CPB Transparency Report | Nashville Public Radio

CPB Transparency Report

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.

FCC PUBLIC FILE ACCESS INSTRUCTIONS

Nashville Public Radio’s representative to provide assistance for persons with disabilities can be contacted at (615) 760-2903.   Nashville Public Radio’s address is:  630 Mainstream Dr., Nashville, TN 37228. The telephone number is (615) 760-2903 and email address is  carl@wpln.org.

DIRECT LINKS TO NASHVILLE PUBLIC RADIO’S FCC HOSTED PUBLIC FILES ARE:

Contact information for Nashville Public Radio
Nashville Public Radio
630 Mainstream Dr
Nashville, TN 37228
(615) 760-2003. 
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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

Officers: 
Katy Varney (Chair)
William F. Carpenter, III (Vice Chair)
Claire Gulmi (Finance Committee Chair)
Beth Seigenthaler Courtney (Governance Chair)

 

Directors: 
Richard Abramson
Samar Ali
Lauren Brisky

Martin S. Brown, Jr.
Barbara Chazen
Donna Eskind
Rob Gordon
Lucy Haynes
Angela Humphreys
Elissa Kim
Andrew Kintz
Carol Kirshner
Paula Lovell
Jeff McGruder
Patricia C. Meadows
Alice Rolli
Curt Thorne
Don Williamson
Betsy Wills

Board Intern:
Kirk Graves

 

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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 17, 2015
April 28, 2015
June 16, 2015
August 18, 2015
October 20, 2015
December 15, 2015 
February 16, 2016
April 19, 2016
June 21, 2016
August 16, 2016
October 18, 2016
December 21, 2016
February 21, 2017
April 18, 2017
June 20, 2017
August 15, 2017
October 17, 2017
December 19,2017
February 27, 2018
April 24, 2018
June 26, 2018
August 28, 2018
October 30, 2018
December 18, 2018

Community Advisory Group

Rodney Diggs
Taylor Berry
Austin Fabel
Komail Khalili
Heather Stewart
Peter Kadesky
Drew Dunlop
John Triggs

 

Todd Freyling, Chair

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 11, 2015
August 12, 2015
November 11, 2015
February 10, 2016
May 11, 2016
August 17, 2016
November 9, 2017
March 1, 2017
February 28, 2018

The Finance Committee meet at 8:00 am on the following dates.  The meeting location is Amsurg 1 Burton Hills Blvd, Nashville, TN 37215.
June 5, 2015 - conf call
July 22, 2015- conf call
October 19, 2015 - conf call
January 19, 2016 - Amsurg
June 14, 2016 - conf call
June 16, 2017 - conf call
July 20, 2017 - conf call
October 17, 2017 - conf  call
January 18, 2018 - Amsurg
April 23, 2018 - conf call
June 18, 2018 - conf call
July 31, 2018 - conf call
October 29, 2018 - conf call
January 28, 2019 - Nashville Public Radio

The Capital Campaign Committee meet at 11:30 am on the following dates. The meeting location is at Nashville Public Radio, 630 Mainstream Dr., Nashville, TN 37228.
January 21, 2015
March 25, 2015
May 13, 2015

The Governance Committee meet at 8:00 am on the following dates.  The meeting location is at Bass, Berry, and Sims 150 3rd Ave S #2800, Nashville, TN 37201.
June 9 , 2015 at BBS
May 19, 2015 at BBS
December 2015 at BBS
May 19, 2016 at BBS
Committee meetings are not at DVL Seigenthalar 
700 12th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203
February 22, 2018 at DVL

The Executive Committee meet at 10:00 am on the following dates. The meeting location is at Nashville Public Radio, 630 Mainstream Dr., Nashville, TN 37228.
July 27, 2015
February 22, 2016
June 21, 2016

October 17, 2017
 

Management

Rob Gordon, President and CEO - rgordon@wpln.org - (615) 760-2002
Carl Pedersen, VP of Finance and Technology - carl@wpln.org - (615) 760-2003

