Tom Bartunek is Vice President of Planning and Special Projects at New York Public Radio. Bartunek is responsible for working with the executive teams and brand leaders to assess strategic opportunities, analyze audience data, and advise on special programming projects and internal resource allocation that will enhance the multimedia company’s offering across all delivery platforms.
Bartunek joined New York Public Radio in 2009 when the company acquired WQXR, New York’s only all-classical station, from The New York Times Company. Bartunek spent nearly twenty years at The Times, first as Program Director of WQXR, then as General Manager of WQXR and President of New York Times Radio. In the latter capacity, he spearheaded the Times’s entry into radio news and audio podcasting and negotiated the Times’s participation in NYPR’s The Takeaway national morning program. He created the three-way agreement that enabled NYPR to purchase WQXR.
At NYPR, Bartunek managed the process and the negotiations by which the company purchased four radio stations from the State of New Jersey. These stations now make up New Jersey Public Radio.
Bartunek’s public radio experience includes four years as the business head of the Public Radio Satellite System at NPR and on-air and management positions at WXXI FM, Rochester, and WFIU FM, Bloomington, Indiana. He earned a B.A. at the University of Rochester, an M.A. at Cleveland State University, and did further graduate work at Indiana University. He also holds a management certificate from the Public Telecommunications Institute.