WERU Community Radio has been selected to participate in a grant initiative funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) and administered by the National Federation of Community Broadcasters (NFCB) that will work with 10 public radio stations serving rural communities as part of NFCB’s “Community Counts” initiative.
The “Community Counts” initiative is designed to help community-based stations enhance local content creation, increase audience engagement, grow revenue and expand services. With CPB’s support, NFCB will provide training, mentorship and technical assistance to help strengthen these ten stations’ organizational capacities as well as diversify their revenue streams. NFCB will also create toolkits and share best practices tohelp other small community broadcasters achieve long-term sustainability.
WERU’s work with “Community Counts” will be around engaging people under 45 years of age (a goal of many nonprofit organizations in Maine) as listeners, donors, volunteers and leaders of the radio station. WERU has over 100 volunteers who produce radio programming – both music and spoken-word – and another 100 individuals volunteering behind the scenes. We would like to expand this volunteer community. By participating in this initiative, the radio station is ensuring that it will be a community media service well into the future.
For more information please contact Matt Murphy, WERU General Manager, at email@example.com or 469-6600.
(Photo: WERU Volunteers JimCampbell (l) and Jim Bahoosh (r) interviewing Inuit throat singing duo Tarniriik during our live broadcast of the 2017 American Folk Festival in Bangor.)