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KXCI's Peterson tuned out as head of community radio station

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The head of Tucson's community radio station, General Manager Randy Peterson, is leaving KXCI after six years at the helm, and 15 years with the station, to consider "new leadership roles and opportunities of his own," a statement from the nonprofit said.

The station's board of directors will conduct a national search for a new leader, the release said.

While under Peterson the station has seen a calmer environment than the turmoil of the early years of the member-run nonprofit, some have pushed for the group to grow its budget and operations even more.

A recent "Amplify KXCI!" capital campaign brought in over $500,000 and enabled KXCI to purchase equipment and rent tower space to increase its broadcast area into Oro Valley. The station broadcasts on 91.3 FM.

"Randy Peterson helped to bring KXCI to a place of stability and built a solid platform for the station to grow and flourish," said board president Katie Rogerson in the release.

Rogerson said the board wants to take KXCI "to the next level while remaining true to our mission and vision."

"The great team of staff and volunteers that I've been honored to lead have worked hard to make KXCI a valued community asset," Peterson said in the release. "I'm leaving now knowing both that it's the right time to explore my own widening interests and that KXCI is being left in great hands."

Peterson, who said in an email that he's "ready for new opportunities, hopefully still in Tucson," will remain with the station through February to assist with the transition.

Although the KXCI release was sent out at 4:57 p.m. on a Friday — prime time for putting out news that those releasing it hope will get ignored — Peterson said that leaving the station was "my decision."

KXCI began broadcasting in 1983, and operates with an eclectic crew of volunteer DJs and professional staffers Notable programming includes long-running shows such as Kidd Squidd's Mystery Jukebox and Marty Kool's Blues Review.

While the noncommercial station has never been a fountain of money, its operations in recent years have been far more stable than its first decade, which saw a station manager fired while he was out of town on a business trip, and a disputed board election tossed out and a revote of the members conducted, along with a persistent flood of red ink.

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