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Public broadcasting luminary files for Bainbridge city council seat

Wayne Roth, an eminent pioneer in public radio, has filed as a candidate for the Central Ward, Position 5 city council seat on Bainbridge Island.

Roth is the third islander to jump into the race, and his candidacy guarantees an August Primary Election battle for the position.

John Green, a developer, and Arlene Buetow, a retiree who serves on the city's Utility Advisory Committee, are also seeking the Central Ward post.

Roth, 69, is currently the president of KUOW, the flagship National Public Radio member station in Seattle.

He also serves as general manager of Puget Sound Public Radio, the entity that operates KUOW. Roth announced plans last month to retire from KUOW in September.

Roth has a long and distinguished career in public broadcasting, with a career stretching 45 years, and he has led KUOW since 1983.

Roth served for nine years on the board of National Public Radio and was the board's chairman from 1988 to 1990.

He was awarded the Edward R. Murrow Award from the Corporation for Public Broadcast in 2005 for “outstanding contributions to public radio.”

Roth is also managing director of the Northwest News Network, a consortium that produces news reports for public radio stations in Washington, Oregon and Idaho.

Roth is co-founder and the former chairman of the board of the Station Resource Group, a national organization that provides leadership for public radio policy and development. He is also a director of Ballantine Communications,   a newspaper publisher in the Four Corners region of Colorado.

Roth and his family moved to Bainbridge Island in 1996.

He helped establish the Marge Williams Office Center in 1999 and is a former board member of the Bainbridge Island Arts & Humanities Council.

He currently serves on the board of the Bainbridge Island Japanese American Exclusion Memorial Association.

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