Local Content and Services Report
1. Describe your overall goals and approach to address identified community issues, needs, and interests through your station’s vital local services, such as multiplatform long and short-form content, digital and in-person engagement, education services, community information, partnership support, and other activities, and audiences you reached or new audiences you engaged.
TSPR broadcasts a mixture of news and diverse music programming (classical, folk and jazz). Being a mixed format station is critical as we serve a very rural area with few choices in media, music and news & information. In addition, we have an active news department (3 full-time, 2 part-time) that produce news reports and in-depth features daily on our coverage area that includes 20 counties in three states. In addition, we broadcast local concerts on our weekly show, Music From the Tri-States, and have local classical, jazz and folk music hosts that regularly interact with the public. TSPR also has an active interaction with the audience to identify issues and needs of the communities we serve. This includes an active social media presence (3600+ likes on Facebook, 900+ followers on Twitter), outreach events, the Issues and Ale gatherings to highlight discussions of public policy issues and our Folk Weekend Live concert series.
2. Describe key initiatives and the variety of partners with whom you collaborated, including other public media outlets, community nonprofits, government agencies, educational institutions, the business community, teachers and parents, etc. This will illustrate the many ways you’re connected across the community and engaged with other important organizations in the area.
The station presented four “Folk Weekend Live” concerts to promote live music and its appreciation in our region. The concerts were recorded for broadcast and attendees were asked to bring a nonperishable food item for the local food pantry as part of their admission to the concerts. The station has a music performance studio that seats 100 people and makes this space available to non-profit organizations for meetings and other special events. We also continued our "Issues and Ale" series where we bring together people in various towns across our communities to discuss important issues of the day in a relaxed setting. In each of Issues and Ale events we partner with other institutions, agencies and venues to develop the content of each program, and promote the event to a wide and diverse audience that may not otherwise no about our services.
3. What impact did your key initiatives and partnerships have in your community? Describe any known measurable impact, such as increased awareness, learning or understanding about particular issues. Describe indicators of success, such as connecting people to needed resources or strengthening conversational ties across diverse neighborhoods. Did a partner see an increase
in requests for related resources? Please include direct feedback from a partner(s) or from a person(s) served.
The greatest impact continues to be increased awareness and productive dialogue among community members on important issues. In Galesburg, we brought together a panel of community and healthcare leaders for an Issues and Ale discussion on navigating healthcare. In Lee County, the topic of our Issues and Ale session was on school safety. Both events were well-attended, and broadened our reach to the communities we served.
4. Please describe any efforts (e.g. programming, production, engagement activities) you have made to investigate and/or meet the needs of minority and other diverse audiences (including, but not limited to, new immigrants, people for whom English is a second language and illiterate adults) during Fiscal Year 2018, and any plans you have made to meet the needs of these audiences during Fiscal Year 2019. If you regularly broadcast in a language other than English, please note the language broadcast.
TSPR broadcasts special programming to help engage the Latino community and educate the non-Latino community. This includes "Latino USA" and the bi-lingual classical music program "Concierto". Our Audio Information Services division provides a 24 hour a day radio reading service for print disabled individuals. This dedicated broadcast service is augmented by web streaming.
5. Please assess the impact that your CPB funding had on your ability to serve your community. What were you able to do with your grant that you wouldn't be able to do if you didn't receive it?
Our stations serve a sparsely populated region of western Illinois, southeast Iowa and northeast Missouri. We lack the population and corporate base to provide a quality public radio service without federal funding assistance. Likewise, the elimination of financial support in 2019 from our parent organization makes CPB funding even more central to our ability to serve the region. CPB funding currently pays for a full time reporter’s salary and benefits, along with other broadcasting related and programming expenses.
Submitted March 2019