Impact 2021


Covering the period from July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021

A Note From LPM’s President

Dear Friends,

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Stephen George, President, Louisville Public Media

Stephen George
Louisville Public Media

Inform. Inspire. Empower. Everyone.


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.


Monthly Broadcast Listeners


Unique Monthly Web Visitors


Monthly Stream Listeners


Social Media Followers


Monthly Podcast Downloads


LPM Hosted Events


LPM Stories Carried Nationally


Musical Instruments Donated


* Copyright © 2020 The Nielsen Company. Nielsen Radio Summary Data Spring 2020; LOUISVILLE; Metro; Monday-Sunday 5A-5A; Persons 12+

Louisville Public Media WFPL

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.

Louisville Public Media WUOL

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.

Louisville Public Media WFPK

WFPK is our region’s award-winning hub for independent, adult alternative music and American gems like jazz and bluegrass. We introduce you to significant new music, connects you to Louisville’s best and plays your long-time favorites for an eclectic mix that can’t be heard anywhere else.

Louisville Public Media KyCIR

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.

Louisville Public Media Ohio Valley ReSource

The Ohio Valley ReSource is a regional journalism collaborative reporting on economic and social change in Kentucky, Ohio and West Virginia. 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.


“The combined experiences enabled by all three of these public radio stations are easily one of the best aspects of living in Louisville. I appreciate the intros to great new musicians and concerts. Thanks to KyCIR for keeping our public organizations honest, the soothing sounds of classical, and all the interesting programming. “

~ Thomas Berfield

WFPK Waterfront Wednesday

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.

Behind the Curtain

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.

LPM Listens

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.


“Louisville’s public radio stations provide the soundtrack, the news, and the water cooler conversation for much of my day, every day. I’m so grateful for all the work that goes into keeping them on the air!”

~ Devin Burke

91.9 WFPK

Best Local Radio Station

91.9 WFPK was recognized as “Best Local Radio Station” in the 2019 LEO Readers’ Choice Awards


Best Local Website was recognized as “Best Local Website” in the 2019 LEO Readers’ Choice Awards

89.3 WFPL, KyCIR & OVR

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

SPJ Louisville

Two first-place awards:

  • Amina Elahi, Jonese Franklin and Laura Ellis in the Metro Louisville Best Short-Run Podcast category for “Here Today
  • Ryan Van Velzer in the Metro Louisville Environmental Reporting category for “Unequal,” a series on Louisville’s toxic air pollution


Fiscal Year: July 1, 2019 – June 30, 2020

“I have always relied on public radio for accurate, timely, and professional news reporting. I especially depend upon public radio in this unprecedented time in world history. Thank you!”

~ Mary Cheatham


  • Members
  • Business Sponsors
  • Grants
  • Federal Funding
  • Other


  • Programming & Operations
  • Fundraising
  • Management & Administration

Total Revenue: $6,471,439

Total Expenses: $6,752,292

Ending Net Assets: $9,203,276


  • Total Members
  • Sustainers


Fiscal Year: July 1, 2019 – June 30, 2020

“I have been delighted by the vibrant arts and music scene in Louisville. Thank you, WUOL, for contributing so much to this culture. Fantastic programming keeps WUOL the only station on my radio!”

~ Lee Farris

Eric Carrig, Chair
Abby Shue
, Secretary/Treasurer
Tyler Allen
Gail R. Becker
Ellen Call
Ann Coffey

José Neil Donis

Linda Sorenson Ewald
Ankur Gopal
Brenda Hart
Nat Irvin II
John La Barbera
Heather McHold
Holly Weyler McKnight

Susan Moss
Keith Runyon
Andrew J. Simon
Wendy Sirchio
Peter Wayne


“Thank you for providing Louisville with an amazing listening experience as well as community support through events, mental health day, and bringing awareness to other social issues your members face. Your content is both refreshing and enriching. Thank you so much for your service to our community.”

