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WAMC

aka WAMC Northeast Public Radio   |   Albany, NY   |  http://www.wamc.org
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WAMC

EIN: 22-2400593


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 1981, 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 info

1992

President & CEO

Dr. Alan S. Chartock Ph.D.

Main address

318 Central Ave

Albany, NY 12206 USA

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EIN

22-2400593

Subject area info

Performing arts

Communication media

Radio

Population served info

Adults

NTEE code info

Radio (A34)

Performing Arts Centers (A61)

Media, Communications Organizations (A30)

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Program Overview

WAMC, chartered by the NYS Board of Regents in 1981, 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. With over 500,000 monthly listeners, WAMC ranks among the most-listened-to public radio stations in the United States.

The station broadcasts twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week with a schedule of news, information, music, and cultural 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 nine nationally-syndicated programs which are broadcast by hundreds of radio stations throughout North America and on Armed Forces Radio.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Earth Wise is an original, 2-minute, daily radio program designed to build environmental awareness by educating the general public about issues related to the changing environment. This program, offered at no cost to the public, fills the gap between scientifically based conservation information and the general public.

Human society contributes to changes in the environment with most things we do. The cars we drive, the food we eat, the resources we consume, and the places where we live and work all have a great impact on our environment. And, in turn, these ongoing changes have a great impact on us and the other living things with which we share the planet.

Population(s) Served
Adults

In America, women make up more than half the population. Worldwide, women are expected to outnumber men within the next fifty years. While every issue that women face is one that affects us all, there remains a lack of awareness about women’s perspectives.

Hosted by Jesse King, 51% offers a critical exploration of topics presented via a variety of voices and multiple points of view. Dunne examines a wide sweep of subjects, drawing from events in the news and current research. She engages listeners with insightful investigations of 2-3 relevant issues per 25-minute segment. Issues of equality, motherhood, career, and reproductive rights have been explored with objectivity; recent stories have ranged from sexual assault on college campuses to Japanese subculture that focuses on girls and women.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The Academic Minute brings cutting edge academic research from around the world to the general public in a short, engaging radio segment. Aired to a diverse, national and international audience, this program effectively bridges the gap between scholarly study and the general public. Designed to heighten awareness of and stimulate interest in current issues from a variety of disciplines, it demonstrates the relevance of academic research to social, economic, historic and scientific challenges.

Currently aired to 500,000 monthly listeners in the Northeast each weekday, The Academic Minute also has a strong, interactive presence online and on social media. Furthermore, the program is nationally-syndicated and is currently carried by 68 radio stations throughout North America.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Awards

Lifetime Achievement Award to Alan Chartock, President & CEO 2020

The New York State Associated Press Association

Affiliations & memberships

National Public Radio

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Number of broadcast audience members

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

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Sources: Nielson Spring 2022 Book, Nielson Spring 2021 and 2020 Books, Nielson Fall 2019 Books, Nielson Spring 2018 Books, Nielsen Fall 2015-Fall 2017 Books, NPR Listener Profile 2017

Number of unique podcast audience members

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Total number of annual podcast episode streams/downloads. WAMC now produces 18 podcasts. Note: 2020&21 reported unique listeners to a podcast, omitting individual episode streams/downloads.

Number of donors retained

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Annual number of active donors/members

Number of new donors

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn more about Sustainable Development Goals.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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 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 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.

2022 Awards
WAMC received a Regional Edward R. Murrow Award in the category News Documentary for its Oral History of the Capitol Siege.

New York State Broadcasters Association - 2022
WAMC is the proud recipient of three Excellence in Broadcasting Awards in the 56th annual New York State Broadcasters Association contest.

Outstanding Election Coverage, for coverage of elections in Pittsfield and North Adams

Outstanding Live Local Coverage, for coverage of the summer standoff between demonstrators and Albany Police outside a downtown police station

Outstanding Podcast, for "A New York Minute in History."

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    WAMC reaches listeners in 7 states and parts of Canada - including New York, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania with radio broadcasting, but can also be heard on the WAMC app and over the internet online. Most listeners fall into the 25 and up age groups. The male to female ratio is about equal.

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

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees, Suggestion box/email,

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

    To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    Due to advisory board and community feedback, WAMC has begun hosting more diverse live events at The Linda (WAMC's performing arts venue). Bringing back film screenings, comedy, author talks and local art program presentations.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.),

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

Financials

WAMC
Fiscal year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
NET GAIN/LOSS:    in 
Note: When component data are not available, the graph displays the total Revenue and/or Expense values.

Liquidity in 2021 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

9.36

Average of 4.22 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2021 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

5.6

Average of 4.1 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2021 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

19%

Average of 19% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

Source: IRS Form 990 info

WAMC

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

This snapshot of WAMC’s financial trends applies Nonprofit Finance Fund® analysis to data hosted by GuideStar. While it highlights the data that matter most, remember that context is key – numbers only tell part of any story.

