2023 CONFERENCE SCHEDULE

This conference schedule is subject to change

WEDNESDAY JUNE 28

TIME

TITLE

SPEAKER(S)

DESCRIPTION

9:00a-4:00p
Workshop Intensive

Get Ready, Stay Ready – Public Safety

Amanda Eichstadt, Ali Lightfoot, Sue Matters, Becky Meiers, Mike Chmielewski, Will Floyd, Pete Tridish

Intensive Description

Is your station prepared for emergencies? Preparing for emergencies begins well before disaster strikes. Learn what you need to know to keep your station on the air and serving the public during natural disasters and other emergencies. This session will go through the vital steps that every station needs to take to operate in an emergency, how to program through it, what equipment is needed, planning for site resiliency, and case studies from stations that learned from their own experiences.

9:00a-4:00p
Workshop Intensive

Mastering On-Air Sound

Elaine Grant, Bruce Trujillo, Charlee Robles

Intensive Description

Being on-air is pure magic. Invisible beams send voices, music, and sound across the airwaves and into people’s homes. But is what we’re sending out there compelling? Are listeners stopped in their tracks experiencing the classic driveway moment? When’s the last time you evaluated the overall sound of the station? From on-air voices to the interstitials between programs, it’s all telling a story.

In this workshop, you’ll learn everything you need to know to captivate audiences with on-air sound that keeps them coming back for more. Learn vocal techniques, equipment tips, how to harness the music and voices of your community, and how to go from being a good host to becoming a beloved host. You’ll leave this comprehensive workshop fired up and armed with new tools to elevate your station’s on-air sound and tell a great story.

9:00a-4:00p
Workshop Intensive

Revving Up Revenue

Erin Moran, Steve Hartman, Joyce MacDonald, Sam Moody

Intensive Description

Funding the mission – every station’s critical need and often the greatest challenge. But never fear! In this session, top industry leaders share the do’s and don’ts of fundraising from A to Z; how to strategically manage fundraising for sustainability, and how collaboration and partnership can take your fundraising to the next level.

This session will include a supportive revenue stream assessment where you’ll share and receive advice and inspiration. Presenters will reach out to your station beforehand to customize the intensive to the group’s needs.

9:00a-4:00p
Workshop Intensive

Legal Essentials for Community Radio Stations

Ernie Sanchez

Intensive Description

Someone once said, “You can’t live with the FCC – and you can’t live without them.” The FCC plays a vital legal role in the life (and potential success) of every noncommercial radio station. Whether you are a public radio newcomer, or simply looking for a concise refresher course, this is the intensive for you!

Join Veteran Washington DC attorney Ernie Sanchez in this lively and concise overview of how to successfully live and prosper with the help of the FCC. Bring your legal questions and your problems. Parts of the presentation will be in lecture form, but there will be plenty of time for Q&A. You will leave this session challenged, stimulated, and with lots of information and answers.

9:00a-4:00p
Workshop Intensive

CCI – Cohort participants only

SCG Nonprofits, The Equity Project

THURSDAY JUNE 29

TIME

TITLE

SPEAKER(S)

DESCRIPTION

9:00a-10:15a *Livestreamed

Keynote: Project VOICE

Keynote Description

Project VOICE is responsible for bringing spoken word poetry into hundreds of classrooms around the world. Our time-tested teaching techniques creatively approach spoken word poetry as a tool for literacy, empowerment, engagement, education, and community-building that can be used in classrooms across content areas. If your faculty is interested in learning how this art form can be incorporated into your classrooms and community, now you can have the opportunity to learn straight from the experts.

10:15a-10:45a

Beverage Break

10:45a-12:00p
Breakout Session

Ask the Attorneys

To Be Announced

Description (org capacity)

A panel of attorneys tackle the issues community radio stations face. An excellent opportunity to ask all your burning questions and get the answers you need. Panel and topics to be announced.

 

10:45a-12:00p
Breakout Session

Impact for All: Critical Insights for Small Stations

Steve Hartman

Description (revenue)

Small community and public radio stations serve communities with great needs but don’t have access to the same resources as large station peers. In this presentation and panel discussion, get more insight into the unique trends and challenges experienced by small stations, learn about potential opportunities for increased growth and local impact, and hear from your community radio peers (Ashley Krest and Tami Graham) about their direct experience with Impact for All, a grant-funded initiative for small stations that provides customized station insight and actionable plans for future growth. Led by Steve Hartman of Public Media Company.

