Louisville Public Media (LPM) is an independent, community supported not-for-profit corporation serving our Louisville metropolitan area with three distinct public radio stations and a newly established investigative unit: 89.3 WFPL News provides local, national and international news, public affairs and cultural programming; Classical 90.5 WUOL is our city’s only classical music and fine arts radio station; 91.9 WFPK Radio Louisville showcases independent, alternative music and an array of musical genres; and the newly established Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting (KyCIR) shines the light of accountability on the people and institutions in power.
The stations sustain more than 200,000 weekly listeners who share a desire for rigorous, independent journalism, long-form coverage of local news and culture, insight into national and international issues, and a breadth of musical exploration. LPM broadcasts 24/7 and provides a full spectrum of digital offerings. LPM also serves as a community convener for public affairs, civil discourse, and culture. It presents public panels and free public concerts, and leverages community resources through partnerships and media sponsorships.
Louisville Public Media is intent on filling the alarming void in local and regional accountability journalism and cultural programming. It endeavors to give the people of Louisville and its neighboring counties the education, information and cultural enrichment needed to boost their quality of life and motivate them to become active, participatory citizens.
The local community provides 93% of the funding for Louisville Public Media: including 50% from area businesses, 37% from membership, and 3% from grants. We receive no state support. Federal funding from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting accounts for 7% of the annual budget.
Louisville Public Media is the fiscal agent for the Kentucky Public Radio Network (a collaboration of seven public radio stations across the state), providing state-wide leadership and content to a combined audience of nearly 475,000.
OUR THREE STATIONS
89.3 WFPL NEWS
Louisville’s NPR News Station is the trusted source for independent, fact-based news. We offer 24/7 local, national and international news, culture, and public affairs. As other media outlets narrow their scope and reduce local coverage, we are working to expand the breadth of local news and give voice to multiple perspectives. We know that local news informs, engages, and draws a community together. Take part in the conversation online and on-air. wfpl.org
Classical 90.5 WUOL
Louisville’s Fine Arts Station gives life to our city’s cultural community. With 24/7 classical music and fine arts features, interviews and event listings we offer a unique local connection. We champion area artists and cultural institutions and we offer an escape from our raucous world with music that feeds the soul and expertise that illuminates the art. Join us online and in the studio for free performances by local and visiting artists on Lunchtime Classics.
Radio Louisville is our region’s award-winning hub for independent, adult alternative music and American gems like jazz and bluegrass. WFPK introduces you to significant new music, connects you to Louisville’s best and plays your long-time favorites for an eclectic mix that can’t be heard anywhere else. We nurture local, regional, and national artists, and explore their music with you 24/7. WFPK is an interactive community on air, online, and at our live performances. Visit our studio each week for our free Live Lunch®. wfpk.org
The Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting is a nonprofit, nonpartisan newsroom based in Louisville, Ky. We produce investigative journalism that affects you, your neighborhood, your Commonwealth. kycir.org
AUDIENCE GROWTH AND SATISFACTION
- Each week more than 200,000 listeners tune into Louisville Public Media (LPM). Since the merger of the three stations and listener-focused format realignment in 1996, the audience for our three stations has more than doubled. Online audio streaming began in the spring of 2001 allowing worldwide access to programming in real time.
- Arbitron ratings (the industry standard) show that Louisville’s independent, community-funded radio has the second largest radio audience in the market among persons aged 35-64.
- According to Houston-based Media Audit, Louisville Public Media listeners are nearly twice as satisfied as the average commercial radio listener in our area.
RECENT AWARDS AND RECOGNITION
The quality and impact of Louisville Public Media’s programs have been recognized locally, regionally, nationally and internationally.
- WFPK Waterfront Wednesday continues to draw thousands to the Louisville Waterfront for free, monthly summer concerts. Its ongoing success helped Louisville secure an international award as a top city for festivals and events. The concert has been recognized as a “Top 20 Event” by the Southeast Tourism Society.
- WFPK’s “The Weekly Feed” is syndicated to stations around the country.
- WFPL News has won nine first place Associated Press Awards for excellence in journalism including Best Public Affairs, Best Sports Feature, Best Sports Reporting, Best Political Coverage, Best Enterprise Reporting, Best Long Serious News Feature, Best Website, Best Use of Sound, and Best Radio Anchor. In addition, WFPL News has been awarded ten second place awards and six honorable mentions for coverage in 2013.
- 89.3 WFPL News has won the Radio Television Digital News Association’s (RTDNA) Unity Award for the 2012 “Defining Fairness” series. The Unity Award nationally recognizes outstanding journalistic achievement in the coverage of diversity.
- 89.3 WFPL Environment Reporter Erica Peterson has won the Society of Professional Journalists’ Sigma Delta Chi Award for excellence in journalism for the Black Carbon Series.
- 89.3 WFPL News, in partnership with The Community Foundation of Louisville and the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky has launched a year-long exploration into health titled “The Next Louisville: Community Health.”
- 89.3 WFPL News and the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting (KyCIR) have been awarded the Outstanding News Operation award from the Indiana Associated Press Broadcasters Association, and eight first place and five second place Associated Press Awards for excellence in journalism.
- In 2014 Classical 90.5 WUOL’s received a Bronze Radio award in the category of Culture & the Arts for its African American Voices series.
- In June 2014, the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting (KyCIR) and 89.3 WFPL News were honored with a National Edward R. Murrow Award for the Man With Many Chances series.
- In 2014, 89.3 WFPL News Director, Gabe Bullard, was awarded prestigious Nieman Foundation for Journalism Fellowship at Harvard University.
Our entire community is strengthened by the quality and success of this public service.
Your support makes it possible. Thank you.