Tricia Perry joins WYSU 88.5 FM

Tricia Perry

Tricia Perry

A familiar local broadcasting voice is now a member of the team at WYSU 88.5 FM team.

Tricia Perry, who has years of experience in broadcasting, reporting, media and public relations, event planning and fundraising, is the station’s new Funding Officer.

Perry will be responsible for marketing and social media, as well as grant writing and pursuing major gifts for the station. Additional responsibilities include planning member events, helping with fund drives and exploring creative new avenues for station support.

Perry started her broadcasting career in 1988, with WHOT FM, before making the move to WKBN radio and television. For nearly 20 years, she covered local and regional news, receiving several broadcast journalism awards for writing and reporting along the way.

In 2007, Perry switched course and focused on her passion for helping local non-profit organizations. She joined the staff at the Rich Center for Autism as the organization’s event coordinator in 2008. There she found the contacts, relationships and knowledge of the community she had developed during her years of reporting had prepared her for success in the non-profit world.

“It’s kind of wonderful that I began my career in radio, and now find myself back in this medium again, doing something completely different,” said Perry. “I have always loved local news and our local broadcast product. I’m excited to be working for WYSU and Youngstown State University. It is great to be part of such a positive community asset.”

Perry listens to the station daily. “WYSU satisfies my need for news and information, but also for interesting cultural programming – local and national, commentary and music, even entertainment. For me, it is the Radio I Need to Know.”

While working at the Rich Center, Perry became a member of the adjunct faculty in the Department of Communication at YSU. She currently teaches the required basic speech course.

Perry has been active on the boards of the Mahoning Valley Historical Society, Ballet Western Reserve, YWCA, and the Poland Junior Women’s Club. She was recognized by Mahoning Valley Professional Club as a “40 Under 40” Honoree, and by the YWCA Youngstown with the Woman of the Year Award in the Category of the Arts.

Perry earned a bachelor’s degree in Communication from Bowling Green State University and a master’s degree in History from YSU.

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