Ben Donnelly

General Manager

PRE's General Manager Ben Donnelly joined the team in August of 2018. He brings nearly 2 decades of public radio experience and enthusiasm for the future of the organization. 

Ben hails from the small town of Versailles, Ohio where his parents were both teachers. He earned a BS in Mass Communication from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio with an emphasis in production. 

Ben started his professional radio career at Texas Public Radio in San Antonio as a classical music announcer and  producer for the weekly opera program. He got the job due to the sound of his voice and his ability to pronounce most composers' names correctly. He worked as an announcer, manager, and teacher at Trinity University's KRTU in San Antonio. He served as music director and morning drive announcer for classical KTPB in Kilgore, Texas for several years before landing at Winston-Salem State University's jazz station WSNC in 2006 where he served as announcer, instructor, and operations manager.

While working at WSSU, he earned a Master's Degree in Technology and Communication from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill through their distance learning program. This led to his appointment as Interim General Manager at WSNC in 2016 and his eventual move to PRE in New Bern.

Ways to Connect

A Message from PRE GM, Ben Donnelly We set a goal of raising $120,000 during our recent fund drive. We raised 90% of that amount during the on-air portion of the drive November 9th through the 16th. It was a very respectable amount and very close to where we wanted to be. In the weeks since the live drive, additional pledges and donations kept coming in. We quietly crossed the $120,000 mark just before the end of November.

With just over a day left to go, PRE needs to raise $43,000 to reach our goal of $120,000.

It is going to be a stretch, but we can do it with enough donations at PublicRadioEast.org and 1-800-222-9832.

Do your part to get us to the finish line.

A message from Public Radio East General Manager, Ben Donnelly

We are approaching the end of the sixth day of our fall fund drive here at PRE. We have made significant progress toward our goal of raising $120,000 by the end of the day this Friday. 

Our current total is just over $70,000 with calls still coming in. Thanks go to everyone who has contributed so far. 

Be sure to make your contribution as soon as possible. Call 1-800-222-9832 or just go to our website at PublicRadioEast.org

A message from Public Radio East General Manager, Ben Donnelly

We are approaching the end of the sixth day of our fall fund drive here at PRE. We have made significant progress toward our goal of raising $120,000 by the end of the day this Friday. 

Our current total is just over $70,000 with calls still coming in. Thanks go to everyone who has contributed so far. 

Be sure to make your contribution as soon as possible. Call 1-800-222-9832 or just go to our website at PubliRadioEast.org

A message from Public Radio East General Manager, Ben Donnelly

We are approaching the end of the sixth day of our fall fund drive here at PRE. We have made significant progress toward our goal of raising $120,000 by the end of the day this Friday. 

Our current total is just over $70,000 with calls still coming in. Thanks go to everyone who has contributed so far. 

Be sure to make your contribution as soon as possible. Call 1-800-222-9832 or just go to our website at PubliRadioEast.org

A message from Public Radio East General Manager, Ben Donnelly

We are approaching the end of the sixth day of our fall fund drive here at PRE. We have made significant progress toward our goal of raising $120,000 by the end of the day this Friday. 

Our current total is just over $70,000 with calls still coming in. Thanks go to everyone who has contributed so far. 

Be sure to make your contribution as soon as possible. Call 1-800-222-9832 or just go to our website at PubliRadioEast.org

A message from Ben Donnelly, General Manager PRE:

Public Radio East is eligible for relief funding from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence.

This is where you come in.