Head of Montgomery Community Media Dies

Head of Montgomery Community Media Dies

Merlyn Reineke found dead Friday in his office

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Merlyn Reineke

FROM MONTGOMERY COMMUNITY MEDIA WEBSITE

Merlyn Reineke, the chief executive officer of Montgomery Community Media (MCM), died Friday, apparently as a result of suicide.

In a statement posted Saturday on the MCM website, board President Jeffrey Slavin wrote that “Reineke took his own life last night for reasons that were deeply personal.”

Slavin continued: “We knew Merlyn as a charming diplomat who managed to move MCM into the modern age of media with distinctive vision and acumen. For more than 8 years, he provided award winning leadership to one of the country’s largest community media organizations.”

At MCM, Reineke is credited with expanding and improving the quality of the on-air and online content. Prior to joining MCM, Reineke was a senior director at the Public Broadcasting Service.

On its website, MCM is described as “the only independent, nonprofit organization providing access to public media … directly to Montgomery County’s over one million residents as well as the resident non-profit organizations, associations and businesses.”

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Editor's note: Montgomery County encourages using the following numbers for free and confidential help with suicide prevention:

  • Montgomery County Hotline: 301-738-2255
  • Montgomery County Crisis Center: 240-777-4000
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255

According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention's website, warning signs of suicide include:

  • talking about wanting to die
  • looking for a way to kill oneself
  • talking about feeling hopeless or having no purpose
  • talking about feeling trapped or in unbearable pain
  • talking about being a burden to others
  • increasing the use of alcohol or drugs
  • acting anxious, agitated or recklessly
  • sleeping too little or too much
  • withdrawing or feeling isolated
  • showing rage or talking about seeking revenge
  • displaying extreme mood swings

If someone you know exhibits warning signs of suicide:

  • Do not leave the person alone
  • Remove any firearms, alcohol, drugs or sharp objects that could be used in a suicide attempt
  • Call the U.S. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255
  • Take the person to an emergency room or seek help from a medical or mental health professional

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