WYEP-FM (91.3) has announced that Lee Ferraro is stepping down as general manager at the end of July after 16 years. Ferraro says the longevity was “made possible by the dedicated, passionate and thoughtful board and staff of WYEP,” as quoted by the Tribune-Review. Among the accomplishments the station made under Ferraro’s tenure were the creation of the Community Broadcast Center in Bedford Square on Pittsburgh’s South Side and purchasing WDUQ-FM (90.5) from Duquene University and transforming it into WESA-FM.

Ferraro says he will help the station’s Board of Directors find a new leader. But once his tenure comes to an end, he will “take some time off to reflect on my experience at WYEP, though I intend to stay involved with public radio and will look for new challenges once my batteries are fully charged.”

The station will conduct a national search for a new general manager.