RTDNA & Foundation Names Cavender Executive Director
December 7, 2011
WASHINGTON: The Radio Television Digital News Association has
selected Mike Cavender to serve
as the organization’s executive director.
Cavender, who will also oversee the Radio Television Digital News Foundation,
is a 25-year broadcast and digital media veteran and life member of RTDNA. A
senior-level communications executive with major market TV news management
experience, he was formerly vice president of client solutions for Synaptic
Digital, a multichannel media creation and distribution platform. Previously,
he served as a vice president and news director at CBS television affiliates in
Washington, Atlanta, Tampa, and Nashville, Tenn. Additionally, Cavender held
board leadership roles at RTDNA/F for 20 years, serving as chairman, director,
trustee and treasurer. Earlier in his career, Cavender was a writer, producer
and executive producer.
“My goal, in the weeks and months ahead, is to spearhead an effort to make
RTDNA the most valuable professional resource it can be,” Cavender said in his
first blog post. “Whether it’s day-to-day best practices, First Amendment
advocacy, ethics training, job placement, overseas programs--when you need
professional support, I want RTDNA to be the first place you look.