Donna Robertson, VP of Development - donna@wpln.org - (615) 760-2021
Anita Bugg, VP of Content - anita@wpln.org - (615) 760-2031

FCC AND FINANCIAL REPORTS

FCC EEO REPORT
AUDITED FINANCIAL REPORT
IRS 990 REPORT

CPB ANNUAL FINANCIAL REPORT

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 - Health Care Desk   In 2017 we achieved our long-standing goal to create a health care desk at Nashville Public Radio. Nashville is one the leading health care centers in the United States, home of HCA, LifePoint Health and dozens of companies that deliver care and support the industry. Our board identified health care coverage as a critical community need, both to tell Nashville’s health care story to our citizens, but also to tell Nashville’s health care story to a national audience.

Podcasts have proven to be an effective means to address community issues, needs and interests and deliver in-depth, long form storytelling and analysis as well as shorter pieces for our airwaves. Because of this, we have invested heavily in the platform. Our various podcasts are described below, with an emphasis on community needs and issues.

The Promise is a limited-run series from Nashville Public Radio about life in public housing, located in the middle of a city on the rise. Reported from the James Cayce Homes, these are stories of a neighborhood in flux, a community defined by its struggles, and the growing divide threatening its very existence.

Neighbors show about what connects us. We tell surprising stories of the people we pass every day, showing that we have more in common than we might think.

In the Podcast Curious Nashville, our reporters answer listener questions about our city and region. Listeners get to decide which question we should investigate and answer in our next podcast episode. We also give shorter answers to some questions over WPLN-FM.

One of our first podcasts, Movers & Thinkers, is about why people do what they do. Our host, WPLN News Director Emily Siner, probes the minds of some of the most interesting innovators in Nashville and discuss their motivations, passions and challenges.

Versify   This podcast is a collaboration between WPLN and The Porch, a Nashville writer’s collective. Versify is a show where someone tells a story, and in a matter of minutes, that story becomes a poem. Each episode guides listeners through this journey. It can surprise or make you cry — and it proves that your life experiences are worthy of poetry.

The Tri-Star State is a weekly show that focuses on what’s happening in Tennessee politics each week. Nashville Public Radio statehouse reporter Chas Sisk breaks down what listeners need to know at the state capitol and beyond — in just a few minutes. Episodes released each Sunday. The Tri-Star State is offered free of charge to other public stations in Tennessee and Southern Kentucky.

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 - A partnership with “The Porch,” a Nashville writer’s collective has led to the podcast described above and represents something that is rather rare for us: a formal partnership governed by a written agreement.

We are also collaborating with a local independent producer, Jakob Lewis, to create the podcast “Neighbors” described above. Unlike free-lance reporters who may do stories for us on a regular or occasional basis, our agreement with Jakob is long term and includes giving him space in the building to do his work.

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 - We are exploring ways to measure impact but for the moment, our indicators of success are largely anecdotal. Improvement at our ability to measure impact is a priority of our board of directors and we’re looking for examples of public radio stations around the country who have developed solid metrics to measure impact, but tight now we cannot supply any.

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) , and any plans you have made to meet the needs of these audiences. If you regularly broadcast in a language other than English, please note the language broadcast.

Answer Question 4 -This question is best answered through specific examples of stories and features which focus on diverse audiences and the needs of marginalized communities.

Example #1 – Podcast and short piece that aired on WPLN-FM          

Emily Tan comes from generations of immigrants and refugees; she’s traveled the globe in pursuit of a family history fragmented by war. In a recent episode of the Podcast Versify, Emily spoke with poet Destiny Birdsong about her journey to reconnect with relatives both past and present. Listeners hear about Emily’s experiences abroad, her mother’s ongoing search for the siblings she lost while fleeing Cambodia, and Emily’s own search for a relationship with her older brother, who lives in the same city but might as well be on the other side of the world.

Example #2 – Piece that aired on WPLN-FM which ties music and the immigration issue together

Issues around immigration have been particularly prominent and polarizing over the last year. And ALIAS ensemble cofounder and former artistic director Zeneba Bowers says that the decision to stage a concert series celebrating the music of American immigrants was the direct result of the current political climate.  

