WMUK Announces New Programming, Classical FM Service Launch

Public Media Company congratulates General Manager Stephen Williams of WMUK at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan, on completing a very important transition! Stephen Williams identified an opportunity to acquire a non-commercial FM signal, enabling WMUK to move from a mixed news/classical format to two services – one all news, and the other serving classical listeners in the region. Public Media Company worked to create

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Are Public Radio & TV Station Revenue Trends Really That Different?

Our October blog post explored how public radio revenue is now higher than public television revenue thanks to significant radio growth over the past decade. The post also highlighted great disparities between radio stations of different sizes – big growth for large stations and revenue declines for small stations. The variation by station size is also very evident in public television. Small TV stations (those

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Public Media Company’s Webinar Series: Financial Oversight for General Managers

Public media leaders may not have a financial background, but they are charged with overseeing the health of a critical local media organization in flush times…and not so flush times. How do you make sure that your station is operating on strong financial footing regardless of the economic climate? Get an overview during our upcoming webinar on best practice financial management for station general managers.

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Public Radio Overtakes Public TV

While both public radio and television revenue have grown in recent years, radio’s higher growth rate has led to public radio revenue overtaking public TV’s revenue for the first time ever (based on Non-federal Financial Support (NFFS) data from CPB). It is easy to see why when you compare the revenue growth rates of public radio stations with public television stations since 2008. Public radio

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WLVT Adds Radio Signal to Its News Initiative for Pennsylvania’s Lehigh Valley

Public Media Company advised WLVT/PBS39 on this exciting move into radio. From Current: Lehigh Valley Public Media, which operates WLVT-TV in Bethlehem, Pa., is expanding into radio news through a management agreement to take over WLVR-FM, a student-programmed station owned by Lehigh University. The deal will create the first full-time public radio news and talk station to be based in the Lehigh Valley. An hour

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Public Media Company Names Erin Moran President

Public Media Company is pleased to announce Erin Moran as its next President. Erin Moran has a long history at Public Media Company, joining the nonprofit strategic advisory firm in 2002 as the principal advisor on financial matters. She has served as interim President since April 2019, when Public Media Company announced that co-Founder and CEO, Marc Hand, was leaving to run the Public Media

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Texas Public Radio Stations and NPR Launch Collaborative Statewide Newsroom

The four largest public radio stations in Texas – KERA-Dallas; KUT-Austin; Houston Public Media, and Texas Public Radio in San Antonio are the first stations in the U.S. to launch a collaborative statewide newsroom in conjunction with NPR. Public Media Company helped the founding stations work with NPR to develop a business plan to ensure long-term sustainability of this state-wide reporting organization in Texas. “Public

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NSPR Eyes Regional Public Radio Partnership to Enhance Reporting, Coverage

NSPR and CapRadio have Hired Public Media Company to Advise on a Partnership. In support of its commitment to expand local journalism and tell more of Northern California’s stories, North State Public Radio (NSPR) is studying a potential partnership with Capital Public Radio (CapRadio) in Sacramento. Together, NSPR and CapRadio are evaluating opportunities with the goal of strengthening mission-based public radio services provided to listeners.

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Know the Value of Your License

An FCC broadcast license is considered an indefinite-life intangible asset. We are noticing that more public broadcasting stations are leveraging the market value of their license(s) in financing projects or attracting philanthropic support. Whether the license was gifted decades ago or purchased recently, noncommercial educational radio and TV stations have a value. If you are interested in getting a fair market valuation of your broadcast

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Growing Support for Independent Journalism

Public Media Company is excited to have been part of two recent significant transactions that are helping to strengthen and grow independent, nonprofit journalism: Combining forces. International Women’s Media Foundation acquired journalism nonprofit Round Earth Media. Public Media Company played a significant role in helping Round Earth Media plan, evaluate and facilitate the move to its future home. Congratulations to both Round Earth Media and the International

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