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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.
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, connect you to Louisville’s best and play your long-time favorites for an eclectic mix that can’t be heard anywhere else.
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. 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.
This year we celebrated ten years of the Sustainer program. What started as a small group of monthly donors has become a solid foundation of our membership programs. Now, more than 65% of our members are Sustaining Members providing support we can count on, month after month. It’s an amazing alliance, and we can’t thank you enough!
Louisville once made ambitious promises to transform its police department and mend its relationship with the Black community. Five years later, Louisville police killed Breonna Taylor in her home, kicking off a protest movement unlike anything the city had seen in decades. A joint, yearlong KyCIR/Newsy investigation took a closer look at how Louisville went from a national leader in policing to an epicenter of the movement for racial justice in the U.S – revealing the systemic barriers and choices made by city and LMPD leaders that led to their failure to meaningfully make change. The second season of Dig was awarded a Peabody nomination and an IRE Award.
With several closely watched races in local and statewide primaries, WFPL compiled an extensive voting guide, including mayoral, Metro Council, congressional, circuit court and district court races. Interviews, questionnaires and forums were an invaluable resource for voters to make informed decisions and stay abreast of election results.
The Podcast Hatchery, a new monthly podcast advice newsletter, hatched in April 2022. For anyone with a podcast or dreams of making one, Laura Ellis – our in-house podcast genius – shares her professional experience in podcasting, gives a peek behind the scenes at LPM Podcasts and helps readers think about podcasting in a different way. You can read previous editions and subscribe here.
WUOL celebrated International Women’s Day with a special two-hour program dedicated to women in classical music. Created and produced by WUOL Music Director Colleen Phelps, Her Music, Her Story features women at the top of their field paying tribute to the women who have inspired them. Luminaries like multiple Grammy Award winner JoAnn Falletta and The Marvels composer Laura Karpman and more introduce music by composers like Florence Price, Clara Schumann, as well as performances from Isatah Kanneh-Mason, Marian Anderson, and even Ella Fitzgerald. Colleen also curated a playlist featuring the music by women in our WUOL library that you can listen to here.
Devastating tornadoes swept through western Kentucky in December 2021. WFPL’s newsroom responded quickly with by-the-moment and thoughtful coverage, providing much-needed resources to victims and up-to-date information on its continuing impact on the state. WFPL, KyCIR and partner stations in the Kentucky Public Radio Network came together in support of our community to provide comprehensive coverage that continues today.
WFPK Waterfront Wednesday returned for its 20th season in April 2022 – the first full season since COVID forced cancellations in 2020 and 2021. These free concerts have become a signature community event, drawing thousands to Waterfront Park and helping Louisville secure an international award as a top city for festivals. The 20th season lineup included Nappy Roots, Maggie Rose, War and Louisville native Joan Osborne.
As the pandemic shut down visitation across the state, incarcerated people and their loved ones relied on the prison system’s costly phone calls and emails. When KyCIR’s investigation revealed how much Kentucky Department of Corrections and Securus Technologies were making from these phone calls, the Metro Council passed a budget requiring Louisville Metro Corrections to stop taking commissions and provide a plan for changes.
What’s the one universal question Asian Americans are asked at least once (but more like a million times) in their lives? “Where are you really from?” In September 2022, we launched our first “incubaby” from our new Podcast Incubator. The Where Y’all Really From podcast focuses on the tens of thousands of folks whose answer is, “Kentucky!” Hosts Charlene Buckles & Dan Wu chat with and share the diverse stories and perspectives of Asian American and Pacific Islanders living, learning and loving in the bluegrass state.
When it comes to teaching about race and history, American classrooms are at a crossroads. In Germany, students are required to learn about one of their nation’s darkest chapters — the Holocaust. WFPL created the radio documentary, A Critical Moment, with Arts and Culture Reporter Stephanie Wolf exploring how the Holocaust is covered in German schools, and Education and Learning Reporter Jess Clark looking at how race is covered in Kentucky classrooms. The result is an unflinching look at how two countries teach about their difficult histories, and why. Kentucky educators and students continued the conversation at an April event in partnership with the Trager Family Jewish Community Center.
