Inside NHPR
11:23 am
Mon January 13, 2014

Help Shape Your Listening: Join The Sounding Board

The  enrollment period for new CAB members is now closed.  NHPR is no longer accepting applications. 

You listen, you support - now you can help shape NHPR!

Our Community Advisory Board, called “The Sounding Board,” is a panel of dedicated listeners from across the state that allows us to gather meaningful feedback about our programming, policies and services.

We rely on a Community Advisory Board to give the station regular feedback on our programs, Trustee decisions, and the needs of our audience.

If you are interested in applying to become a member of the Sounding Board, the next open enrollment period will be in January 2015. If you have any questions, please contact us at (603) 223-2450 or email rkates@nhpr.org.

Some frequently asked questions about our Community Advisory Board:

Q: What does the Community Advisory Board do?

A: The role of the Community Advisory Board is to provide feedback on programming, policies, new initiatives and services. By expanding to 40 participants we hope that this re-launched Community Advisory Board – “The Sounding Board” – will be more representative of the communities we serve.

Q: How will the Sounding Board be chosen?

A: We are asking people to submit an application so that we can create an advisory board that represents a broad range of demographics, including geography and experience. The Sounding Board will have a steering committee composed of three members of the panel, one member of the NHPR Board of Trustees, and Michael Rathke, Program Director. This steering committee will be responsible for helping to develop the agendas, will make annual reports to the Board of Trustees and will choose the next Sounding Board members.

Q: What kind of commitment will members of the Sounding Board be agreeing to?

A: The Sounding Board will meet twice a year, once in Concord and once in another region; off site meeting locations will rotate annually. Sounding Board members will be elected for one three-year term and be eligible to serve a second term.

Q: What will happen at The Sounding Board meetings?

A: Meetings will begin in the morning at 9:00 am with comments from Betsy Gardella, NHPR’s President/CEO, followed by an education session presented by members of the NHPR staff. The Sounding Board will then discuss a particular topic or issue for the remainder of the meeting. You will be asked to do some homework before the meeting based on that topic or issue. For example, if we are developing a new show, you might be asked to listen to pilot segments and provide feedback; or if we were launching a new digital initiative, we might ask you to “road-test” it in advance. The meetings will be moderated by a professional facilitator who will guide the discussion and provide a report afterwards. When the meeting is over, you will be served lunch. The meetings should conclude by 1:00 pm.

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