As I prepare to share our annual report for Fiscal Year 2016 (July 1, 2015-June 30, 2016) with you, I would like to take a moment to reflect on a milestone in my career as CEO and General Manager of New England Public Radio. In October 2015, I celebrated 20 years at the helm of the region’s premiere public radio station.
Much has changed since I arrived at the station in 1995. NEPR’s audience has grown from 125,000 to over 166,000 weekly listeners. Its annual budget, raised in community support from listeners and corporate underwriting, has grown almost fourfold to $3.9 million. Twenty years ago WFCR broadcast on a single frequency, 88.5FM. Today, New England Public Radio, which includes the NEPR News Network, can be heard on 12 frequencies throughout the region, including two HD channels, and streaming at NEPR.net. In October of 2014, the NEPR staff officially moved into our new headquarters in downtown Springfield. This fall, we completed the ambitious 50th Anniversary Capital Campaign for WFCR and re-opened studios at the newly named Five College Studios at UMass Amherst.
NEPR reporters, news staff, music hosts and a bevy of interns from around the region come to work each day committed to making their best work for you. We are delivering content on new platforms with a stable of new podcasts, producing award-winning reporting and exciting event series’ up and down the valley. We’ve launched the first phase of an ambitious community engagement plan with Media Lab, our training and mentorship program for youth interested in media and reporting. And we are looking forward to what’s next.
I am proud of the work New England Public Radio does every day. We are here to report on the stories that are important to our community, to give a voice to the people through interviews, our commentary series, and programs like Media Lab. We are here to present you with beautiful music, and to inspire you with everything from the big stories from around the world, to a profile of a local author, or a story shared for the first time on our Valley Voices stage.
Thank you for your continued and generous support of New England Public Radio.
CEO and General Manager
New England Public Radio
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