~ Kimberly Bihl

Marie Dever, Chair
Kenisha Thompson
, Vice Chair
Brian Martin/P. Kimé Lê
, Secretary
Jose Aponte
Mac Brown
Kate Caufield
Bill Coleman
Marcelline Coots
Yodit Dori
J.J. Duling

Scott Estes
Yalonda Green
Eric Gurevich
Mary Ellen Harned
Beth Howard
Edgardo Mansilla
Mazen Masri
Pam Michael
William Morrow
Donna Peak

Kayla Phelps
Todd Read
Alex Simon
Annette Skaggs
Jessica Stavros
Natalie Stelzer
Ellis Tarver
Melanie Veneracion-Parker
Laura Warren
LaToya Whitlock


“Louisville is a large city, and the WFPL newsroom helps to knit our community together. I listen so that I can learn about issues that do not directly reflect my daily experience. I also value the expanded regional coverage of shared environmental issues. Thank you for your commitment to excellence.”

~ 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
Matt Anthony
Alex Bell, Aaron Chadwell & Sam Sneed
Aaron Bibelhauser
Big Howell & Possum

Mel Fisher
Benny Harris
JPB & JP Source
Otis Junior
John LaBarbera
Bob Mitchell
Mark Murdock

Danny O’Bryan
Sheryl Rouse
Sir Microcosm (Dave Givan)
Dick Sisto
Woodrow on the Radio
Michael Young

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, 2020 – June 30, 2021

“KyCIR is an extremely important asset to the state and nation. Honesty, integrity, and evidence-based reporting are essential values for society; without them we disintegrate. Thank you, KyCIR, for your role in our lives.”

~ Richard Lewine and Alison Sommers





Business Sponsors




More than 90 percent of our funding comes from the local community. Click below to see a list of partners and business sponsors who made our work possible last year. Special thanks to the local, regional and national foundations who support Louisville Public Media, and especially to the 13,000+ members who invest in our success each year.

21c Museum Hotel
Academy of Music Production Education and Development
Actors Theatre
Al Dia En America
American Assembly
Americana Community Center
Boys and Girls Club of Ky and Indiana
Bright Horizons
Carnegie Center for Art and History
Commonwealth Theatre Company
Community Foundation of Louisville

Consequence of Sound (national)
Endless Riff (national)
Hungry for Music
KMEA (Kentucky Music Educator’s Association)
Kentuckiana Association of Musicians and Singers
Kentucky Humane Society
Kentucky Performing Arts
Kentucky Shakespeare

Louisville City FC
Louisville Free Public Library
Louisville Orchestra
Metro Parks and Recreation
Miles ahead Music
Norton Children’s Hospital
Speed Museum
U of L School of Music
U of L Envirome Institute
Waterfront Development Corporation
Waterfront Botanical Gardens

