2017 Community Media Conference

The schedule for the 2019 conference features tracks on content, revenue, engagement, and organizational capacity. There are three intensives, six break out sessions, two keynotes, and a number of informal topic-focused sessions to meet your needs. Full session descriptions are linked from the session title. Register here for the 2019 conference.

Monday, July 17

9:00-12:00 – Intensives

Raising a Community Station

Money Doesn’t Grow On Trees

Making Your Music Station Sing

Covering Your Community

Community Media Summits

Rural Station Summit

Native Station Summit

LPFM Summit

5:00-7:00 – Opening Reception

7-10: Radio Rethink Happy Hour Meet Up

Tuesday, July 18

7:30-8:45 – Breakfast Discussions

Program Directors

College Radio


9:00-10:15 – Keynote

Changing the Conversation: How Community Media Meets the New American Majority

10:15-10:45 – Beverage Break

10:45-12:00 – Breakout Sessions





More Than Storytelling: Creating Programming that Prompts Conversation

Legal Roundtable on Community Media

Leading A Successful Online Fundraising Campaign

The Next Web: Reimagining Your Station’s Online Presence

12:00-1:00 – Lunch

1:00-2:15 – Plenary

Managing Rapid Change in Our Industry and in Our Organizations

2:15-3:30 – Breakout Sessions

Inspiring Volunteers to Create Listener-Friendly Radio

Curating, Interpreting and Using Data to Express Impact

Resources for A Great Pledge Drive

I’m Not Ira Glass: Community Media Podcasting for Everyone

3:30-4:00 – Beverage Break

4:00-5:15 – Breakout Sessions

Amplifying Stations Through Music Identity and Tastemaking

Connecting with Listeners through Video, Social and Events

Social Media for Fundraising and Audience Engagement

Digital Security for Community Media Journalists

5:30-6:30 – Membership Meeting

6:30-7:30 – Affiliate Meetings & Task Forces



Working Group: Community Radio, Digital Audio Asset Management

Native Voice One

New Construction Permit (CP) Holders

8:00-10:00 – Denver Open Media Tour

Wednesday, July 19

7:30-8:45 – Breakfast Discussions

News Directors/Producers

Volunteer Relations

NPR Members & Affiliates

9:00-10:15 – Keynote

How Nonprofit Journalism Meets the Challenge: Lessons from Standing Rock

10:15-10:45 – Beverage Break

10:45-12:00 – Breakout Sessions

You Talk, We Listen: Journalism from the Native Perspective

Cultural and Generational Shifts and Community Media

Legal Issues in the Evolving Underwriting Climate

Improving Content Promotion, Donations and Sponsorships

12:00-1:00 – Lunch

1:00-2:15 – Plenary

Inclusivity and Media: How Can Community Media Move the Dial on Equity and Justice?

2:15-3:30 – Breakout Sessions

Creating Collaborative Community Radio News

Advocacy and Community Engagement in the Trump Era

The CPB Community Service Grant Program in Uncertain Times

The Ins and Outs of Digital Music Libraries

3:30-4:00 – Beverage Break

4:00-5:15 – Breakout Sessions

Music Rights and Wrongs: The Practical and Ethical Questions

Empowering Youth in Radio

Past the Mic: An Introduction to Station Budgets and Finance

Low Power FM Operations and Strategy

6:00-8:00 – NFCB Awards Banquet