Texas Public Radio

Real. Reliable. Texas Public Radio

aka TPR, KSTX, KPAC, KTXI, KVHL, KTPR, KTPD, KCTI   |   San Antonio, TX   |  www.tpr.org

Mission

Texas Public Radio's mission is to engage in the production and distribution of non-commercial informational, educational, cultural and entertainment content for the people of Texas. Content will be guided by the shared interests of the membership and users of Texas Public Radio media, while adhering to the highest standards of responsible journalism and the values of Texas Public Radio.

Ruling year info

1990

President & CEO

Ms. Joyce Slocum

Main address

321 W. Commerce Street

San Antonio, TX 78205 USA

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EIN

74-2559514

NTEE code info

Radio (A34)

Music (A68)

Adult, Continuing Education (B60)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

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TPR strives to be a real, reliable source of news and information by presenting balanced, researched and timely reporting that keeps listeners and viewers informed of what is going on in our community, our state, our nation and the world. TPR also provides soothing classical music as an oasis from the heavy hearts and crowded minds that occasionally occur within the community of the informed. We sponsor community events of various genres including cultural, educational, entertainment, and informational to further delight and stimulate the intellectually curious in our service area. Those are described in the Bronze section under Programs and Maps.

Our programs

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

KSTX 89.1

This station broadcasts public radio's premier news, information and entertainment to the San Antonio area. Its weekday schedule is composed largely of programs produced and/or distributed by NPR, APM and the BBC. News and information of particular interest to those in the city of San Antonio and the surrounding areas is provided 4 days a week on "The Source," a live one hour, call-in talk show produced by TPR. Matters of state and regional interest are covered by "Texas Matters," a TPR-produced weekly half-hour program and "Fronteras," that explores the changing culture and demographics of the region with emphasis on Latino and Native American Life and border issues affecting politics, social order, economics and the environmental landscape. KSTX played a lead role in establishing the NPR/Texas Hub (formerly the Texas Station Collaborative) through which public radio stations in Texas share technology and resources to produce insightful news coverage featuring Texans telling the stories of Texas locally, regionally and on the national stage. "Texas Standard," the daily news show of Texas, is co-produced with KUT in Austin, KERA in Dallas-Ft. Worth and Houston Public Media. The American Homefront project features reporting on military life and veteran's issues. Our stories are broadcast on our partner stations -- North Carolina Public Radio (WUNC), Southern California Public Radio (KPCC), WUSF - Tampa, KPBS - San Diego, Texas Public Radio, and North Country Public Radio in upstate New York. Its stories are broadcast on our partner stations -- North Carolina Public Radio (WUNC), Southern California Public Radio (KPCC), WUSF - Tampa, KPBS - San Diego, and North Country Public Radio in upstate New York. StoryCorps South Texas presents the oral histories of our community. Recorded at the StoryCorps mobile booth, each story is archived at the Library of Congress, and select interviews are broadcast on KSTX and other TPR news stations.

Population(s) Served

KPAC specializes in broadcasting classical music and fine arts information to the San Antonio metro and south Texas areas. TPR utilizes the services of Classical 24, a nationally syndicated service, to fulfill the majority of KPAC's programming. Locally originated programs include
"Classical Connections," a new daily 2 hour live and local broadcast from the KPAC studios, that connects listeners with the best of classical music from around the globe and local listening opportunities. "Classics a la Carte" is an interactive request program on Friday nights."Performance Saturday" is a show dedicated to local concert recordings. Local reporters and producers also contribute news and information about regional artists and events both on air and at tpr.org.

Population(s) Served

TPR partners with scores of non-profit organizations in its communities to present a variety of events open to the public, including cinema, music, and other cultural events; informational events such as "Silver Solutions," a free public event spotlighting programs and services that support seniors and their caregivers; community services activities, such as park clean-up days; community forums such as "Think Science" and "Worth Repeating"designed to educate and enlighten the public. "When I Grow Up" is a family event featuring a host of mentors sharing their stories, tools, and experience with children and young teens. "Sounds Like KPAC" is a talent competition that encourages and celebrates the talented young musicians and artists in our listening area, culminating in the opportunity for the winners to share their work at a public event. The event offers an opportunity for junior high and high school students ages 13-19 to share how KPAC 88.3 FM inspires them to create.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Our results

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How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Listeners KSTX

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

KSTX 89.1

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Number is the prior 13-month average from September of that year and the previous 13 months of measurement, averaged.

Total Development Revenue

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

This includes dollars contributed by members and funds received from awarded grants in each fiscal year, 10/1-9/30. For 2016, it also includes dollars contributed by business members.

Total Underwriting Dollars Received

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

These numbers respresent the total underwriting dollars received in each fiscal year, from 10/1-9/30.

Members

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The number shows the highest total number of members in a fiscal year, 10/1 - 9/30. The number of members for 2017 is an educated estimate.

Listeners KPAC

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

KPAC 88.3

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Number is the prior 13-month average from September of that year and the previous 13 months of measurement, averaged.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

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

To be the most trusted and reliable source of news in Texas.

To deliver programming and content that is relevant and engaging to diverse audiences.

To enter into and sustain smart collaborations that are force multipliers.

To serve as an indispensable community analyst.

To ensure robust funding for our future.

TPR facility serves as a platform for community engagement.