10:45a-12:00p
Breakout Session

Project VOICE Spoken Word Workshop

Description (content)

Language is powerful. ​​Project VOICE is responsible for bringing spoken word poetry into hundreds of classrooms around the world. Their time-tested teaching techniques creatively approach spoken word poetry as a tool for literacy, empowerment, engagement, education, and community-building that can be used across content areas. Space will be limited to 25 participants. This workshop is led by Keynote Speaker, Phil Kaye.

10:45a-12:00p
Breakout Session

The Power of Cohort Learning

Lackisha Freeman, Becky Meiers, K.P. Whaley, Matthew Brown

Description Missing

Community radio is a critical resource for preserving, uplifting, and enhancing the well-being of local communities. At the same time, community radio is impacted by shrinking resources, evolving technology, and changing listening trends. The Community Counts Initiative (CCI) explores sustainable paths toward success through cohort learning and the power of the Circle of Engagement. Panelists include Becky Meier (KCAW), K.P. Whaley (Asheville FM), Matthew Brown (WTIP). The panel will be led by Lackisha Freeman (WNCU).

12:00p-1:30p *Livestreamed

Lunch Plenary – State of Community Radio NFCB Annual Membership Meeting

Led by NFCB CEO Sally Kane and NFCB’s Board of Directors

1:45p-3:00p
Breakout Session *Livestreamed

Designing the Future of Community Media: Solving the Biggest Challenges We Face

Ernesto Aguilar

Description (org capacity)

What does community radio look like in 30 years? Who will lead your organization? How will we recruit, hire and retain the best people we can to steward the resources we today have worked so hard for? And how can we who care, but aren’t sure how or where to start, set up these outlets we love for a brighter future? In this less-slides-more-ideas experience, we’ll solve community media’s biggest dilemmas. Issues as rich as succession to diversity have probably kept you up at night. Convene with others like you. Using our shared experience, curiosity and a lot of Post-Its in this design thinking-inspired huddle, we will vision who leads, what stations will do to become more reflective of their community, more accessible, and more equitable. (Just kidding about slides… you’ll also get tools and downloads to take home with you).

1:45p-3:00p
Breakout Session

Sales and Programming Strategies to Grow Digital Listenership and Revenue

Michael Fischer, Nikki Swarn

Description (revenue)

Everyone’s talking about digital these days. If your station isn’t monetizing digital, you’re leaving money on the table. Learn how to capture those digital dollars from stations that have made it happen. Michael Fisher (AirKast) and Nikki Swarn (KUVO, The Drop) talk about how digital monetization had significant impacts on the bottom line.

1:45p-3:00p
Breakout Session

Representation Matters in Media. The Impact of Including Diverse Women as Journalists and Sources

Kate McCarthy

Description (content)

The news landscape is dominated by white men. Why does that matter and what the Women’s Media Center is doing to raise the visibility, viability, and decision-making power of women and girls in media to ensure that our stories get told and our voices are heard. In the session, we will highlight research to show how women, especially women of color, are missing from news media, and how representation impacts the story that is told.

1:45p-3:00p
Breakout Session

Finding and Retaining Station Talent

Maeve Conran, Nikki Swarn, Ashley Krest, Bryant Liggett

Description (engagement)

Competition for talented staff is fierce. How can community radio leaders find, nurture, and most importantly, retain talent? Learn how Rocky Mountain Community Radio, KUVO, KVNF, and KDUR have done just that through collaboration, structure, and support. Led by Maeve Conran and panelists KP Whalen (Asheville Radio), Becky Meier (KCAW), and Matthew Brown (WTIP).

3:00p-3:45p

Beverage Break

3:45p-5:00p
Breakout Session

The Future of Movement Radio

To Be Announced

Description (org capacity)

Sectors of community radio founded as a result of particular movements – Tribal licensees, HBCUs, LPFM, and college radio – are contending with the same things we all are, but amplified. College radio is losing many licenses; HBCUs are constantly facing threats; LP-FM’s are languishing over hopes of power increases; and Tribal licensees are dependent on reservation governments. This panel discusses the unique challenges of movement radio and where it might go in the future. Panel to be announced.

3:45p-5:00p
Breakout Session *Livestreamed

Reenergizing Off-Air Fundraising – Crowdfunding and Vehicle Donations

Beth Carter, Alyssa Tanner, Amanda Eichstaedt, Mia Johnson

Description (revenue)

Not all fundraising happens on the air. There are lots of ways listeners can support their favorite community radio station in new and exciting ways. Learn how to expand listener support with off air fundraising through crowdfunding and vehicle and land donations. The panel will be led by Beth Carter (CARS) and Alyssa Tanner (KWMR).

