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The National Federation of Community Broadcasters is proud to announce the initial member session schedule of the 2021 virtual event, Wish You Were Here, scheduled to take place July 7-21.

Event keynotes are open to the public, but exclusive sessions will be held for NFCB member stations. Please note this list is current as of May 5, 2021. New sessions and updates will be posted on our conference page.

Wednesday, July 7

Engaged and Equitable Leadership (90 min)

NFCB members will continue to build on the conversations in July 7’s keynote as you spend exclusive time learning with Minal Bopaiah. Participants will learn about the six characteristics of inclusive leaders. We’ll dive deep on cultural intelligence in communication styles and a framework for inclusive decision-making.

Thursday, July 8

Sustainer Programs and Other Pledge Drive Alternatives

The days of one-time-donation pledge drives are long behind us as more stations adopt monthly giving programs. But how should a station incorporate a monthly giving program into the traditional pledge drive? WFMU General Manager Ken Freedman discusses this question, and also provides examples of creative twists on traditional pledge drive giving.

Friday, July 9

Community Radio Program Management

Every station with volunteers may face programming dilemmas. Schedule changes happen. You may experience delicate situations such as conflicts of interest in programming or perceptions of volunteers “owning” timeslots. Maybe you dream of alternate internet channels, but are unsure what that entails. Join one of community radio’s most respected voices, WFMU’s Ken Freedman, for a session on effective and thoughtful program directing.

Monthly Giving. Long Term Support Means Long Term Work

We will discuss how to start, or jumpstart, a monthly giving campaign. Why and how to get it going, to the much more important, how to maintain your campaign over time. This session will include lessons learned and common issues along with time for discussion to share what works for your organization.

Monday, July 12

Music Reporting: What You Need to Know

Few areas of regulation are as treacherous for community radio stations as music rights and stations’ obligations to report their streaming. In this lively yet accessible conversation, Spinitron’s Eva Papp, one of community radio’s best experts on the subject, will help you decipher all you need to know to ensure your station is meeting all its obligations.

One Mic, Many Voices

Lack of diversity in gender, identity, race/ethnicity, and socioeconomic range have long been part of media. Even with the advent of independent community radio, most voices are white, male, and middle class. How can women and non-binary folks intentionally diversify the airwaves? The WRIR collective One Mic, Many Voices started to bring diverse voices to community radio through intentional recruitment, training, and facilitation of production. Learn more in this session about their local engagement efforts.

Wednesday, July 14

Launching a Community News Effort: Doing a Lot with a Little

Three different journalists from three different stations in three different time zones share ideas and resources for stations ready to invest in starting up a news effort. We’ll share a range of approaches to producing local news, including writing headlines, sourcing free audio segments, engaging via social media, involving students, covering social movements, and highlighting marginalized voices.

Friday, July 16

Crowdfunding and Community Radio

Crowdfunding – raising small amounts of money from a large group of people to reach a goal – has long been a go-to for entrepreneurs, influencers and inventors. KWMR has utilized crowdfunding as a tool during on-air fundraising to great success. In two pledge drives, the station gained about 250 first-time donors. Join us for a quick low down on how KWMR used crowdfunding successfully and learn other ways it can be used to support your station.

Monday, July 19

Ask the Attorneys

This legal session takes on the ins and outs of community radio – from underwriting, to indecency, to other matters that stations face. Our panel of lawyers will offer an overview of the basics, a look at complicated questions, field real-life case studies. This session features an extended question-and-answer period to get your puzzles solved.

Tuesday, July 20

The FCC’s Upcoming Filing Window for Noncommercial FM and Low Power FM Frequencies

The FCC will accept applications for full-power noncommercial radio stations across the nation this year. Such a filing window is expected to be followed by the intake of license applications for new low-power FM (LPFM) stations, which last happened in 2013. What’s involved in getting an FCC license? What do you need to be aware of legally to be prepared? How can you get organized now for this rare opportunity? Join two of the nation’s top attorneys for an update on these issues and to answer your questions.
PUBLIC SESSION Tuesday, July 20, at 2 ET | Register here

More events will be announced soon. Find all registration links in the Solution Center. (login required)

If your station would like to join NFCB and attend these events, learn more about membership here. If your station is already a member, contact us to get all the event details.