Arts, Culture, and Humanities

WAMC

aka WAMC Northeast Public Radio

Albany, NY

Mission

WAMC is chartered by the New York State Board of Regents to "furnish, prepare and present non-profit and non-commercial educational, instructional and cultural radio programs and also non-profit and non-commercial programs (including without limitation, chamber and folk music programs and forums on public affairs) for live audiences which may also be broadcast."

WAMC, Northeast Public Radio, chartered by the NYS Board of Regents in 1984, is a non-commercial, public radio station. With stations and translators in 28 locations throughout the Northeast, WAMC's listening area reaches parts of seven states, including New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and New Hampshire; as well as parts of Canada.

Ruling Year

1992

President & CEO

Dr. Alan S. Chartock Ph.D.

Main Address

318 Central Ave

Albany, NY 12206 USA

Keywords

Public Radio

EIN

22-2400593

 Number

3329985651

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Radio (A34)

Performing Arts Centers (A61)

Media, Communications Organizations (A30)

IRS Filing Requirement

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve New!

To provide access to essential day-to-day information on subjects that directly impact the quality of peoples lives: the words and actions of their government leaders, the economy, education, health, science, the environment, and cultural activities in their communities.

Our programs

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

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Program Overview

Earth Wise

51%

The Academic Minute

Where we workNew!

Our Results

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one. These quantitative program results are self-reported by the organization, illustrating their committment to transparency, learning, and interest in helping the whole sector learn and grow.

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Number of broadcast audience members

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Population(s) served

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Context notes

Sources: Nielsen Fall 2015-Fall 2017 Books, NPR Listener Profile 2017

Number of unique podcast audience members

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Population(s) served

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Context notes

Unique Annual Audience: Unique audience members who downloaded one or more episodes of a podcast show during the year

Number of donors retained

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Number of new donors

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Charting Impact

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

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What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?

What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

How will they know if they are making progress?

What have and haven't they accomplished so far?

To provide the community with objective, relevant information through educational and news radio programming.

In addition to programming provided by NPR, to which WAMC subscribes, the station is one of the most prolific producers of original public radio style programming in the country. WAMC produces and broadcasts nine locally aired programs, including The Roundtable, which is a multi-award winning, nationally recognized, eclectic talk program. Airing weekdays, the program features news, interviews, in-depth discussion, listener call-ins, music and much more. The Roundtable tackles both serious and lighthearted subjects, looking to explore the many facets of the human condition with civility, respect and responsibility. Other locally aired programs include Live at The Linda, Medical Monday, The Hudson River Sampler, Mid-Day Magazine, Northeast Report, Tim Coakley's Jazz Show, Vox Pop, and WAMC Bluegrass Time.

WAMC also produces nine nationally-syndicated programs which are broadcast by hundreds of radio stations throughout North America and on Armed Forces Radio. Earth Wise is a two-minute segment designed to build environmental awareness by educating the general public about issues related to the changing environment. The Academic Minute brings cutting edge academic research from around the world to a broad audience in an engaging, 2.5 minute segment. 51% is a twenty-five minute program that educates the general public about issues related to women and society on a variety of topics—the environment, healthcare, our children, politics, the arts—anything that concerns citizens of the global community. Other nationally syndicated programs include Person, Place, Thing, The Best of our Knowledge, The Book Show, The Capitol Connection, The Legislative Gazette, and The Media Project.

WAMC broadcasts twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week with a schedule of non-commercial news, information, music, and cultural programming. With a mission to provide the community with objective, relevant information through educational and news radio programming, WAMC has, for 30+ years, also consistently demonstrated a strong commitment to the arts. In addition to programming provided by NPR, to which WAMC subscribes, the station produces and broadcasts nine locally-aired programs as well as nine nationally-syndicated programs (which are broadcast by hundreds of radio stations throughout North America).

WAMC broadcasts a total of 16 music programs; several are produced by WAMC, such as Live at The Linda, Hudson River Sampler, Tim Coakley Jazz Show, and WAMC Bluegrass Time. Others are nationally-syndicated programs such as Thistle and Shamrock, Afropop Worldwide, and Grateful Dead Hour. WAMC's award-winning talk radio program, The Roundtable, regularly invites artists such as creative writers, film artists, dancers, and many more, to the program to discuss their art.

The Linda's public programs also satisfy the organization's mission to provide programming that reflects the diversity of both its live and listening audiences. The Linda's programming reflects artistic excellence through a commitment to presenting top-quality artists. It also has a special interest in developing and advancing new or emerging artists.

WAMC tracks progress through collecting data on listeners and attendees. Radio audience demographics are compiled from two sources; the first is a study of public radio audiences by GfK Mediamark Research & Intelligence, and the second is the Neilson (Arbitron) report, which assembles listener data on radio broadcasting audiences for specific stations. Audience data from concert, performance and educational programming at The Linda comes from ticket sales and head counts at events.

WAMC has been awarded numerous New York State Broadcasters Association Awards, New York State Associated Press Awards, and Communicator Awards and has been nominated for countless other awards throughout their 60 year history. WAMC continues to assess programming based on the ever changing needs and concerns of local, regional and national importance.

External Reviews

Affiliations & Memberships

National Public Radio

Financials

WAMC

Fiscal year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Board Leadership Practices

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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

Yes

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?

Yes

Organizational Demographics

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Gender

Race & Ethnicity

Sexual Orientation

This organization reports that it does not collect this information for Board Members, Senior Staff, Full-Time Staff and Part-Time Staff.

Disability

Diversity Strategies

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