Jeff Schechtman will step down as general manager at local radio stations 1440 KVON and 99.3 KVYN on Jan. 1, according to a news release. The new general manager at the stations will be Larry Sharp, most recently with the Napa Valley Register.
After nine years of running KVYN and KVON, Schechtman has decided to pursue other ventures, the release said.
“Jeff Schechtman has provided nine years of solid leadership for Napa Valley’s only radio stations,” said station owner Roger Walther in a statement.
“It’s customary,” Walther said, “that stations rethink and upgrade programming on a relatively frequent basis and it was certainly time for this review for KVON and KVYN.”
“Ten years is a long time in any one job, and it seemed an ideal time to move on to pursue some projects I’ve been thinking about,” Schechtman said. “There is always a tendency to get stale after too long in one job and in one place.”
Sharp is a Napa resident with extensive experience in the radio industry, said a news release. During his more than 30 years in the industry, he has worked for stations in San Francisco, Sacramento and Seattle.
“Larry’s diverse and extensive experience in all aspects of radio management makes him the ideal candidate to bring about change and add abundant energy to his new assignment,” said Walther.
Schechtman has been with KVYN and KVON since 1996, when Tom Young owned the station. He was originally an on-air personality and later became general manager. His “Late Mornings with Jeff Schechtman” interview program has been continuously on the air for 16 years, according to a news release.
Schechtman said he will be developing a number of new projects including the expansion of his current interview program. He also has two book proposals currently in the hands of publishers and two documentary projects in development.
Wine Country Broadcasting purchased KVYN and KVON in 2003 from Moss Entertainment. In September
Walther announced that he was considering the sale of the stations.