Covering the period from July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020
Covering the period from July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020
Louisville Public Media informs, inspires and empowers through independent news, music, education and experiences that reflect our diverse community.
We will be the trusted, independent voice for the curious and engaged citizens of our diverse community and beyond.
* Copyright © 2020 The Nielsen Company. Nielsen Radio Summary Data Spring 2020; LOUISVILLE; Metro; Monday-Sunday 5A-5A; Persons 12+
89.3 WFPL News Louisville is an independent, nonpartisan daily news outlet that reports on our city, state and region without fear or favor. We carry out fact-based reporting that’s free from political and corporate influence. We are Louisville’s NPR affiliate that produces and distributes daily journalism via broadcast, digital audio and online media.
90.5 WUOL Classical Louisville gives life to our city’s cultural community. With 24/7 classical music and fine arts features, interviews and event listings, we offer a unique local connection. We champion area artists and cultural institutions, and we offer an escape from our raucous world with music that feeds the soul and expertise that illuminates the art.
91.9 WFPK Independent Louisville is our region’s award-winning hub for independent, alternative music and American gems like jazz and bluegrass. We introduce you to significant new music, connect you to Louisville’s best and play your long-time favorites for an eclectic mix. And we bring our community together with regular concerts and events, such as WFPK Waterfront Wednesday. In 2019, we had another great Waterfront Wednesday season, but we sadly had to cancel the 2020 season because of the pandemic.
The Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting is a nonprofit, nonpartisan newsroom that produces investigative journalism that impacts you, your neighborhood and your Commonwealth. Our mission is to protect society’s most vulnerable citizens, expose wrongdoing in the public and private sectors, increase transparency in government and hold leaders accountable.
The Ohio Valley ReSource is a regional journalism collaborative reporting on economic and social change in Kentucky, Ohio and West Virginia. With support from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, seven public media outlets across the three states partner to form the ReSource to strengthen news coverage of the area’s most important issues, including the economy, energy, environment, food, health and infrastructure.
Louisville Public Media acquired Do502 in 2017 and expanded the site into a community-wide calendar and events service. Additions to the site included a dedicated section for families and a set of guides to the city that are as fun as they are useful. In 2020, LPM sold Do502 to its parent company, DoStuff Media.
~ Thomas Berfield
Our second annual WFPK Mental Health Day in October 2019 featured experts and advocates to help us support those who are living with mental illness and to remove the stigma around discussing mental health. When quarantine and social distancing went into effect, we made Mental Health Day a weekly, all-request event to help us all feel more connected. Listeners called with requests, stories to lift each other up and supportive messages to loved ones.
89.3 WFPL released “Here Today,” a podcast that takes a closer look at west Louisville. Hosts Amina Elahi and Jonese Franklin connected historical context with present-day developments by documenting how changes in Louisville’s West End affect the people who call it home, and how these changes are tied to every Louisville neighborhood.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, 90.5 WUOL created “In This Together“, a show to help bring us a little closer with music and conversation in a time when we need to be apart. Hosted by Daniel Gilliam and the Louisville Orchestra’s Teddy Abrams, the show featured conversations and performances with a variety of notable figures and musicians broadcast live on WUOL and streamed on Facebook Live.
KyCIR premiered a new podcast series, “Dig.” Each season takes a deep dive into a different investigation. The first season, “Prosecution Declined,” took a yearlong look at how rape cases are investigated and prosecuted in Louisville, and found nearly half of them reported to LMPD are cleared by “exception,” rather than by arrest. In the wake of the investigation, LMPD was asked to testify before Metro Council’s Public Safety Committee, and they announced new trainings and procedure changes. “Prosecution Declined” won a national IRE award.
The Ohio Valley ReSource joined the America Amplified: Election 2020 initiative, a collaboration of eight public media networks formed to learn from and engage with the communities they serve. OVR’s America Amplified stories have covered regional hospital closures and Appalachian community food distribution programs during a pandemic, and a teenager leading her community’s conversations around race in Letcher County, Kentucky.
Seasons two and three of 90.5 WUOL’s music education podcast, “The Music Box” were released this year. Season two, hosted by Jecorey Arthur, was chosen for PRX’s Catapult program, and we created a curriculum that connected musical concepts to national core arts standards. We designed season three, hosted by Faith Murphy, for classrooms and families to learn music together, and we provided a vital resource to families at home during quarantine. Seasons two and three were produced by Tara Anderson.
91.9 WFPK launched WFPK Music News, a new web video series hosted by Mel Fisher and Otis Junior. A news update for curious music lovers, the show gives listeners and viewers a link to their favorite musicians’ new album releases, anniversaries and what’s going on in the music world. WFPK Music News also reports on obstacles artists are facing and celebrates the creative ways they’re connecting with audiences.
