2010 Inductee

Think for a moment what your life would be like without public radio, reflected the Founding President of Developing Radio Partners, in which Siemering dedicatedly brings information internationally to some of the poorest countries in the world, Africa and Asia.

Siemering began his radio career after graduating the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and becoming a teacher in Madison. Years later as General Manager of WBFO, based at the University at Buffalo on Main Street, he let residents originate 25 hours a week of programming. Siemering’s belief that radio should be led by the people developed into This is Radio, WBFO’s magazine show. In 1970, Siemering moved to Washington, DC, becoming the first program director of National Public Radio. Throughout his career, he has taken on Vice President/Management roles for KCCM in MN, the Minnesota Public Radio, and WHYY Inc., in PA.

It was in 1995 when Siemering began his overseas and international work with radio, working in South Africa, for the Knight International Press Fellowship, and became the recipient of a 5-year award for accomplishments of originality in public radio, the MacArthur Foundation Fellowship. His travels as a Program Manager for the Open Society Institute include the international countries Mozambique, Moldova, Macedonia, Ukraine, and Mongolia.

Siemering has been the recipient for several awards for his numerous radio accomplishments, such as the Edward R. Murrow Award and Lifetime Achievement Award, and received honorary degrees of Doctor of Law from Arcadia University and Doctor of Humane Letters from UB.

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