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The Sounding Board
NHPR proudly announces the formation of our new Community Advisory Board, called “The Sounding Board”. By expanding our panel of listeners and including more people from across the state, it will be significantly more representative of the communities we serve and will allow us to gather more meaningful feedback about our programming, policies and services.
NHPR relies on a Community Advisory Board who give the station regular feedback on our programs, Trustee decisions, and the needs of our audience.
[The Sounding Board application period has ended for 2013; the list of members will be updated when the new board is chosen.]
NHPR's Community Advisory Board
Anne Ward /Monadnock
Barbara Arnold /North Country
Benjamin R. Cole /Upper Valley
Christopher Killam /Upper Valley
Dylan Haigh /Seacoast
Emilie Burack /Capitol Region
Grey Chynoweth /Manchester
Iris Estabrook /Seacoast
Janet Levenson /Manchester
Joan Connacher /Southern Tier
John Moynihan /Southern Tier
Joshua Robinson /Capitol Region
Kate Luczko /Manchester
Kristy Martino /Seacoast
Marilyn Learner /Southern Tier
Mary Lou Krambeer /North Country
Matt Stearns /North Country
Maura Adams /Capitol Region
Morey Stettner /Seacoast
Paul W. Gumbs /Lakes Region
Phil LaMoreaux /Capitol/Sunapee
Richard Grant /Southern Tier
Richard Grogan /Monadnock
Samantha Brann /Seacoast
Sharon Eng /Capitol Region
Terry Heinzmann /Manchester
Virginia Davidson /Capitol Region
Will Tourtellot /Southern Tier
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 Abby Goldstein, VP for Programming. 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.