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Section: Capital Region
Date: Tuesday, March 14,
Chartock defends $48,000 raise
WAMC's president and CEO says his
new pay and benefits are in line for the work he does
Chartock said the raise has "not been a secret," stating he received
the salary hike after retiring as a professor from the State University
of New York. Chartock said that despite the raise, the move to working
solely for WAMC cost him, since he gave up his roughly $100,000 SUNY job.
By MARK McGUIRE
WAMC Northeast Public Radio President and CEO
Chartock received a $48,000 raise in 2004 from the public radio
station, according to the latest Internal Revenue Service filing, prompting
criticism from two of his most vocal detractors.
The raise - which totaled $51,657 when benefits
are factored in - increased Chartock's salary to $154,119 (and $166,101
in total salary and benefits), according to the network's 2005 990 form,
the IRS filing for tax-exempt organizations.
The raise was first reported on the Web site
Northeast Pirate Radio (http://www.wamc.net),
a blog run by Glenn Heller. (The station's official Web site is http://www.wamc.org.)
The raise also was discussed Monday on "Live from the State Capitol" (WROW
590 AM), hosted by another frequent critic of
Chartock, New York
Post state editor and WRGB Ch. 6 analyst Fred Dicker.
in the past been critical of both Dicker and Heller.
"When was the last time you heard of a CEO at a public
charity getting a sudden 45 percent salary increase?" Heller said in an
e-mail interview, adding, "This thing stinks."
"I took an actual cut of $50,000 to do that,"
"I'm on air, I'm off air, I do a lot of the fundraising,"
the executive said, adding "$150,000 is not out of line with what people
make for this job."
At WNYC, New York City's public radio outlet, at
least six employees made more in 2004 than Chartock did last year,
according to IRS filings; its executive director and CEO, Laura Walker,
made more than $313,000 in salary and benefits that year.
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