After months of a very thorough and nationwide search for KFAI’s next General Manager, the Board of Directors is pleased to announce the hiring of Daniel Banks as the next station leader. Daniel will be starting Monday August 3. We are excited to have Daniel representing the future of our station, part of KFAI’s vision for our future in the Twin Cities.
Daniel Banks comes to KFAI with a background in cultural nonprofits, local radio, and fostering community. Originally from Boston, Massachusetts, Daniel grew up listening to the unique mix of programs coming from the abundance of the college and community radio stations in the city. These models inspired him to launch his own show on WBOR 91.1 FM once at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine. His investment in this program — “the best hour of his week, every week” — inspired him to join the station’s staff, holding positions as a Music Director and Concert Director before finally ascending to the office of Station Manager. Daniel found in this position that the power of radio to connect people and communities was a one absolutely worth pursuing.
Parallel to this experience at WBOR, Daniel exercised his active passion for the arts with work across the cultural sector in museums, music venues, and volunteer community organizations. Culminating with a Fulbright grant in Berlin, Germany, where he investigated the arts scene and wrote for a music publication, this connection to the arts is something that Daniel feels is inseparable from his spirit. KFAI hopes to reap the benefits of Daniel’s appetite for the arts and reassert the station’s age-old place in the Twin Cities’ cultural scene.
Outside of these professional endeavors, Daniel enjoys going to local concerts and gallery openings. When these options fail – or a pandemic befalls us – Daniel is known by his friends as the agitator who will bring people together for a day of board games or a lighthearted thrift run. In all of these respects, Daniel intends to engage fully in the Twin Cities’ scene and represent the station across the many neighborhoods and communities. If you run into him, please say hello! With the construction of community and the sharing of experiences always on his mind, Daniel is the right individual to carry on KFAI’s legacy with a grin.