When the COVID-19 quarantine began, 91.9 WFPK collected videos from local musicians to create the Louisville Music COVIDiary. Artists sent videos of new songs, old favorites or other performances documenting social isolation, how they were making ends meet and what was helping them get through the pandemic.
89.3 WFPL has been an invaluable resource covering the COVID-19 outbreak. We created a live blog to keep the community updated with the latest coronavirus numbers and stories as they happened and a dedicated Facebook group for the community to discuss the pandemic with WFPL editors, reporters and each other. Our Local COVID-19 Tracker Project lets you select your county and see the most recent coronavirus-related cases and deaths. We also live-tweet Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear’s updates and continue our extensive coverage about how COVID-19 affects our community.
OVR reporters broke last year’s story on the Blackjewel miners who blocked a coal train in eastern Kentucky to protest not receiving owed wages after the company filed for bankruptcy. They provided history and nuance as the story progressed, leading to OVR reporter Sydney Boles publishing a story on the conflict in Rolling Stone.
In the fall, we welcomed NPR’s Kelly McEvers and her team from “Embedded.” They did a deep dive into the life, work and legacy of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, and LPM moderated a panel about their findings with special guests Al Cross and Scott Jennings, as well as Kentucky Public Radio Capitol Reporter Ryland Barton. This special live conversation about what they found in their reporting and how they got there placed McConnell’s local story into a national context.
We partnered with The American Assembly at Columbia University to conduct “The Next Louisville: Civic Assembly,” a community-driven virtual and in-person initiative for us to explore the issues that matter most in Louisville and identify potential solutions. We asked, “What do you believe should change in Louisville to make it a better place to live, work and spend time?” and hosted a virtual town hall to collect answers. We planned five community conversations to discuss the results, but we had to cancel four because of COVID-19. Though we plan to continue these conversations later, “Civic Assembly” results continue to guide our coverage.
In the summer of 2020, 90.5 WUOL broadcasted performances from the Louisville Orchestra’s 2018-19 and 2019-20 seasons. The performances included Teddy Abrams conducting “Bernstein at 100,” Leonard Slatkin conducting Elgar, the orchestra’s collaboration with the Kentucky College of Art and Design, Rachel Grimes’ The Way Forth, Beethoven’s monumental Symphony No. 9, and Teddy Abrams’ The Song of the River. During a time of social distancing, these performances helped keep us connected by bringing live concerts into our homes.
LPM celebrated the first-ever Public Radio Music Day in April. Hosted by the noncomMUSIC Alliance, Public Radio Music Day is a nationwide celebration that unites public radio music stations, fans, artists and more to celebrate the special role of noncommercial stations in the music world. WFPK broadcast exclusive performances online and on-air, including Louisville’s own Jim James and Houndmouth, as well as Brent Cobb, Patterson Hood of Drive-By Truckers and Zach Williams from The Lone Bellow. WUOL shared special videos from Ben Sollee, NouLou Chamber Players, Rachel Grimes, Bourbon Baroque and members of the Louisville Orchestra.
Our newsrooms are covering protests for racial justice across the community and region. They’ve been live-tweeting the protests as they happen, keeping us informed of the investigations on the killings of Breonna Taylor and David McAtee, and providing important context as calls for police reform and addressing systemic racism continue.
The Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting released several stories that prompted changes, including: the examination of how public nuisance charges are used; reporting about dams in the state with high-hazard deficiencies and subsequent fixes; and a look into the lack of sexual assault nurses in Kentucky hospitals.
Cincinnati-based ensemble All of the Above and Louisville’s A/Tonal performed for the last two “New Lens” concerts of 2019. The inaugural season at 21c Museum Hotel drew more than 200 people to four concerts and two conversations during 2019. These broadcasts were also streamed live on Facebook, garnering almost 6,000 views at the time of the publication of this report.
WFPK debuted new show “Kyle Meredith With…,” highlighting music news, new music, featured guests and anniversary spins. Kyle spoke with a huge range of guests in the show’s first year: Jim James about the new My Morning Jacket record, Edward Norton about the soundtrack to his movie “Motherless Brooklyn,” Alice Cooper about his latest record and the history of Detroit punk, Kim Gordon about her first solo record, and many more.
WFPK Waterfront Wednesday welcomed thousands of music lovers and a great variety of bands including The War and Treaty, John Paul White and Josh Ritter during the latter half of its 2019 season. Before the show, folks could check out the new Waterfront Wednesday Happy Hour or 90.5 WUOL’s Classical Corner that provided hands-on activities for creating music with family and friends.
Louisville Public Media launched “Behind the Curtain,” a new program that provides unique access to arts and culture experiences for LPM members. During the year, our members received access to intimate tours of the Ebony G. Patterson exhibit at the Speed Art Museum and Picasso at KMAC, behind-the-scenes previews of “A Christmas Carol” at Actors Theatre and “The Band’s Visit” at the Kentucky Center, and a hard-hat tour of the new Lynn Family Stadium.