Example #3 – Story that featured local man who was a “freedom rider” in the 1960’s

Rip Patton was arrested in 1961. That's when he and a group of other college students drove from Nashville to Alabama to join the Freedom Rides, where they boarded Greyhound busses and attempted to use white-only lunch counters and bathrooms throughout the South.

Example #4 – Story about Fisk, Nashville’s legacy HBCU institution

Nashville’s Fisk University has joined a national effort to double the number of minorities in leadership positions at art museums. Currently, only 16 percent of those jobs are held by minorities.

Example #5 Story about Nashville’s Kurdish community, the largest outside of the Middle East

A group of Nashville Kurds could be released from federal custody after spending nearly seven months in detention, after a judge in Michigan determined the government has not shown they're dangerous to the public or flight risks.

Example #6 – Story about local DACA recipients

For the first time, there is no Christmas tree adorning Veronica Zavaleta’s usually festive home. “Right now we are in limbo,” says Zavaleta. “I can’t even prepare for Christmas. I don’t have the Christmas spirit in me.” She pauses. Then adds, “I don’t want to set up my last Christmas tree.” She says it is too painful to imagine this could be the last holiday with her two teenage sons, whose work permits through DACA expire next year. 

Example #7 “The Promise”

As described in our answer to Question #1, “The Promise” represents a major investment on our part in content that focuses on the lives of those living in public housing during a period of upheaval and change.

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 just under 7% of Nashville Public Radio's operating budget but this money is critical, as it helps the station be more than just an NPR outlet by supporting the production of local programming that reflects the uniqueness of Nashville.

In short, CPB funding allows us to be a distinctively local, Nashville service. This is important, given that more and more information and entertainment choices available to our listeners do not originate from or reflect the community our listeners call their home.

DIVERSITY PROGRAM

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.

Diversity Results for April 1, 2017 to March 31, 2018

Supplemental Outreach Initiatives during this period were the following:

Establishment of Internship Program:  Two student interns worked in the News department during the summer one intern from the Chips Quinn Scholars Program for Diversity.  The two student interns were Vanderbilt University Students.

Training Programs for Station Personnel:   Marketing and development training for the general manager and development director at the PMDMC conference.  Membership training for three membership staff at PRDMC conference.  Membership department training on new membership database January 22 – 26, 2018.  The music director and station manager attended a music conference on best practices in music presentation and programming for classical music stations.  The content director and a news reporter attended a training meeting in on podcasting and best practices.

Established The Nashville Public Radio Diversity Fellowship Program:  Installed the first Fellow of the Diversity Fellowship program in August 2017.

Direct Recruiting:  Nashville Public Radio has increased its use of direct recruitment as a way to proactively attract diversity to the station. This primarily includes the use of LinkedIn to identify potential candidates affiliated with diverse associations and reaching out to them directly and encouraging them to apply for openings. 

Community Outreach:

Events or Programs with Educational Institutions relating to Broadcast Careers:
April 1, 2017 — WPLN State House Reporter speaks to Youth in Government group
April 9, 2017 — WPLN Enterprise Reporter talks to Lipscomb civics class
April 18, 2017 — WPLN Growth and Development Reporter talks to Medill journalism class
April 21, 2017 — WPLN News Director talks to TSU class
June 7, 2017 — WPLN HealthCare Reporter hosts KIPP students for three days
June 23, 2017 — WPLN Growth and Development Reporter interviewed for MTSU class project
August 22, 2017 — WPLN HealthCare Reporter hosts Vanderbilt media immersion students
September 20, 2017 — WPLN HealthCare Reporter hosts USN student Daniel Jacobs
September 20, 2017 — WPLN State House Reporter teaches at TSU three sections
October 30, 2017 — WPLN State House Reporter speaks to MTSU class of journalists for Maria DeVarenne
November 16, 2017 — WPLN Enterprise Reporter talks to Vanderbilt's Osher school
February 1, 2018 — WPLN Enterprise Reporter to Cumberland River Compact
February 22, 2018 — WPLN Enterprise Reporter to Vanderbilt's Osher school
February 26, 2018 — WPLN Growth and Development Reporter Skypes with Medill journalism class
March 2, 2018 — WPLN HealthCare Reporter hosts Lipscomb Academy station visit
March 13, 2018 — WPLN Growth and Development Reporter Skypes with MTSU advanced reporting class
March 22, 2018 — WPLN News Director talks to MTSU class 3-22-18