21c Museum Hotel
21st Century Parks
40 East Boutique
4th Street Live
502 Power Yoga
A Float on the Ohio
A.N. Roth
AC Entertainment
Actors Theatre Direct
AEG Live
AEG Presents
AEG/Messina Group
Air Pollution Control District
Al J. Schneider Co.
Alliance Francaise de Louisville
Angel’s Envy
Antiques at Distillery Commons
Apex Entertainment
Archdiocese of Louisville
Arts Association of Oldham County
AT&T Kentucky
B3 Events
Baird/Hilliard Lyons
Baptist Health
Bargain Supply Co.
Barr Farms
Barrel Roll
Bats Baseball
Baxter’s Corner
BC Plumbing
Beaded Treasures Project
Bear and the Jack
Beards & Beers
Beaver Productions
Belknap Fall Fest
Bellarmine University
Belle Of Louisville
Benefits Advisor Specialist
Bernheim Forest
Better Business Bureau
Big Four Arts Festival
Bike Together
Bliss Home Furniture
Bloomington Boogies
Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame & Museum
Bourbon & Beyond
Bourbon Baroque, Inc.
Brasserie Provence
Bridgehaven Mental Health Services
Bristol Bar & Grille
Broadway Across America
Brown Forman Community Relations
Brownsboro Dermatology
Brownsboro Hardware and Paint
Bryan Armstrong
Bulleit Distilling Co.
CASA of the River Region
Calvary Episcopal Church
Capacity Care
Carnegie Center for Art & History
Catholic Charities
Cave Hill Cemetery
Cave Hill Heritage Foundation
CBD Hemp Oil KY
Cedar Ridge Camp & Retreat
Center for Gifted Studies
Center for Interfaith Relations
Center for Neighborhoods
Center For NonProfit Excellence
Center for Women/Families
Central Bank
Centre College
Centric Consulting
Chamber Music Society of Louisville
Cheesus Christ
Christ Church United Methodist
Clark Memorial Health
Clayton & Crume
Coalition For the Homeless
Come Back Inn
Commonwealth Theatre
Community Foundation
Concordia Lutheran Church
Cooking at the Cottage
Copper & Kings
Cox’s Smokers Outlet & Spirit Shoppe
Cullinan Associates
Cunningham Door & Window
D. Scott Neal, Inc.
Dages Hikes Point Paint and Wall Paper
Dairy Kastle
Daniel Fabulic Insurance Agency
Dare to Care Food Bank
Dentons Bingham Greenbaum
Derby City Vet
Derby Dinner
Derby Dinner (TRADE)
Diane and Pete Kirven, Realtors
Dragon King’s Daughter
Dupree & Company
Earth & Spirit Center
East & Westbrook Construction
El Mundo
Episcopal Church Home
Eve Theatre Company
Every Commute Counts
Expedia Cruise Ship Centers Louisville
Eye Care Institute
Facilities Management Services
Family Health Centers
Fat Lamb
Festivals Unlimited, LLC
Filson Historical Society
Flea Off Market
Fleur de Flea
Floyd County Brewing Co.
Floyd County Library
Floyd Street Stock Exchange

Food Literacy Project
Forecastle Festival
Four Roses
Foxhollow Farms
Frazier History Museum
Fringe Fest
Garage Bar
Garvin Gate Blues
Gatton College of Business & Economics
GE Appliances
Goodwill Industries of Kentucky
Grateville Dead
Gravely Brewery
Greenhaven Tree Care
Half Price Books
Hanover College
Headliner’s Music Hall
Heartsong Memory Care
Heine Brothers’ Coffee
Henderson Music Company
Highland Baptist Church
Highland Cleaners
Highland Commerce Guild
Highland Community Ministries
Highland Presbyterian Church
Holiday Pottery Sale
Hometown Rising
Hosparus Health
Interfaith Paths to Peace
Isenberg Spray Foam
IU Jacobs School of Music
Jane Austen Festival
JCPS – YPAS Choir & Orchestra
Jefferson County Public Schools
Jefferson Family Recovery Court
Jefferson Memorial Forest
Jeffersonville Main Street Inc.
Jewish Family & Career Services
Jugband Jubilee
Just Creations
Ken Comb’s Running Store
Kentuckiana Blues Society
Kentuckiana Works
Kentucky Author Forum
Kentucky Cabinet for Health & Family Services
Kentucky Community and Technical Colleges
Kentucky Derby Museum
Kentucky Fish & Wildlife Resources
Kentucky Kingdom
Kentucky Lottery Corp.
Kentucky Museum of Art & Craft
Kentucky Public Service Commission
Kentucky Refugee Ministries
Kentucky Science Center
Kentucky Select Properties
Kentucky Shakespeare
Kentucky to the World
Kiel Thomson Company
Kindred Folk Society
Kindred Healthcare
Kosair Charities
Kentucky Aviation Association
Kentucky Humane Society
Kentucky Opera
Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates
LG&E and KU Services Co.
La Suerte
La Vie en Rose Eye Care Specialists
Lady Bear Resale Boutique
Landline Presents
Leadership Louisville Center
Learning RX
LEO Weekly
Limbwalker Tree Service
Live Nation
Locust Grove
Look Alive
Louder Than Life
Louisville ADHD
Louisville Beer Week
Louisville Chorus
Louisville City Football Club
Louisville Classical Academy
Louisville Cotillion, LLC
Louisville Folk School
Louisville Independent Business Alliance
Louisville Leopards Percussionists
Louisville Magazine
Louisville Maker Faire
Louisville Master Chorale
Louisville Orchestra
Louisville Palace
Louisville Parks Foundation
Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary
Louisville Salt Cave
Louisville Tourism
Louisville Visual Art
Louisville Youth Orchestra
Madison Performing Arts Foundation
Marshall Family Foundation
Masonic Homes of Kentucky
Master Musicians Festival
Masterson’s Catering
Matt Anthony’s Record Shop
Mercedes-Benz of Louisville
Mercury Ballroom
Merkley-Kendrick Jewelers
Merridian Home Furnishing
Metro Office of Mayor Events
Metro United Way
Miller’s Fancy Bath & Kitchen
Miracle on Market
Mission Data
Montessori School of Louisville
Mount Saint Francis
Mountjoy Chilton Medley
Mperfect Design

