The COO of Kent-based PBS stations WNEO-TV (45) and WEAO-TV (49) will retire at the end of March.

Don Freeman (right) has worked at the pubcaster since 1988, according to a press release. He joined the stations after stints at KRMA-TV in Denver, Nebraska Educational Television, and Ohio Educational Television.

An Air Force veteran, Freeman began his broadcast career with American Forces Radio in Spain in the 1960s.

As an executive producer, he holds two regional Emmys and has been nominated 10 times. Freeman intends to retire to his native Colorado with his wife of 39 years, Joan. They have two sons and two grandchildren.

WNEO, licensed to Alliance, and WEAO, licensed to Akron, are owned by Northeastern Educational Television of Ohio, a partnership between the University of Akron, Kent State University and Youngstown State University. Its studios are located on the KSU campus. Besides their core markets in Akron, Canton and Youngstown, the stations can be received in Beaver, Washington, Lawrence, Butler and other counties near Pittsburgh.

(PBRTV propeller-beanie tip: Ohio Media Watch)