Event participation involving Community Leaders where WPLN staff presents Public Radio’s mission and the organization’s work:
April 23, 2017 — WPLN Enterprise Reporter presents the Podcast Versify at Global Education Center
April 25, 2017 — WPLN News Director live reading for NSA and Southern Word
August 14, 2017 — WPLN HealthCare Reporter speaks to VA conference
September 9, 2017 — WPLN HealthCare Reporter moderates panel at Religion Newswriters Association
September 13, 2017 — WPLN Host/Reporter speaks to Center for Nonprofit Management
November 3, 2017 — WPLN State House Reporter participates in investigative journalist panel for Leadership Nashville
November 3, 2017 — WPLN HealthCare Reporter participates in media panel for Leadership Nashville
December 7, 2017 — WPLN Host/Reporter speaks on WXNA Radio
January 1, 2018 — WPLN News Director participates at Lipscomb University radio show

Diversity Results 2016
 

Supplemental outreach initiatives during this period were as follows:

Establishment of Internship Program:
Four student interns worked in the News department during the summer.  One student from the University High School in Nashville, one Student from Boston College, one student from Vanderbilt University and one student from Lipscomb University. 

Training Programs for Station Personnel:
Marketing and development training for the general manager and development director at the PRDMC conference.  Membership training for newly hired membership manager.  Controller attended PMBA conference in Washington DC which included training related to HR and business and accounting job specific related seminars.

Station management training and review of EEO:
On March 9, 2016 a review of EEO standards and practices was conducted with station senior management.

Events or Programs with Educational Institutions relating to Broadcast Careers:
4/13/15 -  Emily Siner speaks to Broadcast Journalism class at Travecca Nazarene University
8/14/15  - Blake & Anita give a station tour and speak to a group from Vanderbilt Student Communications about radio journalism
9/17/15- Emily Siner spoke to the freshman photojournalism class at the University of Illinois and spoke to a newsroom leadership class for student editors and Illini media at the University of Illinois
9/18/15– Emily Siner makes presentation on podcasting at the Illinois Journalism Educator Association Conference – approximately 100 high school students in attendance
10/13/15 – Emily Siner discusses podcasting with students at Hume-Fogg High School
10/15/15 -  Tony Gonzales & Emily Siner present at the Tennessee High School Press Association
10/16/15 – Blake Farmer participated in a panel discussion for students at Abilene Christian University about “finding your first job.”|
11/10/15 -  Blake Farmer spoke to the MediaMasters class at Lipscomb University
12/30/15 – Blake Farmer provides job shadowing experience for high school student Sydney Glisson
1/11-28/16 – WPLN newsroom participates in Winterim  for Harpeth Hall junior Emily
2/16/16 -  Via skype, Emily Siner lectures about podcasts and journalism to students at the Campus Middle School For Girls in Urbana, Ill.
2/26/16 -  Tony Gonzalez lead training team at workshop for the Online News Association
2/27/16 – Tony Gonzalez teachers a journalism class for the Nashville writing collected, The Porch