In the summer and fall, LPM visited community events to learn more about the interests of our neighbors. Our goals were simple: listen to our community, connect with people and neighborhoods outside of our core audience, and provide us with opportunities to engage directly with and learn from people from all parts of our community. We visited events throughout the city and spoke with people from 50 different ZIP codes.
~ Devin Burke
Edward R. Murrow Award
The Edward R. Murrow Awards honor outstanding achievements in electronic journalism.
Investigative Reporters and Editors
The country’s top investigative journalism association honors the best work in the nation.
Kentucky Associated Press Broadcasters
Louisville Public Media’s news teams took home six first-place awards, including an award for Overall Excellence, which included submissions from everyone in the newsroom.
Other first-place awards included:
Green Eyeshade Award
The Society of Professional Journalists’ annual Green Eyeshade Awards honor the best online, radio, print and television journalism in the southeastern United States.
Public Media Journalists Association Awards
~ Mary Cheatham
Total Revenue: $6,471,439
Total Expenses: $6,752,292
Ending Net Assets: $9,203,276
~ Lee Farris
Eric Carrig, Chair
Abby Shue, Secretary/Treasurer
Gail R. Becker
José Neil Donis
Linda Sorenson Ewald
Nat Irvin II
John La Barbera
Holly Weyler McKnight
Andrew J. Simon
~ Kimberly Bihl
Marie Dever, Chair
Kenisha Thompson, Vice Chair
Brian Martin/P. Kimé Lê, Secretary
Mary Ellen Harned
~ Angela Magnuson
Ashleé Clark, Digital Director
Stephen George, President and General Manager
Daniel Gilliam, Director of Radio
Ellen Oost, Director of Development
Stacy Owen, Program Director, WFPK
Erica Peterson, Director of News & Programming
Kirsten Pfalzgraf, Director of Engagement
Gray Smith, Director of Advancement & Corporate Support
Charles Spivey, Chief Technology Officer
Dennis Stovall, Chief Financial Officer
Graham Ambrose, Investigative Reporter
Ryland Barton, Capitol Bureau Chief
Jared Bennett, Investigative Reporter
John Boyle, Health/Southern Indiana Reporter
Bill Burton, Host, Morning Edition
Jess Clark, Education and Learning Reporter
R.G. Dunlop, Investigative Reporter
Michael Edgerly, Managing Editor
Amina Elahi, City Reporter
Laura Ellis, Podcast Editor
Ron Fisher, Host
Jill Fox, Host
Jonese Franklin, News Editor
Lisa Gillespie, Health Reporter
Kate Howard, Managing Editor, KyCIR
Rick Howlett, Broadcast Editor, Host
Kyeland Jackson, Associate Producer
Alexandra Kanik, Data Journalist
Eleanor Klibanoff, Investigative Reporter
Caitlin McGlade, Investigative Reporter
Jacob Ryan, Investigative Reporter
Liz Schlemmer, Education Reporter
Michelle Tyrene Johnson, Associate Producer
Ryan Van Velzer, Environment Reporter
Jean West, Host, All Things Considered
Stephanie Wolf, Arts Reporter
Jeff Young, Managing Editor, OVR
Tara Anderson, Music Box Producer
Jecorey Arthur, Music Education Manager
Alan Brandt, Host
Kyle Meredith, Music Director
Duke Meyer, Host
Laura Shine, Assistant Program Director
John Timmons, Host
Alex Bell, Aaron Chadwell & Sam Sneed
Big Howell & Possum
JPB & JP Source
Sir Microcosm (Dave Givan)
Woodrow on the Radio
JP Hill, Promotion & Sales Strategist
Meg Samples, Associate Producer, WFPK Host
Debbie Clauson, Account Specialist
Lia J. Murphy, People Operations Manager
J. Tyler Franklin, Visual Media Producer
Robert Johnson, Producer
Eric Matthews, Broadcast Engineer
Kojin Tashiro, Associate Producer
Russell Wells, Technical Operations Manager
Brad Yost, Producer
Rachel Firkins, Membership & Volunteer Coordinator
Dexter Horne, Development Associate
Briana Kinkead, Sustainer Membership Coordinator
Kelly Wilkinson, Membership Manager
Tajah McQueen, Events Coordinator
Rachel Raphael, Engagement Coordinator
Randy Cook, Jr., Corporate Sponsorship Representative
Mindy Fulner, Designer
Jennifer Goodman, Traffic Manager
John Grantz, Senior Corporate Marketing Representative
Tracy Karem, Corporate Marketing Representative
Bryan McFarland, KPRN Corporate Marketing Representative
Scott Stephens, Corporate Marketing Representative
Fiscal Year: July 1, 2019 – June 30, 2020.
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~ Richard Lewine and Alison Sommers