The Sounding Board

NHPR’s Community Advisory Board, called “The Sounding Board,” is a panel of listeners from across the state, representative of the communities we serve, and allows us to gather meaningful feedback about our programming, policies and services.

NHPR relies 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

NHPR's Community Advisory Board

Maura Adams / Capitol
Teri Bordenave / North Country
Jamie Bourgeois / Southern Tier
Frank Brookshire / Manchester
Johannah Brown / Lakes
Scott B. Brown / Lakes
Emilie Burack / Capitol
Gray Chynoweth / Manchester
Benjamin R. Cole / Upper Valley
Joan Connacher / Southern Tier
Jaimie Crawford / North Country
Virginia Davidson / Capitol
Richard Grant / Southern Tier
John Greene / Southern Tier
Richard Grogan / Monadnock
Paul W. Gumbs / Lakes
Dylan Haigh / Seacoast
Terry Heinzmann / Manchester
Christopher Killam / Upper Valley
Mary Lou Krambeer / North Country
Phil LaMoreaux / Capitol
Marilyn Learner / Southern Tier
Kate Luczko / Manchester
John Moynihan / Southern Tier
Melinda Payson / Capitol
Laura N. Peach / Manchester
Joshua Robinson / Capitol
Matt Stearns / North Country
Morey Stettner / Seacoast
Anne Ward / Monadnock
Janet Zeller / Capitol

Frequently Asked Questions:

Q: Why does NHPR need a Community Advisory Board?

A: Not only is it a requirement of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, but NHPR recognizes the importance of obtaining constructive feedback on a consistent basis from the people we serve.

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. And 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 at the NHPR studios in Concord. 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. Lunch is provided. The meetings should conclude by 2:00 pm.