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The NFCB Board is excited to announce that they have selected Rima Dael as the next CEO of the organization! She will be joining the NFCB staff in January 2024 when our current CEO Sally Kane steps down.

Welcome, Rima!

You can read the full press release below:



November 7, 2023
Contact: Kerry Semrad
NFCB Board President
Phone (402) 474-5086 ext 5

National Federation of Community Broadcasters appoints Rima Dael as new CEO

The Board of Directors of the National Federation of Community Broadcasters has selected Rima Dael to serve as NFCB’s next Chief Executive Officer. Starting in January, she will serve as successor to longtime current CEO Sally Kane.

“Taking the reins of NFCB from Sally Kane, whose leadership is greatly felt throughout our system, requires a visionary and inspiring leader. Rima Dael is that leader,” said Kerry Semrad, President of NFCB’s Board of Directors. “Rima has a proven track record of advocating for independent stations, from our country’s largest cities to the smallest communities. She is a fierce champion of localism and belonging and she brings a passion for the essential role that community radio plays in our country.”

Dael was selected after a five-month nationwide search that produced a diverse pool of talented candidates. She brings more than three decades of nonprofit experience in the public media, arts, education, and human services sectors. Most recently, Dael served as the general manager of WSHU Public Radio in Fairfield Connecticut and was a member of NPR’s Board of Directors.

Dael is originally from the Philippines. She received her bachelor’s degree in Anthropology and Theatre Arts from Mt. Holyoke College and her master’s degree in Nonprofit Management from the Milano School of Management & Urban Policy at the New School University, where she was a Community Development Finance Fellow.

“I am eager to build on the foundation Sally, the NFCB Board, and NFCB membership have created. NFCB will continue to serve the needs of our membership, strengthening the capacity of stations to meet the changing needs of our industry and our communities,” said Dael. “I believe that our community stations are a backbone for our communities. They are part of the safety net of our society, and they are a platform for individual and communal expression. I look forward to jumping into this role and working with all our members on the integral work they do each day for our communities.”

NFCB is the oldest and largest national organization dedicated to community stations within the public media system. NFCB’s mission is to provide customized and innovative services that optimize community media’s capacity to serve their communities and engage them in their service. In furtherance of that mission, NFCB advocates for national public policy, funding, recognition, and resources on behalf of its membership while providing services to empower and strengthen multi-platform community media.