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Business model indicators

Profitability info 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $1,151,577 $1,503,950 $797,686 $866,033 $2,409,955
As % of expenses 17.6% 21.0% 11.3% 12.4% 35.8%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $746,568 $998,927 $315,739 $402,437 $1,916,394
As % of expenses 10.7% 13.1% 4.2% 5.4% 26.5%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $7,591,157 $8,562,244 $7,922,709 $7,900,851 $8,926,551
Total revenue, % change over prior year 7.1% 12.8% -7.5% -0.3% 13.0%
Program services revenue 43.4% 39.3% 42.9% 37.2% 26.0%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.2% 0.2% 0.3% 0.6% 0.5%
Government grants 6.3% 5.3% 6.0% 7.3% 15.1%
All other grants and contributions 49.8% 50.7% 44.9% 50.8% 54.0%
Other revenue 0.3% 4.5% 5.9% 4.2% 4.3%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $6,557,664 $7,147,627 $7,054,360 $6,993,292 $6,739,406
Total expenses, % change over prior year 1.7% 9.0% -1.3% -0.9% -3.6%
Personnel 53.1% 54.7% 54.8% 53.7% 55.7%
Professional fees 2.0% 1.2% 1.1% 1.3% 1.2%
Occupancy 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.2%
All other expenses 44.9% 44.1% 44.1% 45.0% 43.0%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Total expenses (after depreciation) $6,962,673 $7,652,650 $7,536,307 $7,456,888 $7,232,967
One month of savings $546,472 $595,636 $587,863 $582,774 $561,617
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $0 $658,700
Fixed asset additions $0 $1,477,948 $0 $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $7,509,145 $9,726,234 $8,124,170 $8,039,662 $8,453,284

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Months of cash 4.1 4.0 4.4 6.8 5.6
Months of cash and investments 6.2 6.1 6.5 8.9 11.4
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 6.4 5.9 6.7 7.8 11.6
Balance sheet composition info 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Cash $2,259,337 $2,396,943 $2,587,757 $3,953,482 $3,164,518
Investments $1,147,753 $1,238,782 $1,255,999 $1,238,251 $3,211,565
Receivables $549,452 $576,875 $574,313 $437,262 $501,747
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $11,372,950 $12,671,348 $13,011,023 $13,311,566 $13,732,851
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 61.4% 57.7% 59.9% 62.0% 63.7%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 7.6% 9.0% 8.2% 12.9% 5.9%
Unrestricted net assets $7,866,764 $8,865,691 $9,181,430 $9,583,867 $11,500,261
Temporarily restricted net assets $0 $0 $0 N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 $0 $0 N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Total net assets $7,866,764 $8,865,691 $9,181,430 $9,583,867 $11,500,261

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Material data errors No No No No No

Operations

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

Documents
Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

President & CEO

Dr. Alan S. Chartock Ph.D.

Dr. Alan Chartock is the President and CEO of WAMC/Northeast Public Radio, Professor Emeritus at the University at Albany, and Executive Publisher and Project Director of the Legislative Gazette, the newspaper of New York's state government. He hosts the weekly Capitol Connection series, heard on public radio stations around New York State. Dr. Chartock is Executive Producer of WAMC's National Productions, appears each week on the station's Media Project, and offers commentary on other programs such as Midday Magazine. His syndicated column on politics appears in newspapers throughout New York State and a second column, I Publius, appears in The Berkshire Eagle each Saturday. He has received numerous awards and also received an honorary Doctorate of Public Service degree from the Sage Colleges and an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters degree from Western New England College. He is the author of Me and Mario Cuomo: Conversations in Candor (1995).

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

WAMC

Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Compensation
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Highest paid employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Board of directors
as of 01/17/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
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Board co-chair

Mrs. Dorothy Reynolds

Retired Professor

Term: 2021 - 2024


Board co-chair

Ms. Anne Erickson

Massage Therapist

Term: 2022 - 2025

Mary Ballou

Administrative Assistant

Alan Chartock

President & CEO, WAMC

Robert Norris

Educator

Janet Axlerod

Attorney

Ira Fusfeld

Publisher

Will Little

Businessman

Roger Phillips

Artist

Dan Bazile

Broadcaster

Dottie Reynolds

Hudson Valley Community College

Anthony Capece

Central Avenue Business Improvement District

David Ford

Albany Medical Center

Kevin O'Connor

FirstLight Fiber

Blair Horner

Exec. Dir.

Sandy Waxgiser

Anne Erickson

Massage Therapist

Joseph Browdy

Atty Retired

JP Miller

Principal, Empire Report

Malcolm Nance

Reired Navel Intelligence

Michael Spain

Journalist, retired

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/12/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 01/12/2023

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.

Contractors

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