CAB MINUTES: SEPTEMBER 2017
COMMUNITY BOARD MEETING MINUTES
Tuesday, September 11, 2017 at The Greene Space in downtown New York City
GUEST: Laura Walker, NYPR President and CEO
- Presentation from Laura Walker
- Q&A with Laura Walker
- Public Comment
- Community Advisory Board business
PRESENTATION FROM LAURA WALKER
We discussed the station’s mission last year and mandates going forward
NY Public Radio Goals for 2018
- Increase reach and make streaming more available through partnerships
- WQXR’s new head Shannon Connolly, Sr. VP and General Manager, Music, formerly of MTV, wants to bring classical music into the digital age and curate the experience
- Sustain financial health by increasing annual revenue
- Disrupt ourselves! “How do we become a convening force to promote the common good?”
- Impact more people — as local journalism is shrinking, how can NYPR fill the void?
○ Knowing that local journalism is down because of how cheap and easy it is to get news
○ Partner with other journalists and organizations
○ Become a multi-platform journalism service
Great products ahead
- The Werk It Festival for Women Podcasters
- Nancy, the winner of the podcast accelerator project (picked from 400 entries); WNYC Studios' LGBTQ-themed show about how we define ourselves and the journey we take to get there
- Stay Tuned with Preet is being developed with Preet Bharara, former US attorney, as he is now the EVP of Some Spider Studios
Q&A WITH LAURA WALKER
- How can WNYC cover Albany better?
- How does WNYC solicit the listener community in developing the digital agenda? Is WNYC projecting its own passion for politics onto the community? LW: stations haven’t done a blanket call-out for ideas. The station is asking how to get people interested in things they believe citizens need to know.
- How can the CAB be helpful, since the station already has a feedback mechanism? LW: Feel empowered to do your own research and relay the feedback.
- How will classical music reach new audiences? LW: The goal is for kids to be listening in their own environments. WQXR is developing content “packages” for teachers who may not know a lot about the music but gives enough information that they can connect it to their curriculum.
- What are distribution challenges? LW: The stations have to buy licenses to be heard terrestrially in areas without public radio
- Request for more difficult conversations about race, hearing things that might be uncomfortable but important
- The CAB needs to follow-up with the station re responding to member-of-the-public questions.
- Request for more environmental reporting and concern about LW’s mentioned sponsorship goals. The public speaker says there’s not enough transparency about how much money is coming in and that some of the sponsor companies are questionable and cited the pipeline company Williams.
- Suggestion to solicit public and CAB questions in advance of meetings
COMMUNITY BOARD BUSINESS:
- Minutes from March, April and May 2016 approved
- A call to solicit questions for the speaker in advance from Merwin Kinkade
- How do we keep guests engaged? Grace to develop outreach/engagement plan using CAB gmail and will continue creating Facebook event pages
- Confirming next meeting date
- Call to adjourn
NEXT MEETING DETAILS:
Wednesday, October 18, 2017
The Greene Space, 44 Charlton Street, New York (Google map)
CAB MEMBERS (ALPHABETICAL)
Adam Wasserman (excused)
Andrew S. Greene (excused)
Barbara Gerolimatos, Chair
David N. Sztyk (excused)
Grace Clarke, Vice-chair
Jacob Wojnas, Vice-chair
John Bacon (excused)
Lue Ann Eldar
Nancy Walcott, Vice-chair
Samantha "Sam" Pedreiro (excused)
Theodore Schweitzer (excused)
*italics = not present
Alex Murry, CAB Liaison
Mary White, BOT Liaison