Music Discovery in Public Radio

Music and cultural programming drive social change and community engagement in important ways, and public radio plays a crucial part by reaching younger, more diverse audiences and sparking local conversations and connections. We held a special discussion with key funders, public radio station managers and musicians about non-commercial radio’s role in reflecting, shaping and cultivating community; and explored why funders are supporting this evolving media format.

Last year, we heard about vibrant developments in the field including powerful station collaborations and cutting-edge initiatives. This year, we checked in with a couple of projects and heard about exciting new opportunities and challenges. Among participants, we heard from Jarl Mohn, president and CEO of NPR, and Roger LaMay from Philadelphia’s preeminent musical discovery station WXPN, home of World Cafe Live.

Read our Storify from the day.

This high-energy session preceded WXPN’s annual NON-COMMvention.

Read our wrap up from the 2014 convening.