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Charlie Sherman named executive director of New Horizons

MANCHESTER — Charlie Sherman is leaving WGIR-AM to become executive director of New Horizons of New Hampshire, Inc.

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.&#';