Shelia Rue

Sheila Rue
Program Director WUSF 89.7 and WSMR 89.1 and 103.9
Q: What was your first job at WUSF and what did you do for the station?
A: My first job was as Program Director for WUSF 89.7.  I oversaw (and still do oversee!) everything we put on the air!  Programs, music, announcers, everything you hear on the air goes through me first!
Q: How long ago was that?
A: That was 4 ½ years ago.  I started working here in February 2009.
Q: Are you still doing the same job, or something different? Well, almost the same job!  Since I started working here, we have acquired another radio station – Classical WSMR.  So now I am the Program Director for two, wonderful public radio stations – WUSF with news, information and all night jazz; and WSMR with an all-classical music format.
Q: If you had to select one program you’d like to keep on the air for the next 50 years – what would it be?
A: I’m not sure that is a fair question for a Program Director!  I listen to, and love every program we air.  But if I had to say there is one I would miss more than any other, it would be All Things Considered.
Q: When /how did you first learn about public radio?
A: When I started college in the mid 70’s we had a public radio station on campus.  I had already been working in radio, so I was interested in the “campus station.”  It aired All Things Considered (like others at that time) from 4-5:30pm weekdays.  That was about it for NPR programming at the time.  We had to patch the network in on phone lines!  I couldn’t believe my ears!  Smart, thoughtful, deep conversations and real voices giving me the news?  I begged the station to hire me – I wanted to work there even if I didn’t get paid!
Q: What is your earliest memory of WUSF? 
A: My parents moved to the Bay area the year I graduated from high school.  After leaving for college and learning about public radio there, I looked for a similar station in the area when I returned to visit my family.  I knew there was a college close by…so I had hoped they had also discovered NPR!  Of course…WUSF was right there!
Q: Which public broadcasting personality would you like to invite to a dinner party?  What’s the first question you’d ask him or her?
A: Robert Siegel.  Lennon or McCartney?

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