Public Radio Leading the Way

PMC’s last blog post focused on public media revenue trends during the Great Recession (December 2007 to June 2009) to help reveal insights that may be relevant to the current COVID-19 crisis. In this post, we explore the relative successes of public stations since the last recession to discover what further lessons can be learned. Our analysis has found that public radio has flourished...

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Public Media Company Announces Public Media Bond Program

Boulder, CO. (June 30, 2020) — Public Media Company is pleased to announce the Public Media Bond Program for public media organizations to leverage their assets for capital projects. The new national bond program provides public broadcasting entities access to taxable and tax-exempt bonds to finance their capital improvement projects through the Colorado Educational and Cultural Facilities Authority (CECFA). Public Media Company pioneered the...

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How Bold Action Saved WCBU

FROM Virginia M. Dambach, Executive Director, The University Station Alliance: There are many ways of providing public media services – and sometimes those services allow ample time for planning but other times they require bold action. In the first of a series, this article explores how WGLT Bloomington-Normal, Illinois came to manage WCBU in Peoria, which is about 40 miles away on Interstate 74....

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KQED-NPR Collaborative Fundraising Results in 2 New Regional Newsrooms

Congrats to KQED and NPR in securing a major gift from Eric and Wendy Schmidt to support investigative journalism in both California and the Midwest. Public Media Company worked with KQED, NPR and other leading California public radio stations to create and document a plan to expand investigative journalism in the state. This led to a momentous show of philanthropic support for the leadership...

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Coronavirus: Protecting the Present & Preparing for the Future

The Covid-19 crisis is unprecedented in its impact on society across the world and has forced organizations to take immediate steps to protect the health of their employees as well as the health of their organizations. It’s incredibly challenging to take immediate mitigating action while also planning for future challenges but it’s an unfortunate reality that all public media organizations need to face.  This...

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How a Public Media Station Can Work Remotely: Advice From a Company That Does It All the Time

With the spread of COVID-19, many public media outlets are quickly becoming “distributed” organizations – with employees working remotely from home or other places outside of the office. This is nothing new to us: Public Media Company has been working in this manner throughout our 19 year history. Since we work with local media around the country, we don’t locate everyone in a single...

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Our Impact, By the Numbers

Public Media Company has a track record of almost 20 years of impact – here’s an updated list of the transactions that we’ve helped bring to fruition. Our work in creating more scalable and sustainable local public media has impacted more than 80 million people, or 1-in-4 Americans. Read the full list here....

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Big Step Forward for State-Wide News Collaboration in California

California Public Radio Stations and NPR recently hired Joanne Griffith to lead a statewide initiative to expand the coverage of California news and issues. Public Media Company assisted with the formation of this California-based journalism collaboration, helping partner stations conceive and formulate a sustainability plan for this initiative, which aims to create a more extensive ecosystem of local and regional news reporting within public...

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WNET Expands Its Presence on Long Island with the Acquisition of WPPB-FM

WNET recently completed an acquisition of WPPB, the NPR news station located on the East End of Long Island. This Hamptons-based station will be paired with the Long Island public television station, WLIW-TV, which is owned by WNET as well. Public Media Company advised WNET as the station prepared plans for this innovative expansion. “With the acquisition of WPPB-FM, WNET is bringing together the...

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