Event participation involving Community Leaders where WPLN staff presents Public Radio’s mission and the organization’s work:
4/22/15 – Blake Farmer moderates a Mayoral Candidates Land & Water Forum organized by various Middle Tennessee environmental groups
6/17/15 – Nina Cardona participates in a panel discussion for Metro Arts Commission October event
6/22/15 – Blake Farmer moderates a panel on Nashville architecture at the Parthenon.
6/25/15 – Chas Sisk speaks to the McMinnville Rotary Club
8/7/15 -  Blake Farmer speaks to the League of Women Voters about results of August 6th Metro Elections
8/20/15 -  Blake Farmer moderates a run-off candidate forum for At-large Metro Council, organized by the Belmont-Hillsboro Neighbors, Inc.
9/10/15– Anita speaks to non-profit leaders at the Center for Non-profit Management about how to work with the media
9/26/15 – Tony Gonzalez served as a judge for the Neighborhood Resource Center’s 3rd Annual Neighborhood Celebration
9/29/15 – Blake Farmer discusses possible changes to Tennessee’s Open Records law on WTVF’s Morningline
11/5/15 – Tony Gonzalez participated in panel discussion for Leadership Nashville about new ways of story telling
11/5/15 -  Anita Bugg and Mack Linebaugh talk about today’s changing media landscape to a group called Life Long Learners at The Temple
1/15/16 – Chas Sisk appears on Inside Politics on WTVF-TV
3/2/16 – Emily Siner & Chas Sisk talk about news coverage with staff and attorneys at Bass, Berry and Sims law firm

Diversity Results 2015

Establishment of Internship Program:

Three student interns worked in the News department during the summer.  One student from Coffee County Tennessee high school,   one Indiana University, and one from Rollins College.

Training Programs for Station Personnel:
Marketing and development training for the general manager and development director at the PRDMC conference.  Membership training for newly hired membership manager. 

Station management training and review of EEO:
On January 7, 2015 a review of EEO standards and practices with department heads

Events or Programs with Educational Institutions relating to Broadcast Careers:
The Audio Production Class from Trevecca University toured the Nashville Public Radio studios on September 19, 2014 and participated in a presentation and question and answer session with the organizations technical manager, production manager and news director.The Vanderbilt University Media Immersion Program University toured the Nashville Public Radio studios on August 18, 2014 and participated in a presentation and question and answer session with the organizations technical manager and news director.

 

Diversity Results 2014

Establishment of Internship Program:

Three student interns worked in the News department during the summer.  Two were from the Vanderbilt Student Media Intern program, and one from the University of the South

Student Mentoring and Job Shadowing
A student from Harpeth Hall spent “Winterim”, three 40-hour weeks, January 6 to 24,  in the Nashville Public Radio Newsroom researching, interviewing, writing, and producing stories.  Three students from the University School job shadowed in the  Newsroom on February 28nd.   .

Training Programs for Station Personnel:
Marketing and development training for the general manager and development director at the PRDMC conference.  Membership training for newly hired membership manager. 

Station management training on EEO:
On March 28, a review of EEO standards and practices with department heads

Events or Programs with Educational Institutions relating to Broadcast Careers:
The News Director guest lectured to journalism students at Tennessee State University on November 26th  One February the News Director conducted an advanced workshop for radio news students at Tennessee State University

Events with Community Organization regarding Broadcast Careers:
Program director was a panelist at the Tennessee State University music on radio workshop on February 27, 2014.

OPEN MEETING NOTICES
Notices were broadcast on both WPLN-FM and WPLN-AM on the following dates unless otherwise noted.
01/25/15
02/22/15
03/22/15
04/19/15
06/14/15
07/19/15
08/16/15
09/20/15
10/4/15
10/11/15
Dec 18, 19, 20, 2015
Feb 26, 27, 28, 2016
Mar 4,5,6, 2016
June 24,25,26, 2016
July 1,2,3, 2016
July 22,23,24 2016 WPLN-AM
July 1,2,3,29,30,31 2016  WPLN-FM
Nov 25,26,27 2016 WPLN-AM
Dec 2,3,4, 2016 WPLN-FM
Jan 20,21,22 2017 WPLN-AM
March 3,4,5, 2017 WPLN-FM
April 21,22,23, 2017 WPLN-AM
June 2,3,4, 2017 WPLN-FM
July 21,22,23, 2017 WPLN-AM
July 28,29,30, 2017 WPLN-FM
Aug 13,14,15, 2017 WPLN-AM
October 13,14,15, 2017 WPLN-AM
December 29,30,31, 2017 WPLN-FM
February 23,24,25, 2018 WPLN-FM