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  • Latest round of NEA grants includes dozens in pubmedia

    Dozens of public broadcasters received a portion of the $88 million in grants announced by the National Endowment for the Arts Wednesday.  The grants were the second round awarded by the agency in fiscal year 2021.  “As the country and the arts sector begin to imagine returning to a post-pandemic world, the National Endowment for the Arts is proud to announce funding that will help arts organizations reengage fully with partners and audiences,” said NEA Acting Chairman Ann Eilers in a press release. “While the arts, whether through books, movies, or online performances and programs, have been a sustaining force for many throughout the pandemic, the chance to gather with one another and share arts experiences is its own necessity and pleasure.” Below are public broadcasters that received awards for projects including podcasts, educational outreach and radio and television programs. Radio All Classical Portland — $20,000 to create and publish an anthology highlighting contemporary artists in the Pacific Northwest.

  • Cristy Meiners named interim manager for KUER, Kate Sickora to lead development for WVIA …

    Cristy Meiners was named interim station manager for KUER in Salt Lake City. Meiners Joel Meyer, previously station manager, is leaving the station to become CCO for Freakonomics Radio.  Meiners most recently worked as EP of RadioWest, produced by KUER.

  • Stations report higher gifts as door-to-door canvassing resumes

    Public media stations have relaunched door-to-door canvassing this spring with the easing of pandemic restrictions, and results so far have exceeded their expectations. Stations that resumed canvassing have seen average new sustainer gifts rise 10%, to $14.12 a month, compared to pre-pandemic levels, said Michal Heiplik, president and co-founder of Contributor Development Partnership, a consulting group that helps stations organize canvassing programs. Revenue collected per shift has jumped 21% and the number of conversations canvassers have had with residents has increased 19%, based on data from four stations that restarted their programs, Heiplik said.