Discovering Radio On Your Own Time

In March 2014, New York Public Radio released a new version of the WNYC app, which was quickly named one of the iPhone App Store’s “Best New Apps” and won an award from the Society for News Design as one of 2013’s Best-Designed News Sites and Apps. In addition to the live streams of WNYC’s broadcast stations and a browsable index of shows and segments, the app introduced a novel on-demand audio feature called Discover, which merges smart technology with editorial curation. Once a user provides parameters such as topic preferences and listening time, Discover serves up a personalized playlist culled from a deep reservoir of content produced by WNYC; by other public radio producers, including NPR, APM and PRI; and by producers such as The New Yorker and Slate. Total WNYC app sessions increased by 64% year over year.


Supporting Innovation — The Jerome L. Greene Foundation: Concurrent with the launch of WNYC’s Discover app feature, New York Public Radio announced a record-setting grant of $10 million from The Jerome L. Greene Foundation. The gift, the largest ever made to a public radio station, was awarded to support the company’s digital innovation. A portion of the grant also ensures continued accessible ticket pricing at The Jerome L. Greene Performance Space.


New York Public Radio’s Digital Task Force provides support and guidance on the organization’s digital strategy and brings together leaders in technology and media. Task Force Members:

John Borthwick*, Co-Chair
CEO and President

Anton Levy*, Co-Chair
Managing Director
General Atlantic LLC

Kevin Conroy
President of Digital and Enterprise Development
Univision Communications

Thomas Hjelm
Executive Vice President and Chief Digital Officer
New York Public Radio

John Lambros
Managing Director, Head of Digital Media Banking
GCA Savvian Advisors

Geraldine Laybourne
Oxygen Media

Howard Morgan
Founding Partner
First Round Capital

Jon Miller
Fuel Media Capital

Michelle Peluso
Chief Executive Officer

John Rose*
Senior Partner and Managing Director
The Boston Consulting Group

Jim Rossman
Special Advisor
General Atlantic

Joshua Sapan*
President and CEO
AMC Networks

Ann Misiaszek Sarnoff
Chief Operating Officer
BBC Worldwide Americas

Herb Scannell*
BBC Worldwide North America

Lisa Shalett
Head of Brand Marketing and Digital Strategy
Goldman Sachs

Mayo Stuntz*
Pilot Group

Cynthia King Vance*
New York Public Radio Board of Trustees

Laura R. Walker*
President and CEO
New York Public Radio

Frank Yeary*
Executive Chairman

*New York Public Radio Board of Trustees


Listening Nonstop

Playing off the cultural trend of binge-watching TV shows, WNYC launched a two-week campaign in June 2014 to encourage “binge-listening” of WNYC’s smart content. The SmartBinge campaign corresponded with surges in web sessions and on-demand listening for WNYC shows and podcasts.

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WNYC’s daily e-newsletter Morning Brief launched in Fiscal Year 2014. It offers the day’s top headlines, the finest features across WNYC’s lineup of shows, relevant archival pieces, weather and great music from Soundcheck and WQXR. Sign up here.


Talking More About the Things We Think About Often


This year, WNYC launched several new content initiatives by partnering with emerging talent in the marketplace and by cultivating ideas from its in-house talent. WNYC’s politics reporter Anna Sale, for example, now hosts and produces Death, Sex + Money, an intimate, person-to-person show about the big questions and the hard choices that are often left out of polite conversation. Death, Sex + Money launched in May, and a segment from its premiere episode was picked up by This American Life. That episode of This American Life and Death, Sex + Money topped the iTunes charts that week. Listen here.



WNYC’s New Tech City, which launched in Fiscal Year 2013, is one of the few tech podcasts hosted by a woman. Host Manoush Zomorodi was honored with a 2014 Alliance for Women in Media Foundation Gracie Award for outstanding host. This year, New Tech City was consistently one of the top tech podcasts on iTunes.