Covering the period from July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020
Covering the period from July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020
This is a year of crisis and uncertainty. A public health crisis has caused an economic crisis. A long-overlooked crisis of racial injustice and police violence has met its moment of reckoning.
Layered into these is the ongoing crisis of trust and information — one that can be solved by local journalism. The pandemic has accelerated the loss of local news, but in our community, we are bucking that trend.
This year, thanks to your support, Louisville Public Media added journalists to 89.3 WFPL and the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting through Report for America, a national program that works with local newsrooms to place journalists in under-covered areas and on overlooked beats. We expanded our weekly talk show as the pandemic spread in Kentucky, producing twice-weekly statewide programs to get crucial information to the public. And we’ve delivered essential daily coverage as the protests for racial justice have moved our city.
So much of life’s richness comes from shared cultural experiences, so we’ve also met this moment with music. On 90.5 WUOL, Program Director Daniel Gilliam and Louisville Orchestra Music Director Teddy Abrams launched a short-run program (based in Zoom, of course) to highlight the music and art people have created in response to these extraordinary times. And on 91.9 WFPK, we dedicate programming to talking openly about mental health in a time of stress and disconnection so that we can all stay connected to the things that help us get through.
It’s been a tough year, and that won’t change soon. But with your support, we’ll continue to provide the news, music, information and connection that you rely on to get to the other side.
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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
Best Local Radio Station
91.9 WFPK was recognized as “Best Local Radio Station” in the 2019 LEO Readers’ Choice Awards
Best Local Website
Do502.com was recognized as “Best Local Website” in the 2019 LEO Readers’ Choice Awards
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
Two first-place awards:
Fiscal Year: July 1, 2019 – June 30, 2020
~ Mary Cheatham
Total Revenue: $6,471,439
Total Expenses: $6,752,292
Ending Net Assets: $9,203,276
Fiscal Year: July 1, 2019 – June 30, 2020
~ 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.
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
Al Dia En America
Americana Community Center
Boys and Girls Club of Ky and Indiana
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
Louisville City FC
Louisville Free Public Library
Metro Parks and Recreation
Miles ahead Music
Norton Children’s Hospital
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
Actors Theatre Direct
Air Pollution Control District
Al J. Schneider Co.
Alliance Francaise de Louisville
Antiques at Distillery Commons
Archdiocese of Louisville
Arts Association of Oldham County
Bargain Supply Co.
Beaded Treasures Project
Bear and the Jack
Beards & Beers
Belknap Fall Fest
Belle Of Louisville
Benefits Advisor Specialist
Better Business Bureau
Big Four Arts Festival
Bliss Home Furniture
Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame & Museum
Bourbon & Beyond
Bourbon Baroque, Inc.
Bridgehaven Mental Health Services
Bristol Bar & Grille
Broadway Across America
Brown Forman Community Relations
Brownsboro Hardware and Paint
Bulleit Distilling Co.
CASA of the River Region
Calvary Episcopal Church
Carnegie Center for Art & History
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
Chamber Music Society of Louisville
Christ Church United Methodist
Clark Memorial Health
Clayton & Crume
Coalition For the Homeless
Come Back Inn
Concordia Lutheran Church
Cooking at the Cottage
Copper & Kings
Cox’s Smokers Outlet & Spirit Shoppe
Cunningham Door & Window
D. Scott Neal, Inc.
Dages Hikes Point Paint and Wall Paper
Daniel Fabulic Insurance Agency
Dare to Care Food Bank
Dentons Bingham Greenbaum
Derby City Vet
Derby Dinner (TRADE)
Diane and Pete Kirven, Realtors
Dragon King’s Daughter
Dupree & Company
Earth & Spirit Center
East & Westbrook Construction
Episcopal Church Home
Eve Theatre Company
Every Commute Counts
Expedia Cruise Ship Centers Louisville
Eye Care Institute
Facilities Management Services
Family Health Centers
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
Frazier History Museum
Garvin Gate Blues
Gatton College of Business & Economics
Goodwill Industries of Kentucky
Greenhaven Tree Care
Half Price Books
Headliner’s Music Hall
Heartsong Memory Care
Heine Brothers’ Coffee
Henderson Music Company
Highland Baptist Church
Highland Commerce Guild
Highland Community Ministries
Highland Presbyterian Church
Holiday Pottery Sale
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
Ken Comb’s Running Store
Kentuckiana Blues Society
Kentucky Author Forum
Kentucky Cabinet for Health & Family Services
Kentucky Community and Technical Colleges
Kentucky Derby Museum
Kentucky Fish & Wildlife Resources
Kentucky Lottery Corp.
Kentucky Museum of Art & Craft
Kentucky Public Service Commission
Kentucky Refugee Ministries
Kentucky Science Center
Kentucky Select Properties
Kentucky to the World
Kiel Thomson Company
Kindred Folk Society
Kentucky Aviation Association
Kentucky Humane Society
Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates
LG&E and KU Services Co.
La Vie en Rose Eye Care Specialists
Lady Bear Resale Boutique
Leadership Louisville Center
Limbwalker Tree Service
Louder Than Life
Louisville Beer Week
Louisville City Football Club
Louisville Classical Academy
Louisville Cotillion, LLC
Louisville Folk School
Louisville Independent Business Alliance
Louisville Leopards Percussionists
Louisville Maker Faire
Louisville Master Chorale
Louisville Parks Foundation
Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary
Louisville Salt Cave
Louisville Visual Art
Louisville Youth Orchestra
Madison Performing Arts Foundation
Marshall Family Foundation
Masonic Homes of Kentucky
Master Musicians Festival
Matt Anthony’s Record Shop
Mercedes-Benz of Louisville
Merridian Home Furnishing
Metro Office of Mayor Events
Metro United Way
Miller’s Fancy Bath & Kitchen
Miracle on Market
Montessori School of Louisville
Mount Saint Francis
Mountjoy Chilton Medley
Muhammad Ali Center
National Shows 2
National Stem Cell Foundation
Nearly New Shop
Neil Huffman Subaru
Ntaba Coffee Haus
NUCOR Republic Conduit
Old Louisville Neighborhood Council
Olmsted Parks Conservancy
Organic Association of Kentucky
Passport Health Plan
Play Dance Bar
Please and Thank You
Portland Now, Inc.
Rabbouni Catholic Community
Red Bull North America
Riverside Farnsley-Moremen Landing, Inc.
Rudy Green, Inc.
Russian Ballet Theatre/Voice Art Group
Sacred Heart Schools
Sleep Health Center
Software Guild/Learning House
Southern Crossings Pottery Festival
Sowers of Justice
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. Vincent de Paul
St. William Church
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
TheraPLACE Learning Center
Thomas Jefferson Unitarian Church
TMS Therapy of Louisville
Trinity High School
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
Violins of Hope Louisville
Virginia Chance School
Visit Madison, Inc.
Volunteers of America
Wallitsch Garden Center
Waterfront Botanical Gardens
Waterfront Development Corp
Watrous Associates Architects
Wilson & Muir Bank & Trust
World Affairs Council of Kentucky & Southern Indiana
Yep Roc Records
Yew Dell Gardens
~ Richard Lewine and Alison Sommers