WUOL continued its partnership with 21c Museum Hotel to present New Lens – a concert series exploring diverse and intriguing sounds and ideas in new music, art and society. This new season of four free concerts launched in April 2022 with a poignant and moving concert of reflection on the violence systemic racism perpetuates against Black people.
Former Louisville Metro Police Department officer Brett Hankison stood trial in late February for his involvement in the high-profile, deadly raid on Breonna Taylor’s apartment in March 2020. WFPL provided thoughtful and timely coverage and context to one of the most closely followed news moments of the last two years.
Every great piece of music —new and old — comes with a story. In a new video series from WUOL Music Director Colleen Phelps, Behind The Playlist is a behind-the-scenes look at the contemporary artists you hear every day on WUOL and the stories they have to tell. Featured composers included those behind television’s Only Murders in the Building and Bluey.
In July 2021, Louisville Gas and Electric and Louisville Water company resumed service shut-offs following the expiration of COVID moratorium that suspended disconnections and offered payment plans to customers. WFPL’s reporting on the impact to Louisville residents resulted in the Mayor’s office announcing $5 million of assistance for people facing utility and water shut-offs.
WUOL’s Colleen Phelps and WFPK’s Stacy Owen joined musical forces for one epic night of trivia with a holiday music theme. Deep trivia cuts — from classical to pop — and the best ugly sweaters were on display for a fun night of community and friendly competition at Gravely Brewing.
In August 2021, a KyCIR collaboration with The Marshall Project and The New York Times took a deep dive into the lack of accountability in Kentucky State Police shootings in rural areas. Their reporting in ‘Shooting First And Asking Questions Later’ revealed that although the rate of rural police shootings was lower than in urban areas, when adjusted for population, the rural incidents mirror many of the dynamics of police shootings in cities. But, like most other police shootings across the country, those in rural settings seldom lead to indictments or prosecutions of the officers involved, the data show.
WFPK continued to nurture our community health with monthly #WFPKMentalHealthDays — full days of songs by-request to lift our spirits, give us hope and help us cope. Mental Health Days share valuable online resources and support options for those who need them. In October, WFPK partnered with local organizations and subject matter experts to spotlight social determinants of health and the pandemic’s impact on mental health.
The WFPL and KyCIR newsrooms are now 29-strong. We also expanded our development department and hired a VP of Content. This work helps ensure we have the resources to provide equitable access to news and information our community needs.
Louisville Public Media was one of 25 organizations selected in Google’s 2021 North American Innovation Challenge. LPM received support for a research project that seeks to better understand local media connection and disenfranchisement in Louisville’s West End. “Through intentional outreach and relationship-building, we can — and should — include communities and individuals who have been marginalized by the local media ecosystem, enabling us to better serve our community and our audience to better understand their neighbors.” The project marks another milestone toward LPM’s strategic goals to better include, reflect and serve our community.
In April 2022, LPM launched our newest podcast Words For The People, created and hosted by Kentucky Poet Laureate Crystal Wilkinson. Each episode features interviews with two Kentucky writers — one established, and one emerging — woven together with writings submitted by LPM’s community of listeners. Words For The People unlocks the meaningful stories that everyone has inside of them to, as Wilkinson says, “free the words that matter.”
In the musical short Juneteenth Jubilee, The Music Box celebrated Juneteenth by exploring liberation through music – looking at the lives of three different Black composers from three different time periods while covering the history of the Juneteenth holiday. Race Unwrapped began their season-long exploration of language by “unwrapping” what Juneteenth means, and what it doesn’t. Why it’s complicated, but it isn’t.
WFPL hosted two mayoral forums in a lead up to primary elections in May: one on business and economic development in partnership with Louisville Independent Business Alliance and one on housing in partnership with the Coalition for the Homeless. Through these community partnerships, WFPL provided a platform for voters to connect directly to candidates ahead of these highly-contested races.
