2016 Preis Honoree - Michael Titterton
Hawai‘i Arts Alliance held its 36th annual Alfred Preis celebration on Saturday, February 4, 2017 at Halekulani. Michael Titterton, former President and General Manager of Hawaii Public Radio, received the Alfred Preis Honor for his lifetime support of the arts, and community building in Hawaii.
Michael Titterton has led Hawai‘i Public Radio as a community builder and promoter of the arts for 17 years. Originally from London, he started his radio career in Detroit as a campus morning news reader and automotive industry correspondent, around the time that National Public Radio was being formed. Over the next 20 years he built, managed, and consulted for public radio stations all over the U.S. Michael came to Hawai‘i Public Radio as President and General Manager in 1999. Under his leadership the station has increased its membership from 7,000 to 13,000 members, and the annual operating budget has grown from $1.6 million to $4.8 million. Radio service has been broadened to reach Maui County, Kaua‘i, and the Big Island, and the two HPR program streams were re-branded as HPR1 and HPR2, with HPR1 covering classical music and fine arts, and HPR2 enveloping news, talk shows, current events and jazz stream. In recent years, HPR has received significant recognition for its work in fundraising, news programming, and business practices.
Perhaps unbeknownst to many, Michael is
also a former actor with credits to his name
such as Henry Higgins in My Fair Lady
and George in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
His favorite role has been that of Sir
in The Dresser.