September 23, 2002 - Fremont Ohio News Messenger: Togo RPCV Marlon Kiser appointed President of WGTE

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Togo RPCV Marlon Kiser appointed President of WGTE

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1969 Ross grad focuses on public broadcast

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Marlon Kiser's appointment to president and general manager position of WGTE Public Broadcasting is the most recent step in his line of jobs with organizations that provide community service.

"Public broadcasting has a real commitment to service to the community," the Fremont native said. "I'm really excited about it. This is just an outstanding place to work for.

"Among other things it does so much for the community."

Kiser has worked at WGTE since 1999 when he was hired as chief operating officer and radio station manager.

WGTE Public Broadcasting, based in Toledo, operates WGTE TV 30, WGTE FM 91.3, WGLE FM 90.7, WGDE FM 91.9 and WGBE FM 90.9.

"What they were looking for when I saw the ad for the public broadcasting job was a chief operating officer," Kiser said. "They didn't mention anything about having a background in broadcasting so I applied for the job.

"It's been an excellent opportunity to learn a new business."

Kiser has gotten experience at several different businesses, however, all of them have one thing in common -- they were all organizations with a focus on community service.

After graduating from Ross High School in 1969 and Bowling Green State University, Kiser began that trek with a stint in the Peace Corps.

"My immediate plans were to go to law school, but my goal had always been to go into the Peace Corps, so I served for a little over two years in Togo, West Africa, as an agricultural extension agent," Kiser said.

He trained Togolize farmers how to use cattle and draft oxen as farm equipment. Farmers were able to increase land under cultivation by using oxen.

"It was a natural in my mind to go into the Peace Corps," Kiser said. "It's clearly an experience I wouldn't exchange for anything.

When he got out of the Peace Corps, Kiser got a job with the Sandusky County Department of Human Services, now Job and Family Services, where he held positions from caseworker to supervisor.

"That was once again consistent with my interest in being involved with an organization that had a significant role of service for the community," Kiser said.

He was hired as director of the Toledo District Office of the Ohio Department of Human Services before moving on to the position of chief operating officer and chief financial officer of St. Francis Health Care Center in Green Springs.

Kiser's interest in community service started when he was growing up in Fremont.

"I think it was just the way I was raised as a child with my parents," he said. "It was always important to lead a good life and do what you can to help."

Kiser plans to put that belief into action in his new position.

"What we want to do is expand our level of services," he said. "I want to look at doing some more local production work. I'm going to look for other opportunities to get out of the Toledo area. We look to tell more stories of Northwest Ohio."

Those plans could include more remote broadcasts for FM 91, more local programs, more emphasis on the arts in Northwest Ohio and more collaboration with other entities in the community.

"We want to let people know their public broadcast station is out there and available to them," Kiser said.

The stations reach people as far south as Lima, east as Sandusky, north as Ann Arbor and west as Indiana.

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