Since November 2021, at least seven inmates have died while incarcerated and there have been multiple mass overdose incidents. In March 2022, the Louisville Metro’s Department of Corrections, responsible for more than 1,000 incarcerated people, became the subject of multiple investigations and a change in leadership. WFPL covered the crisis and how elected leaders and criminal justice reform advocates responded to it through a timeline of the unfolding situation. KyCIR was also on the story, uncovering a lack of mental health resources and compounding staffing and resource concerns from the jail and jail staff union.
WFPK shines a spotlight on more than just musicians. The Paws Report, a weekly series featuring an adoptable pet, has been a popular and rewarding partnership with the Kentucky Humane Society (KHS) that has resulted in hundreds of animal adoptions. Even during the pandemic, we continued highlighting pets in need of loving homes and built awareness for the work KHS does in our community.
WFPK Waterfront Wednesday at Waterfront Park was recognized as the Best Place for Free Entertainment in the 2021 LEO Readers’ Choice Awards.
The award is the “Commonwealth’s highest artistic honor” and recognizes “individuals and organizations who have made extraordinary and significant contributions to the arts in Kentucky.”
Public Radio Association of Development Officers 2022 Public Radio Development Professional of the Year: Ellen Oost
Strange Fruit was awarded first place in the 2021 LEO Readers’ Choice Awards.
The Peabody Awards are a collection of stories that powerfully reflect the pressing social issues and the vibrant emerging voices of our day.
The Edward R. Murrow Awards honor outstanding achievements in electronic journalism.
The country’s top investigative journalism association honors the best work in the nation.
Total Revenue: $6,658,870
Total Expenses: $8,045,299
Ending Net Assets: $8,950,867
*Revenue related to LPM’s three-year newsroom expansion campaign was recognized in FY21 but will be released in FY22-FY24 to cover related expenses. These charts have been updated to reflect our independent audit summary.
Tyler N. Allen
Ann L. Coffey
José Neil Donis
John La Barbera
Nat Irvin II
—Bjorn & Jon Schneider
Todd Read, Chair
Marcelline Coots, Vice Chair
Kate Caufield, Secretary
Brenda Rick Smith
—Doug & Vicky Chin
Ashleé Clark, Vice President of Digital
Stephen George, President & General Manager
Gabrielle Jones, Vice President of Content
Ellen Oost, Vice President of Development & Marketing
Gray Smith, Vice President of Corporate Support
Charles Spivey, Vice President of Operations & Technology
Dennis Stovall, Vice President of Finance
Ryland Barton, Managing Editor of Collaboratives
Jared Bennett, Deputy Editor
Suhail Bhat, Data Reporter
John Boyle, Southern Indiana Reporter and Editor
Bill Burton, Morning Edition Host
Jess Clark, Education & Learning Reporter
Jasmine Demers, Investigative Reporter
R.G. Dunlop, Investigative Reporter
Amina Elahi, City Editor
Adeshina Emmanuel, KyCIR Managing Editor
Sally Evans, Host
Bec Feldhaus Adams, News Director
Ron Fisher, Host
Jonese Franklin, Program Director & All Things Considered Host
Justin Hicks, Data Reporter
Kate Howard, KyCIR Managing Editor
Rick Howlett, Midday Talk Host
Michelle Tyrene Johnson, Associate Producer
Breya Jones, Breaking News Reporter
Yasmine Jumaa, Race & Equity Reporter
Divya Karthikeyan, Capitol Reporter
Eleanor Klibanoff, Investigative Reporter
Ty Lancaster, Videographer
Jacob Munoz, Business Reporter
Aprile Rickert, Health Reporter
Rip Rinehart, Fill-in Host
Roberto Roldan, City Politics & Government Reporter
Clare Roth, News Editor
Jacob Ryan, Investigative Reporter
Ryan Van Velzer, Energy & Environment Reporter
Stephanie Wolf, Arts Reporter
Jeff Young, OVR Managing Editor
Kiana Del, Engagement Manager for Music Education & Host
Fiona Palensky, Host of The Music Box
Daniel Gilliam, Director of Radio, Program Director & Host
Colleen Phelps, Music Director & Host
Stacy Owen, Program Director
Kyle Meredith, Music Director
Big Howell & Possum
JPB & JP Source
Nightvisions (Alex Bell, Aaron Chadwell & Sam Sneed)
Woodrow on the Radio
Alex Cooper, Associate Producer
