As a public media entity, Nashville Public Radio makes every effort to be as transparent as possible in order to comply with The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB). Below you will find documents and information related to Nashville Public Radio’s contact, governance, management, finances, meetings and diversity initiatives.
There are also certain PUBLIC INSPECTION FILES that are a requirement of the Federal Communications Commission. They are placed here so members of the public may have free access to these reports. These reports are also available for inspection at the offices of Nashville Public Radio, 630 Mainstream Dr., Nashville, TN 37228. Nashville Public Radio maintains a list of organizations that are notified when there are Nashville Public Radio employment opportunities. If you would like your organization to be notified of these employment opportunities, please contact Nashville Public Radio at (615) 760-2003.
Contact information for Nashville Public Radio
Nashville Public Radio
630 Mainstream Dr
Nashville, TN 37228
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Nashville Public Radio’s Board of Directors, Community Advisory Group, and Management Team are listed below, including the meeting schedules and locations.
Nashville Public Radio’s Board of Directors
Byron Trauger (Chair)
William F. Carpenter, III
Charlene Dewey (Vice-Chair)
James Gooch (Governance Committee Chair)
Rob Gordon (President)
Tony Heard (Finance Committee Chair)
Robert K. Oermann
Robert W. Wahl
H. James Williams
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The Board of Directors meet at 8:30 am on the following dates. The meeting location is at Nashville Public Radio, 630 Mainstream Dr., Nashville, TN 37228
February 18, 2014
April 15, 2014
August 19: CANCELED
October 21, 2014
December 16, 2014
Community Advisory Group
Peri duGard Owens
The Community Advisors meet at 11:30 am on the following dates. The meeting location is at Nashville Public Radio, 630 Mainstream Dr., Nashville, TN 37228
February 12, 2014
May 14, 2014
August 13, 2014
November 12, 2014
Rob Gordon, President and CEO – [email protected] – (615) 760-2002
Carl Pedersen, VP of Finance and Technology – [email protected] – (615) 760-2003
Henry Fennell, VP or Programming – [email protected] – (615) 760-2032
Donna Robertson, VP of Development – [email protected] – (615) 760-2021
FCC AND FINANCIAL REPORTS
ANNUAL CPB LOCAL CONTENT AND SERVICES REPORT
CPB Question 1 – Describe your overall goals and approach to address identified community issues, needs, and interests through your station’s vital local services, such as multiplatform long and short-form content, digital and in-person engagement, education services, community information, partnership support, and other activities, and audiences you reached or new audiences you engaged.
Answer Question 1 – Our overall goal is to be an indispensible source of accurate, reliable information for our community of listeners. In order to have impact, we need a critical mass of listeners and adequate community support, so we aim for exceeding the average audience and revenue figures for stations which are of similar size and format. That means placing in the top five of our peer group, which we have done every year since 1998.
We address significant community issues through our news and information programming on our flagship station, WPLN-FM. We employ five full time journalists and several freelancers who work under the close supervision of our News Director, Anita Bugg. Weekly editorial meetings are held to shape coverage. We produce newscasts throughout the day and air 1 – 2 longer stories each weekday morning.
We satisfy the demand for arts and classical music by producing a 24-hour classical music service on WFCL, 91.1FM. We promote local performances and arts organizations and record and broadcast a regular music feature from our Performance Studio C.
CPB Question 2 – Describe key initiatives and the variety of partners with whom you collaborated, including other public media outlets, community nonprofits, government agencies, educational institutions, the business community, teachers and parents, etc. This will illustrate the many ways you’re connected across the community and engaged with other important organizations in the area.
Answer Question 2 – Because we offer discount pricing, many of the significant area non-profit and arts organizations can obtain afford drive time placement for announcements. These include, but are not limited to The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, The Nashville Symphony, Nashville Opera, Tennessee Performing Arts Center, Tennessee Repertory Theater, The Nashville Ballet, Alive Hospice, Second Harvest Food Bank, Nashville Human Association, Goodwill and Tennessee Department of Agriculture.
Our connection to organizations goes beyond running their spots. We consider ourselves to be their media partners and advisors, helping them get the most from their messages.
We partnered with the Nashville Public Library in December, 2013 to bring NPR’s Michelle Norris to Nashville as part of a celebration of the 10th anniversary of the creation of the Civil Rights Room in the Library, an exhibit and archive devoted to the study and preservation of materials related to Nashville’s role in the civil rights movement.
In 2013 Nashville Public Radio hosted visits from elementary school students, broadcast students from Nashville Tech, Cub Scout troops, and others. We made our facility available for meetings by area non -profits, including the Sister Cities of Nashville and the LBGT Chamber of Commerce.
Nashville Public Radio staff is engaged with the community through membership on boards and organizations. For example, CEO Rob Gordon is a member of the 2013 – 2014 class of Leadership Nashville and an active member of the Chamber of Commerce (serving on the Business Conditions Council) and the Economic Club of Nashville, a downtown Nashville service organization.
