Charlie Sherman named executive director of New Horizons
Sherman is best known statewide for his on-air personality at WMUR-TV, where he worked from 1992 to 2004, departing the station as sports director. He was a big supporter of the Penguin Plunge, a fund-raiser for the Special Olympics of New Hampshire, among other charitable causes. Sherman, 57, said he has always wanted to run a non-profit to make a difference in the community. He visited New Horizons this week to talk with staff and to meet some of the people served.
';It';s people from all walks of life,'; he said. ';That';s what gets you.';
The board of directors at New Horizons made the hire official Monday. Sherman is scheduled to start May 23, said Kevin Kintner, New Horizons'; program director who has served as interim director since October. New Horizons is a Manchester-based adult homeless shelter, soup kitchen, and pantry, which also runs Angie';s, which focuses on homeless women, especially those with addictions. New Horizons'; soup kitchen served 70,435 meals and its food pantry distributed 15,393 bags of food to impoverished families and individuals in 2008, according to the non-profit';s web site.
Roy Tilsley, president of the board of directors, said the board was impressed with Sherman';s leadership and management experience. In addition to Sherman being so well-known, Tilsley said his business experience would be an added benefit. (See related story, Page B3).
';We';re very excited to have him,'; he said.
Sherman, a Massachusetts native, lives in Amherst with his wife. They have two grown children.
His early love of broadcasting was interrupted by a career as a banking executive. In the early 1980s, Sherman moved to Rochester, N.H., where he worked as a regional vice president with Indian Head Bank, and left the banking industry in 1986 to focus on his radio and television career, according to his biography on WGIR-AM.
The Charlie Sherman Show on WGIR-AM is weekdays from 5 a.m. to 9 a.m., and it covers a mix of New Hampshire news topics, including politics and sports. Sherman said he is at the station for another week. He would not rule out some part-time broadcast work, as long as it does not interfere with his job at New Horizons.
';I';ll miss it,'; he said of his WGIR show. ';I won';t miss getting up at 3:30 in the morning.';