Michelle was born and raised in sunny Florida. Before joining the WFIT team, she spent time living and working nomadically in remote locations across the country. She has zigzagged the U.S. traveling out to the redwood forests of California, over to the tip of Mt. Washington in New Hampshire and many places in-between.
Born in Hartford, CT George was surrounded by music from the get go. His dad, being a high school band director by day and professional jazz pianist by night, would bring home instruments for George to explore. By the time he was a high school student, George was often called upon to fill in sections of the band on different instruments. The drums were definitely George’s calling and at the age of nine he joined one of the many ‘fife & drum’ corps popular in the North East. Through his teen years George played with many a band in the local Connecticut Club scene.
Barbara Bingnear served as Director of Gifts and Outreach from 1998 to 2013.
Barbara earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH.
She is on the Board of Directors of VegFund, an organization that provides worldwide funding for outreach activities that inspire people to choose a vegan lifestyle.
Barbara and her husband, Francis, have resided in Melbourne since moving from St. Croix, USVI in 1988. They share their home with their cat, Pepper, and their dog, Brandy.
Originally from Boston, Todd Kennedy began volunteering at WFIT 89.5 FM in 1992 as a late night jazz DJ. In 1998 he was hired as Director of Operations and in 2004 he became Program Director.
As Program Director, he is responsible for formulating the sound of the station. His daily duties include managing broadcast communications, operating satellite services and broadcast automation systems. He is also in charge of overseeing all studio productions and digital editing.
He also plays an important role in coordinating fundraising materials, outreach events and underwriting activities. He trains and supervises community volunteers and on-air hosts, and has been seeing doing a little plumbing and vacuuming on the side.
Terri Wright has held the position of General Manager at WFIT since 1998.
As manager of Brevard County’s only locally owned and operated public radio station, she is responsible for directing all aspects of the station including: sales and underwriting, membership and development, operations, new media and broadcast engineering.
Terri’s responsibilities include managing WFIT’s $600,000+ annual budget raised through Corporation for Public Broadcasting’s grant, Florida Public Broadcasting/DOE’s grant and other corporate and foundation grants, as well as underwriting, membership donations, special events, and planned giving donations.
After serving as a volunteer, Rose Mantle joined the staff of WFIT in 2007. As Public Service Announcement Director, Rose writes copy for the hundreds of announcement requests WFIT receives from the Space Coast and Treasure Coast communities. She also serves as Membership Assistant and volunteer coordinator, writes grants for the station, represents WFIT at community events, and contributes to social media.
Before moving to Melbourne Beach from Sonoma, California, Rose worked in advertising and communications, first as an account executive for the Sonoma Index-Tribune, a venerable local newspaper, and at ValPak Direct Marketing where Rose expanded her love of language and honed the skills necessary for her many duties at WFIT.