After public outcry, Rob Lorei reinstated at WMNF radio
Rob Lorei has been reinstated as WMNF's News and Public Affairs Director more than one month after he was abruptly fired.

The decision comes more than one month after Lorei was abruptly fired.

Ousted WMNF Community Radio co-founder and News and Public Affairs Director Rob Lorei has been reinstated, the station announced on-air Wednesday.

WMNF Station Manager Craig Kopp will keep his job despite some pleas from listeners to fire him.

The news comes after a marathon board meeting Monday in which hundreds of Lorei fans spoke in favor of reinstating the iconic Tampa Bay radio personality. Board of Directors President David Harbeitner made the announcement on the station’s 3:30 p.m. news report. Lorei will return to the air on Monday,

“The Board has reached the decision to reinstate Rob to his role as News and Public Affairs director at WMNF. We believe that both Rob and Craig Kopp, the station general manager, can and should play a critical role in the present and future of WMNF,” Harbeitner said.

“This event, unfortunately, has reinforced the value of WMNF and the impact we have in the local community, particularly in regards to News and Public Affairs. It also has heightened our commitment to support the Tampa Bay community and to give a voice to the underserved.”

Joe Henderson

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  • Bradley Arthur

    March 20, 2019 at 7:25 pm

    Bravo, a very important and wise decision. The Tampa Bay area communities and others all over the Web are grateful and relieved. Welcome back Rob, we love you and the whole crew you helped build and inspire at WMNF. The station is our local cultural treasure.

  • Bob Brister

    March 20, 2019 at 10:41 pm

    Thank goodness Rob Lorei will be back at WMNF. The station manager really screwed up. I don’t know why he is allowed to keep his job after all the damage he has done to WMNF.

  • Ronald

    March 21, 2019 at 6:45 am

    I’m pleased to hear that Mr. Lorei will resume his place at the station, a station he helped to create, by the way. And many years before Craig Copp even knew what WMNF was. I hope he is given rightful free reign within his job title to continue the fine work he was doing. Maybe Mr. Copp will think twice about his decision-making in the future. Or better yet, find another gig in another town. Good luck to Rob Lorei and welcome back!

  • Robert white

    March 21, 2019 at 9:24 am

    Coop should go – anyone so out of sync with the community that appreciates the work Robb has done for 40 years, is not a friend who can serve the best interest of our community .

  • Liam Butterworth

    March 21, 2019 at 3:21 pm

    The Station mangler (should be fired whatever his name is)

    Let Coop fly the Coop

    There is no Good Copp, only bad Copp

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