Laura Ellis, Director of Podcasts and Special Projects
Debbie Clauson, Account Specialist
Lia J. Murphy, People Operations Manager
J. Tyler Franklin, Visual Media Producer
Robert Johnson, Senior Producer
Eric Matthews, Broadcast Production Technician
Russell Wells, Technical Operations Manager
Brad Yost, Senior Producer
Rachel Firkins, Events & Engagement Manager
Mindy Fulner, Design Manager
Cara Hicks, Digital Membership Manager
Briana Kinkead, Sustainer Membership Coordinator
Marquel Lett, Director of Donor Relations
Kirsten Pfalzgraf, Director of Marketing
Rachel Raphael, Engagement Coordinator
Katherine Six, Grants Manager
Kelly Wilkinson, Membership Director
Jill Fox, Underwriting Voice
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
—David & Debbie Chervenak
The vast majority of our funding comes from the local community. See below for 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 14,000 members who invest in our success each year.
21c Museum Hotel
Al Día en América
Americana Community Center
Belle of Louisville Riverboats
Bernheim Forest and Arboretum
Center for Neighborhoods
Center for Women and Families
Chamber Music Society
City of Louisville
City of New Albany
Community Foundation of Louisville
Consequence of Sound
Falls of the Ohio Foundation
Festival of Faiths
Fund for the Arts
Jewish Community Center
Kentucky Derby Museum
Kentucky Humane Society
Kentucky Performing Arts
Kentucky to the World
Louisville Central Community Center
Louisville Independent Business Alliance (LIBA)
Louisville City FC
Louisville Free Public Library
Louisville Urban League
Louisville Visual Art
Seven County Services
The Pete Foundation
Western Middle School
World Affairs Council of Kentucky and Indiana
Abbey Rd. on the River
Access Veterinary Care
Actors Theatre Direct
Actors Theatre of Louisville
Air Pollution Control District
American Red Cross
Antiques at Distillery Commons
Archdiocese of Louisville
Arts Association of Oldham County
Bargain Supply Co.
Beards & Beers
Belle Of Louisville
Big Four Arts Festival
Big Stomp Festival
Bill Stout Properties
Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame & Museum
Bridgehaven Mental Health Services
Bringing Justice Home
Broadway Across America
Brown Forman Community Relations
Bryce Biery Construction
Butchertown Art Fair
C.A.S.A. of the River Region
Calvary Episcopal Church
Carnegie Center for Art & History
Cave Hill Cemetery
Cedar Lake Foundation
Center for Gifted Studies
Center for Interfaith Relations
Center for Women/Families
Chamber Music Society of Louisville
Christ Church Episcopal
Christ Church United Methodist
Clark Memorial Health
Commonwealth Council on Development Disability
Commonwealth of KY Agriculture
Cox’s Smokers Outlet & Spirit Shoppe
Dare to Care Food Bank
Dentons Bingham Greenbaum
Derby City Chamber Fest
Diane and Pete Kirven, Realtors
Dragon King’s Daughter
Drepung Gomang Center
Earth & Spirit Center
Eve Theatre Company
Every Commute Counts
Eye Care Institute
Falls of the Ohio Foundation
Family & Children’s Place
Family Dermatology & Dermatopathology
Family Health Centers
Farmington Historic Home
Ferdinand Folk Festival
Fifth Third Bank
Filson Historical Society
Flea Off Market
Four Pegs Beer Lounge
Frazier History Museum
Fund for the Arts
Garvin Gate Blues
Goodwill Industries of Kentucky
Grace Hopkins Ruml Children’s Fund
Greater Louisville Medical Society
Headliner’s Music Hall
Heine Brothers Coffee
Henderson Music Company
Highland Baptist Church
Highland Commerce Guild
Highland Community Ministries
Holiday Pottery Sale
Institute for Sustainable Health & Opt. Aging
Interfaith Paths to Peace
Isenberg Spray Foam
Jefferson County Public Schools
Jefferson Memorial Forest
Jeffersonville Township Public Library
Jewish Community Center
Joey On-Demand Delivery
John Hartford Memorial Festival
Ken Comb’s Running Store
Kentuckiana Blues Society
Kentucky Author Forum
Kentucky Cabinet for Health & Family Services
Kentucky Community and Technical Colleges
Kentucky Dept of Agriculture
Kentucky Dept of Education
Kentucky Derby Museum
Kentucky Falun Dafa Association
Kentucky Fish & Wildlife Resources
Kentucky Hemp Association
Kentucky History Center/Historical Society
Kentucky Lottery Corp.