3:45p-5:00p
Breakout Session

Podcast Audiences – Who’s Listening?

Gabriel Soto

Description (content)

Today, there are millions of published podcasts, millions of topics discussed, and a record-high 89 million weekly podcast listeners in the U.S. As the podcast audience grows, it is crucial to understand the different topics and genres that power the medium. Join Gabriel Soto from Edison Research, the leading research company in podcasting, as he demonstrates data on how listeners to various podcast genres differ. You’ll walk away from this session understanding not only the most popular genres in podcasting, but how news listeners differ from comedy listeners and other genres. Who are they, how do they listen, and what makes each genre special? Led by Gabriel Soto, Edison Research.

3:45p-5:00p
Breakout Session

Digital Strategy that Works

Tran Vu, Ernesto Aguilar, Tea Wimer

Description (engagement)

Digital strategy – does your station have one? There’s much more to digital than posting on Tik Tok or blogging. In this panel discussion, learn all about digital strategies – why every community radio station should have one, the do’s and don’ts, how to be creative with the resources you have, and more. Led by Tran Vu (NFCB Board) and featuring panelists Ernesto Aguilar (KQED), and Tea Wimer (WMMT).

5:00p-7:00p
Affinity Group Meet Up

Rivendell Users

David Klann

5:00p-7:00p
Affinity Group Meet Up

AIR Media

Keisha Salmon, Lynn Casper

5:00p-7:00p
Affinity Group Meet Up

Public Media For All

PMFA team

5:00p-7:00p
Affinity Group Meet Up

University Licensees

Nathan Moore

FRIDAY JUNE 30

TIME

TITLE

SPEAKER

DESCRIPTION

9:00a-10:15a *Livestreamed

Keynote:  The Equity Project

Keynote Description

Dr. Mosby Tyler and The Equity Project have worked with various clients within the media and radio industry, including Colorado Public Radio, 9news, 5280 Magazine, Comcast, and Dish Network. She was a featured speaker at the 2022 Super Regional National Conference. We are honored to bring Dr. Mosby Tyler to NFBC’s conference.

10:15a-10:45a

Beverage Break

10:45a-12:00p
Breakout Session

Ask the Attorneys

To Be Announced

Description (org capacity)

A panel of attorneys tackle the issues community radio stations face. An excellent opportunity to ask all your burning questions and get the answers you need. Panel and topics to be announced

10:45a-12:00p
Breakout Session

Incorporating Integrated Fundraising to Improve the Member Journey

JC Polk

Description (revenue)

“While the need for integrated fundraising has become as essential as it has ever been, we must remind ourselves that the member journey is one without a port. This session examines the growth funnel and helps you to identify internal marketing tools, their application while revisiting the fundamentals of engagement, integrated, and evergreen campaigns. Depart armed with real world examples and practical strategies. (First 40 participants receive a fundraising resource kit) Immersive, Interactive and based on the Insider’s Guide to Fundraising by Jen Newmeyer.”. Led by JC Polk (NFCB Board Member, TRAC Media, Public Media for All).

10:45a-12:00p
Breakout Session

Trends and Tools for Engaging and Growing Music Listeners

Eva Papp, John Schaeffer, Matt Schaeffer

Description (content)

Music programming and archives have transformed and shifted as listener’s listening habits have changed. Using the right tools can help you to meet music lovers where they are online and on the air. John and Matt Schaefer of Radio Rethink and Eva Papp from Spinitron share insights into developing  trends, new technology, and exciting  tools to grow listener engagement.

10:45a-12:00p
Breakout Session

Fostering Community Connections Through Content

Ryan Conarro, Tea Wimer, Sue Matters, Ida Hakkila

Description (content)

People are at the center of what stations do. Engaging community voices deepens relationships and trust. Learn about some highly successful engagement initiatives that have fostered community through wellness and sonic justice. Panelists Ryan Conarro (Inside Wire) and Tea Wimer (WMMT) talk about cultivating social connection and immediacy between incarcerated people and the world beyond prison walls and how it creates opportunities for personal empowerment and the potential for both personal and systemic transformation. Sue Matters (KWSO) and Ida Hakkila (Radio Kingston) will talk about how prioritizing mental wellness and recovery and providing safe space for healing has impacted their stations and communities.

