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Music Director Jim Manion and Publisher Peter LoPilato

Yaël Ksander interviews Jim Manion, music director for WFHB community radio, and Peter LoPilato, publisher of The Ryder and curator of The Ryder film series.

Jim Manion in black T-shirt and jacket, with graying hair and goatee, and hair reaching to nape of his neck; and Peter LoPilato in black horn-rimmed glasses with sunglasses on top of head.

Photo: Josh Brewer/WFIU

L to R: Jim Manion and Peter LoPilato

I think my work at WFHB is one of the main things I was born to do. – Jim Manion

IU alumnus Jim Manion is the longtime music director of Bloomington’s community radio station WFHB, a music writer, and musician. He has performed as a DJ at the campus/community cable FM station WQAX, written about music for The Primo Times and The Ryder magazine, and drummed in a variety of bands. In the mid-1970s he joined the effort to launch WFHB—a process that took 17 years. In 2015, Ivy Tech honored him with an Arts Advocate award.

I would put [The Ryder’s] programming up against one of the better art house theaters in New York or LA – Peter LoPilato

Peter LoPilato is the publisher of The Ryder magazine, which he founded in 1980. He also founded and is the curator for The Ryder Film Series, which has been presenting foreign-language, independent, and classic American films in Bloomington for more than a quarter century.

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