Kentucky Mental Health Care
Kentucky Museum of Art & Craft
Kentucky Performing Arts
Kentucky Science Center
Kentucky Select Properties
Kentucky to the World
Kiel Thomson Company
Kindred Folk Society
Kumar Eye Institute
KY Dept. for Public Health
KY Dept. of Travel & Tourism
KY Higher Education Assistance Authority
Ky Humane Society
Land Line Presents
Leadership Louisville Center
Let’s Cure Cystic Fibrosis
LG&E and KU Services Co.
Limbwalker Tree Service
Louisville City Football Club
Louisville Collegiate School
Louisville Folk School
Louisville Free Public Library
Louisville Independent Business Alliance
Louisville Leopards Percussionists
Louisville Parks Foundation
Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary
Louisville Salt Cave
Louisville Sustainability Council
Louisville Urban League
Louisville Visual Art
Louisville Youth Orchestra
Mac Brown Media
Mariner Wealth Advisors
Marshall Family Foundation
Melba’s Culinary Canvas
Metro Office of Mayor Events
Miller’s Fancy Bath & Kitchen
Miracle on Market
Molina Passport Health Plan
Montessori School of Louisville
Mountjoy Chilton Medley
Muhammad Ali Center
National Shows 2
Next First Insurance Agency, Inc
Ohio Valley Educational Cooperative
Old Louisville Neighborhood Council
Olmsted Parks Conservancy
Organic Association of KY
Over the Rhine
Parker Hannifin Corporation
Please and Thank You
Rabbouni Catholic Community
Racing Louisville FC
River City Distributing Miller
Riverside Farnsley Moremen Landing, Inc.
Ronald McDonald House
Sacred Heart Academy
Slechter Law Firm
Southern Crossings Pottery Festival
Speed Art Musuem
St. Francis in the Fields
St. Francis School
St. James Court Art Show
St. Matthews Episcopal Church
St. Vincent de Paul
St. Xavier High School
Steep & Breathe
Stock Yards Bank
Suntime Pools West
Tailspin Ale Fest
The Door Store
The Irish Rover
The Louisville Ballet
The Louisville Zoo
TMS Oasis Therapy of Louisville
Toyota – CRTDAA
Trinity High School
Twinbrook Assisted Living Apt
U of L Community Relations
U of L Dept of Otolaryngology
U of L Health
U of L Office of Communication & Marketing
UK College of Arts & Sciences
Unbroken Circle Production
United States Army
University of Louisville-
University of Louisville Sch. of Music
V Soft Consulting
Visit Madison, Inc.
Waldorf School of Lou.
Wallitsch Garden Center
Water With Blessings, Inc.
Waterfront Botanical Gardens
Western KY Community & Technical College
Wilson & Muir Bank & Trust
Yew Dell Gardens