Louisville Public Media (LPM) is a not-for-profit corporation serving our community with three distinct public radio stations: WFPL 89.3 FM 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; and 91.9 WFPK showcases independent, alternative music and an array of musical genres.
The stations sustain more than 150,000 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 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 weekly performances by local and visiting artists on Lunchtime Classics®. wuol.org
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
AUDIENCE GROWTH AND SATISFACTION
- Each week more than 150,000 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.
- The 12th season of the WFPK Waterfront Wednesday concert series culminated in September with an audience of around 15,000. Its ongoing success helped Louisville secure an international award as a top city for festivals and events. The April 2012 concert was named a “Top 20 Event” by the Southeast Tourism Society.
- WFPK’s “The Weekly Feed” is syndicated to stations around the country.
- 89.3 WFPL News was selected to be a contributor to Here & Now, a nationally syndicated, live, midday radio news program produced by WBUR, Boston and National Public Radio.
- In 2013 WFPL launched a new video interview series, “Up Front with Jonathan Bastian.” The program is broadcast to approximately 2.8 million households in seven states through Kentucky’s PBS affiliate, Kentucky Educational Television (KET), and will be available for viewing online at UpFrontTV.org.
- 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.
- After a successful Kickstarter crowd sourcing campaign, 89.3 WFPL’s new fiction radio show, Unbound, debuted on June 17. Each 30-minute episode featured two authors reading their own short fiction on a common theme.
- In January 2013, 89.3 WFPL News , in partnership with The Community Foundation of Louisville, the JP Morgan Chase Foundation and The Gheens Foundation, launched a year-long exploration into public education. “The Next Louisville” strives to deepen the conversation, understanding and community engagement around improving public education and increasing educational attainment in Louisville.
- WFPL News was awarded 11 first place Associated Press Awards for excellence in journalism including Best Radio Reporter, Best Hard News Feature and Best Special Series/Documentary. In addition, WFPL News was awarded 9 second place awards and 6 honorable mentions. The awards were distributed by the Indiana Associated Press Broadcasters and the Kentucky Associated Press Broadcasters for news coverage in 2012.
Our entire community is strengthened by the quality and success of this public service.
Your support makes it possible. Thank you.