TPR has 4 Strategic Anchors that will inform every decision and differentiate TPR from the competition.

(1) Quality content: Does it meet our definition of quality?

(2) Good for Communities: Is it good for our communities?

(3) Strategic Investment: Does it represent a strategic investment of resources?

(4) True to our Brand: Is it true to the TPR brand?

We're committed to San Antonio and surrounding areas, where we operate seven non-commercial radio stations. KPAC 88.3 FM and KSTX 89.1 FM broadcast to San Antonio and South Central Texas. KTXI 90.1 FM broadcasts to the West Central Hill Country. KTPR 89.9 FM broadcasts to Snyder and the Big Country. KVHL 91.7 FM broadcasts to the Highland Lakes region. KTPD 89.3 FM broadcasts to Del Rio. KCTI 1450 AM broadcasts to Gonzales. Listeners may listen via the TPR app as well as access content online anytime from anywhere without cost or other barriers to entry.

We have been in San Antonio since 1988. TPR has grown from 30 employees to 52 in the last nine years at a time when many media organizations have been reducing both staff and coverage of local issues. We engage 3-4 paid interns each year. Our news department is ever expanding and we now have seven positions dedicated to local coverage in the priority beats of Arts & Culture, BioScience & Medicine, Border and Immigration, Education, Local Government, Military & Veterans, and Technology & Entrepreneurship.

TPR moved to its new offices to the historic Alameda Theater complex on the San Pedro Creek in the Zona Cultural in January 2020. TPR's new home will facilitate expanded local news coverage by permitting the addition of more staff and enhancing available technologies. A 'storefront' studio, an amphitheater, performance space and a high-profile location connects TPR literally and directly to heart of the community.

We have developed content that is relevant and engaging to diverse audiences on-air and online such as The Source, Texas Matters, Fronteras, Petrie Dish (a coronavirus-focused podcast) World Music, and Classical Connections. This is also true of our community outreach events, including Worth Repeating, Think Science, Silver Solutions, When I Grow Up, Cinema Tuesdays and Sounds like KPAC. Smart collaborations are in place that are force multipliers such as the Texas Newsroom, a collaboration between Texas’ largest stations and NPR, in which public radio stations in Texas share technology and resources to produce stories featuring Texans telling the stories of Texas locally, regionally and on the national stage. Generation Listen is an affinity group that connects TPR to a young audience that shares our passion for creating a more informed and civically-engaged public, continues to curate events for its young, diverse audience. We serve daily as an indispensable community catalyst through our focused local reporting on issues important to our community. We also hosted live mayoral debates in 2017 and 2019. To ensure robust funding for our future, TPR continues to build a strategic web of new grant opportunities and to educate supporters on the efficiency and effectiveness of becoming sustaining members and making payments by EFT.

In March 2020, we relocated to the heart of San Antonio on the banks of the San Pedro Creek in the Irma & Emilio Nicolas Media Center. A prominent feature of the new facility will be the Carlos and Malú Alvarez Theater, a black box theater, central to TPR’s vision for eventually convening community conversations, and hosting political forums and cultural performances in a prominent and accessible location. However, the 2020 coronavirus pandemic led TPR to consider new and innovative ways of reaching audiences beyond the broadcast signal, and many of our signature events such as “Think Science” and “Worth Repeating” were successfully held online. TPR is now planning live events such as concerts and community programming that will allow audiences to enjoy and learn while safely maintaining physical distance from one another.

Three seasons of TPR’s “Live At Jazz, TX” program will be offered to stations nationwide as syndicated programming, and the TPR brand is increasingly recognizable as demonstrated by NPR’s acquisition of TPR-produced reports. We're building that statewide network by the addition of three new stations, one each in 2015, 2016 and 2017 and through our two year leadership role in forming the Texas Newsroom. These achievements are all part of our effort to become the most trusted and reliable source of news in Texas. The to date success can be measured by (1) a substantial number of awards recognizing excellence in journalism from 2018 to 2020,

How we listen

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Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    SMS text surveys, Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Community meetings/Town halls, Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees, Suggestion box/email,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

Financials

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Operations

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

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Texas Public Radio

Board of directors
as of 6/10/2020
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Board chair

Ms. Barb Alexander

Community volunteer

Term: 2019 - 2020

Jelynne LeBlanc Burley

Executive Director - The Center for Health Care Services

Elizabeth Conklyn

Retired HR Executive & Community Volunteer

Katy Flato

Community Volunteer

Victoria Garcia

Managing Partner, Bracewell & Giuliani LLP

Alan Petlin

Owner, Alan Petlin Gourmet Floors

G.P. Singh

Entrepreneur & Community Volunteer

Brandi Vitier

Executive VP, Private Banking, The Bank of San Antonio

Lori Castillo

VP of Marketing, NS Brands, LTD

Dan Goodgame

Editor in Chief, Texas Monthly

Maria Tamez

Consultant/External Affairs Advisor

Tim Watt

Retired SVP & General Couhnsel, Zachary Corporation

Derick Fletcher

Business Analytics & Administration - Capital Group

Mitch Sowards

President , General Partner Entrust Technology

Rick Soat

Senior Manager, BDO

Debra Guerrero

VP, Governmental Affairs, The NRP Group LLC

Lamont Jefferson

Commercial Litigation Partner, Jefferson Cano Allison Barkley, PLLC

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and 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 and 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