Muhammad Ali Center
National Shows 2
National Stem Cell Foundation
Nearly New Shop
Neil Huffman Subaru
Ntaba Coffee Haus
NUCOR Republic Conduit
Objective Results
Old Forester
Old Louisville Neighborhood Council
Olmsted Parks Conservancy
Organic Association of Kentucky
Outback Concerts
Pandora Productions
Parkside Bikes
Participant Media
Passport Health Plan
PFLAG Louisville
Play Dance Bar
Please and Thank You
PNC Foundation
Portage House
Portland Now, Inc.
Production Simple
Quest Outdoors
Rabbouni Catholic Community
Railbird Festival
Rainbow Blossom
Reach Evaluation
Red Bull North America
Riverside Farnsley-Moremen Landing, Inc.
Rootbound Farm
Rudy Green, Inc.
Russian Ballet Theatre/Voice Art Group
Sacred Heart Schools
Sassy Fox
Shred 415
Sister Dragonfly
Sleep Health Center
Software Guild/Learning House
Southern Crossings Pottery Festival
Sowers of Justice
Spalding University
Speed Art Museum
Spiritual Assembly of the Baha’is of Louisville, Kentucky
St. Agnes Church
St. Francis in the Fields
St. Francis School
St. George’s Scholar Institute
St. James Court Art Show
St. Matthews Episcopal Church
St. Meinrad
St. Vincent de Paul
St. William Church
Stage One
Steilberg String Instruments
Stella & Dot
Stites and Harbison
Suntime Pools West
Tailspin Ale Fest
TCS Projects, LLC
The Bard’s Town Theatre
The Door Store
The Irish Rover
The Irish Tenors
The Kentucky Center
The Louisville Ballet
The Louisville Zoo
The Pine Room
Theatre 502
TheraPLACE Learning Center
Thomas Jefferson Unitarian Church
TMS Therapy of Louisville
Transylvania University
Trinity High School
Trouble Bar
Two Men & A Truck
U of L Anne Braden Institute for Social Justice
U of L Brandeis School of Law
U of L Community Relations
U of L Health
U of L Health Trager Institute
U of L Office of Communication & Marketing
U of L School of Public Health & Info Sciences
University of Alabama
University of Kentucky College of Engineering
University of Louisville
University of Louisville Arts & Sciences
University of Louisville Department of Psychiatry
University of Louisville School of Music
Uptown Cafe
Vacuum Authority
Venardos Circus
Via Studio
Violins of Hope Louisville
Virginia Chance School
Visit Madison, Inc.
Volunteers of America
Voss Events
Walden School
Wallitsch Garden Center
Waterfront Botanical Gardens
Waterfront Development Corp
Watrous Associates Architects
White Lodging
Willett Distillery
Wilson & Muir Bank & Trust
Wiltshire Pantry
World Affairs Council of Kentucky & Southern Indiana
Yep Roc Records
Yew Dell Gardens


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