12:00p-1:30p *Livestreamed

Lunch Plenary – Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Media

Aishah Rashied-Hyman, Sachi Kobiyashi, Ebony Lee, Michelle Faust Raghavan, Tamberly Ferguson

Plenary Description

A Roundtable Conversation with Public Media For All

1:45p-3:00p
Breakout Session

What’s Out There? Open Source Tools and Other Technologies for Radio Stations

David Klann

Description (org capacity)

What’s an open source tool, and how can it make your life easier? What other types of tools are out there for community radio? Explore the world of open source and how stations can expand capacity with Broadcast Tool & Die’s David Klann.

1:45p-3:00p
Breakout Session

CPB: Who They Are and What Do They Do

Sally Kane, CPB Staff (To Be Announced)

Description (revenue)

Established by Congress in the Public Broadcasting Act of 1967, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), has stewarded the federal government’s investment in public radio and television. NFCB’s CEO Sally Kane will lead this conversation with CPB staff to give an overview of the history of CPB, the flow of the funding, and insights into  various field initiatives that CPB supports. You’ll walk away from this session with a deeper understanding of CPB’s place in the public media industry.

1:45p-3:00p
Breakout Session

Exploring Writing for Building Community

Peggy Berryhill, Mark Gross

Description (content)

The KGUA Writers program is a community-driven writing initiative that has been in operation for over three years. The program has around 50 regular writers from a pool of over 200 participants, including many from the local community. The program celebrates diversity while uniting us in our similarities through the power of writing. Participating writers use their own dialect, language, and cultural speak in the program, creating a unique and authentic representation of diverse voices and experiences. Gain valuable insights into the benefits of writing programs like KGUA Writers in building community, the challenges and benefits of running writing initiatives in their own communities, and how to overcome these challenges.

1:45p-3:00p
Breakout Session *Livestreamed

One Small Step: Bridging the Political Divide

Tami Graham, Matt Murphy, Adam Burke

Description (engagement)

America is a country politically divided. Through StoryCorps’ One Small Step initiative, community radio stations have attempted to bridge the political divide and bring people with different views together in conversation to learn and remember the human. Stations will share what they learned through the project, how they engaged listeners, and the stories they’ve shared. Panelists include Tami Graham (KSUT), Matt Murphy (WERU), and Adam Burke (Independent Producer).

10:15a-10:45a

Beverage Break

3:45p-5:00p
Breakout Session

Equity and Fair Practices in Audio

Keisha Salmon, Lynn Casper, Ernesto Aguilar

Description (org capacity)

Your station wants to make a commitment to being more equitable. What does equity and fair practice look like? AIR has established policies around compensation, fair practices, and other standard policies and they’ve leveraged those policies to attract and deepen donor support. Learn how they did it and come away with fresh ideas of how to do something similar at your station.

3:45p-5:00p
Breakout Session

Session To Be Announced

3:45p-5:00p
Breakout Session

Science Essentials for Every Reporter: A Crash Course

Tori Espensen, Emily Mueller

Description (content)

Science may not be your beat, but it’s relevant everywhere. News coverage of climate disasters, COVID, and environmental contamination is stronger when science is included. And even stories you might not expect—about business, education, crime, and politics—can be made more salient with some added scientific expertise and context. But science can be intimidating, especially for journalists on other beats. This session will cover how the scientific process works and why that matters for journalists and content producers; how to scan a scientific paper for information relevant to your story; common pitfalls to avoid when reporting on science; and how to find, understand, and work more effectively with scientist sources.

3:45p-5:00p
Breakout Session *Livestreamed

Making Native Lens and Native Braids

Tami Graham, Darrah Blackwater, Adam Burke, Alex Forsett

Description (engagement)

Native Braids is a series produced by KSUT’s Tribal Media Center. The series features produced vignettes, capturing intimate conversations between Native American youth and elders. Native Lens, produced in collaboration by Rocky Mountain PBS and KSUT Tribal Radio, shares firsthand narratives to increase the visibility of tribal communities and amplify Native voices. This panel discussion will include speakers from both projects sharing how engaging the community to tell Native stories has made a powerful impact. Led by Tami Graham, Adam Burke, Darrah Blackwater, and Alex Forsett.

6:00p-8:00p

Closing Reception

Buell Public Media Center at Rocky Mountain
Public Media

Closing Reception - Join Us!

Featuring remarks from Sally Kane, Timo Russo, and Nikki Swarn