North Country Public Radio “In Your Town” (2018 Finalist)

North Country at Work (NC@W) collects photographs and audio content that tell the historic -and contemporary — stories of people at work across the vast rural geography served by North Country Public Radio. During the past year we implemented a new phase, returning to communities to collect photos and audio. For the third visit we hold a work-related story slam. NC@W has become an on-going project at NCPR and we are about to focus on post-WW II work stories. Read Current’s story.

Producer Peter CottonTale gives feedback on students' samples at a Music Lab event in October 2017.

Grace Weber’s Music Lab (2017 Finalist)

Grace Weber, a Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter hosts a monthly session – Grace Weber’s Music Lab — where she invites local high school musicians to perform in an “open-mic” setting. In addition, a professional musician or entertainment industry guest shares professional advice and critiques the students’ performances. Each session includes an educational module, guest interview, and student performances. Read Current’s story.

Made Here (2017 Finalist)

Made Here is an initiative designed to bring local Vermont (and other regional) filmmakers work to Vermont PBS viewers, on air and online. The station hired a Local Content Manager, Eric Ford, and tasked him to find and acquire Vermonter-produced content. With Ford’s guidance and focus, the station was able to significantly increase the amount of local content they procured enabling the station to dedicate 12-14 hours per week to local programming in addition to new show premieres every month. Read Current’s story.

Soltau records students' responses to her music.

90.5 WUOL Education Outreach (2017 Finalist)

The 90.5 WUOL Education Outreach includes Instrumental Partners, accepting donated instruments and placing them in schools; Summer Listening that encouraged families to listen together; and an in-school program Sharing Music, Sharing Stories, through which, our education director, Sara Soltau, met over 2,000 students, performing a one-woman show, recording stories and creating features for broadcast as she visited students in the Louisville and Southern Indiana school districts, the Americana Community Center and Kentucky Refugee Ministries. Read Current’s story.

414 Music

Radio Milwaukee has the mission to foster community engagement through music and stories. A pillar of this mission is to provide a platform for local musicians to share their work with an engaged and supportive listener base. Key pieces: 414 Music Live a weekly live performance by local artists in front of a live audience, that is broadcast and streamed live; the annual Radio Milwaukee Music Awards; and 414music.fm, an HD channel and digital stream broadcasting only Milwaukee music.

Band Together (2017 Finalist)

Radio Milwaukee believes music is a powerful force to bring people together – a belief that drives their mission to utilize music to connect diverse audiences. In 2016, they launched Band Together to act on that belief, creating a unique evening of music and food, with diverse, live music – featuring four local bands from four genres – and a variety of ethnic appetizers from local restaurants. Between bands, the station puts on storytelling performances about race and people coming together.