Board of Education on Wednesday announced it has hired Idaho Public Television veteran Ron Pisaneschi as general manager of a system that reaches every corner of Idaho.
Pisaneschi began at Idaho Public TV in 1985. He takes over Aug. 5 from longtime GM Peter Morrill, who announced his retirement in March. The board, holder of the system’s license with the Federal Communications Commission, engaged in a national search.
“Idaho PTV is fortunate to have someone with Ron’s passion for public television and expertise in programming and operations ready to step up and lead the organization,” said Board President Don Soltman in a news release. “We are confident that Ron will provide the vision and leadership needed to ensure that Idaho PTV continues to provide people with excellent programs and high-quality learning opportunities.”
Pisaneschi is currently director of content, a post that makes him known to viewers as the author of “Ron’s Picks,” his regular viewing suggestions. In 2005, Pisaneschi was named Programmer of the Year by Public Broadcasting Service colleagues. He also is a former chairman of the Idaho Humanities Council.
Idaho Public Television has the highest per capita viewership in the PBS system and offers original programming including “Dialogue,” “Idaho Reports,” “The Idaho Debates” and “Outdoor Idaho.”
Earlier, Pisaneschi worked as director of public information, director of marketing and director of programming. He attended the University of San Francisco and Lone Mountain College, earning a fine arts degree in film and photography. Lone Mountain is now part of USF.
The board’s news release follows:
RON PISANESCHI NAMED NEW GENERAL MANAGER
OF IDAHO PUBLIC TELEVISION
(Boise). The State Board of Education today announced that Ron Pisaneschi has been selected as the new General Manager of Idaho Public Television.
Mr. Pisaneschi has served Idaho PTV since 1985, most recently as Director of Content. He has worked in educational filmmaking, radio programming, public relations and marketing. Mr. Pisaneschi attended the University of San Francisco and Lone Mountain College, graduating with a fine arts degree in film and photography.
During his 28 years at Idaho Public Television, he has served as Director of Public Information, Director of Marketing, and Director of Programming before taking on his current duties. Under his leadership, Idaho Public Television regularly attracts the largest viewership, per capita, in the PBS system. He served on the Board of Directors of the Public Television Programmers Association from 2002-2007, serving as President in 2006, the PBS Children’s Advisory Committee, Corporation for Public Broadcasting Research Advisory Panel, and numerous other national funding and programming advisory panels. He was named the 2005 Programmer of the Year by his colleagues in the PBS system. From 2002-2012 he was on the Board of Directors of the Idaho Humanities Council, where he served for two terms as Chairman.
“Idaho PTV is fortunate to have someone with Ron’s passion for public television and expertise in programming and operations ready to step up and lead the organization,” said Don Soltman, President of the Board. “We are confident that Ron will provide the vision and leadership needed to ensure that Idaho PTV continues to provide people with excellent programs and high-quality learning opportunities.”
Pisaneschi assumes the General Manager position effective August 5. Former General Manager Peter Morrill announced his retirement in March but has stayed on to assist in the hiring and transition process.
“I am privileged to work with an amazing group of people who are dedicated to serving the public by providing engaging, educational programs and resources.” said Pisaneschi. “This is an exciting opportunity, and I look forward to building on the successes and strengths of Idaho Public Television.”
To learn more about Idaho Public Television, visit www.idahoptv.org.
To learn more about the Idaho State Board of Education, visit www.boardofed.idaho.gov.