WMNF assistant news director Mitch Perry leaves the community radio station for Creative Loafing
Mitch Perry, assistant news director for Tampa community radio station WMNF-FM (88.5), will leave the station Sept. 21 to work as news and politics editor for area alternative newspaper Creative Loafing.
Perry, 46, said the move was a new challenge after nearly 10 years at WMNF, where he works with another staffer and a few volunteers to assemble the station's hourlong 6 p.m. news broadcast each weekday. He'll be taking a job last held by Wayne Garcia, the one of the last name columnists at Creative Loafing, who left the newspaper last month for a teaching job at the University of Florida.
"I've always wanted to do print -- it's kind of an exciting move for me," said Perry, who expects to write a weekly column, edit community bloggers who contribute to Creative Loafing's Web site, moderate podcasts and write larger feature stories. "I had a couple of sleepless nights after the decision -- I was ready for a change, but when the time came, it was tough to do -- but now I'm psyched."
The six-newspaper Creative Loafing chain emerged from bankruptcy last month, purchased for $5-million by its biggest creditor, Atalaya Capital Partners. Industry observers wondered if the new owners would begin to rebuild staffs eroded by waves of layoffs during the company's yearlong bankruptcy.
"Well, I'll just do my own thing and hopefully, people will like it," noted Perry, who said he won't be assuming the nickname adopted by Garcia, a former political consultant, known as the Political Whore. "Nobody replaces Wayne Garcia."