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.

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
(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

Katy Varney (Chair)
William F. Carpenter, III (Vice-Chair)
James Gooch (Governance Committee Chair)
Rob Gordon (President)
Claire Gulmi (Finance Committee Chair)
Lauren Brisky
Beth Courtney
Samar Ali
Angela Humphreys
Andrew Kintz
Robert K. Oermann
Robert W. Wahl
Dwight Wiles
Pat Meadows
Samar Ali
Donna Eskind
Carol Kirshner
Paula Lovell
Betsy Wills
Don Williamson
Curt Thorne
Elissa Kim
Alice Rolli
Richard Abramson
 

 

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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

Community Advisory Group

Oliver Barry
Javier Cisneros
Drew Dunlop
Tod
Fryling
Peter Kadetsky
Dustin Keller
Carol
Kirshner
Yasin Kokoye
Meredith Libbey
Elizabeth Merritt
Gordon Moffat
Jeanne
Naujeck
Phil Newman
Peri duGard Owens
Ryan Richards
Bill Schwartz

Divya Shroff
John Triggs

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, 2016

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
July 22, 2015
October 19, 2015
January 19, 2016
June 14, 2016
January 18, 2017

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
May 19, 2015

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

 

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 - 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,  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.

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 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) , 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 -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.

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 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 WPLN-FM on the following dates
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 29,20,31, 2016