CPB Question 3 – What impact did your key initiatives and partnerships have in your community? Describe any known measurable impact, such as increased awareness, learning or understanding about particular issues. Describe indicators of success, such as connecting people to needed resources or strengthening conversational ties across diverse neighborhoods. Did a partner see an increase in requests for related resources? Please include direct feedback from a partner(s) or from a person(s) served.
Answer Question 3 – Our listeners supply us with ample feedback about our impact and many leave passionate messages when they pledge to the station online. Here are three recent examples of direct feedback:
“Both of our daughters are more informed and impassioned, have better taste, and have a well-developed sense of the world and its people, because of the countless stories and interviews they’ve heard on WPLN and discussed with us, each other, their friends and teachers.”
“Making a donation on behalf of my boyfriend who is currently deployed. He introduced me to the station by making it our routine station to wake up to. I listen to NPR not only to make me feel closer to him, but because I enjoy every program. I am that person who pulls into a parking lot and have a hard time trying not to be late to work because I don’t want to turn off the radio. Thank you for all the great programs!”
“My husband & I are founding supporters of 91.1, and I listen to Bradley George’s broadcast every single morning on my way to teach at MBA. What better way to start the day than with Bach, Handel, Mendelssohn, and Bird Note! Thanks for your wonderful programming and for providing Music City with a real classical music station!”
CPB Question 4 – Please describe any efforts (e.g. programming, production, engagement activities) you have made to investigate and/or meet the needs of minority and other diverse audiences (including, but not limited to, new immigrants, people for whom English is a second language and illiterate adults) during Fiscal Year 2013, and any plans you have made to meet the needs of these audiences during Fiscal Year 2014. If you regularly broadcast in a language other than English, please note the language broadcast.
Answer Question 4 -All audiences, including recent immigrants, must navigate local governments and other institutions. With the exception of our struggling daily newspapers, Nashville has very few sources of information about public services and program, which makes WPLN’s news department reporting that much more important.
WPLN’s news department reports on actions both at the state level and at the city level which affect every one of our fellow citizens, including, but not limited to, how much is paid for government services, what investments are being made (or not made) in quality of life areas, and infrastructure and transportation. An example: Nashville is currently debating taking steps to address a lack of mass transit options. As more and more service sector employees live farther and farther from the city center, this issue needs to be addressed and decisions made, hopefully by a well-informed citizenry. WPLN has produced multiple stories on the issue.
CPB Question 5 – Please assess the impact that your CPB funding had on your ability to serve your community. What were you able to do with your grant that you wouldn’t be able to do if you didn’t receive it?
Answer Question 5 -CPB funding accounts for approximately 7% of Nashville Public Radio’s operating budget, and enables the station to be a more vital local service. Without CPB funding we would be unable to produce as much local and regional in-depth news or present local music performances.
Considering the size of our market (43rd), we make a substantial investment in local news, producing daily feature length reports and newscasts while maintaining a full time news staff of 5, in addition to several freelancers. Without CPB funding, this level of activity would be impossible to sustain.
In short, CPB funding allows us to be a distinctively Nashville service. This is important, given that more and more information and entertainment choices available to our listeners do not originate from or reflect our community.
Nashville Public Radio strives to ascertain that its staff, board of directors and community advisory board are reflective of the diverse population it serves. Additionally, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting’s (CPB) Diversity Eligibility Criteria require public media organizations to adopt formal goals for diversity and to report annually on steps taken to work toward those goals. These actions are required for all stations receiving Community Service Grant funds (CSG).
To that end, Nashville Public Radio has set the following diversity goals:
- To recruit and retain a diverse workforce that is representative of our service area.
- To provide equal opportunity in employment.
- To educate our management and staff annually in best practices for maintaining an inclusive and diverse environment for all persons.
- To seek candidates for Nashville Public Radio’s Community Advisory Board that represent the geographically and demographically diverse composition of the many communities we serve.
- Seek diverse candidates for our Board of Directors through the Nominating Committee process.
- To assist in developing a more diverse future workforce with professional skills in the broadcasting/media industry by recruiting diverse candidates for Nashville Public Radio internship opportunities and/or by participating in minority or other diversity job fairs.
- Review with the station’s governing board those practices that are designed to fulfill Nashville Public Radio’s commitment to diversity and to meet the applicable FCC guidelines
In addition, Nashville Public Radio shall undertake one of the following initiatives on an annual basis:
- Include individuals representing diverse groups in internships or work-study programs designed to provide meaningful professional level experience in order to reflect the diversity of the communities they serve and further public broadcasting’s commitment to education;
- Include qualified diverse candidates in any slate of candidates for elected governing boards that the Nashville Public Radio controls;
- Implement a diversity training program for members of the organization’s governing board of directors on an annual basis;
- Participate in minority or other diversity job fairs; or
- Implement formal diversity training programs for management and appropriate staff.
In addition to these goals Nashville Public Radio will interview at least one qualified diversity candidate for each senior leadership position hired. The term senior leadership position includes: CEO, COO, CFO, Chief Content Officer, General Manager, and other equivalent positions.