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May 04. 2011 11:25PM

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.”


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