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Pisaneschi named general manager of Idaho Public Television

Ron Pisaneschi, a 28-year veteran of Idaho Public Television, has been named its new general manager by the State Board of Education, to succeed Peter Morrill, who is retiring; Pisaneschi will start Aug. 5. “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, state board president. “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’s current title at IPTV is director of content; over the years, he’s served as director of programming, director of marketing, director of public information and more. He was named 2005 Programmer of the Year by his colleagues in the PBS system. He holds a fine arts degree in film and photography from the University of San Francisco, and has also worked in educational filmmaking, radio programming, public relations and marketing.

“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,” Pisaneschi said. “This is an exciting opportunity, and I look forward to building on the successes and strengths of Idaho Public Television.” Click below for the state board’s full announcement.

When Morrill was behind the camera…

Marc Johnson’s “Johnson Post” has a wonderful article today about retiring Idaho Public TV general manager Peter Morrill, complete with stories from back in the old days – when Johnson was in front of the camera, and Morrill was running it.  “Peter had become through sheer design and love for the box with wires and lights a complete television talent who understood the business from the perspective of the kid carrying the tripod in the field to the state legislator wrestling over the public TV budget in the Statehouse,” Johnson writes. “It was a natural progression for him to become General Manager of Idaho’s system and the guy who would lead Idaho’s only true statewide media organization to great accomplishments while serving an ever larger audience.”

Among the stories: “We once put the late, great environmental writer Edward Abbey on the air in Moscow (Idaho) for a half hour interview even after the author of The Monkey Wrench Gang insisted that he be allowed to continue smoking his big cigar during the broadcast. That was, of course, in violation of any number of rules, but the show must go on,” Johnson writers. “Peter walked into a Russian Orthodox church service in Moscow (Russia) with a 16 mm film camera on his shoulder after assuring our KGB-like minder that of course we wouldn’t film anything inside the church. He did, mostly without having to look through the view finder.” You can read Johnson’s full article here.

Longtime IPTV general manager Peter Morrill to retire

The Idaho State Board of Education announced that Peter Morrill, longtime general manager of Idaho Public Television, is retiring. Morrill will continue to serve while the state board launches a search for a replacement by the end of the summer, and will assist through the transition; he's been general manager at IPTV since 1996.

“Peter has been an exceptional leader, and our state has been truly fortunate to have a person of his caliber at the helm of Idaho Public Television,” said Don Soltman, state board acting president. “Under Peter's direction, IdahoPTV has garnered national acclaim for excellence in providing programming that informs, educates and inspires.”

Morrill started at IPTV in 1979 as a director/videographer. He worked as a producer/director and executive producer before taking the helm as general manager. This year, Idaho Public TV was named the No. 1 most-viewed PBS station in the country, based on Nielsen ratings; that means a higher percentage of the population watches IPTV, and watches it more, than that in the viewing area of any other public TV station.  IPTV also won 53 national and regional awards in 2012, including an Emmy and an Edward R. Murrow Award. Click below for the state board's full announcement.

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Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.

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