Head of Montgomery Community Media Dies

Merlyn Reineke found dead Friday in his office


Merlyn Reineke


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.”


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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