A LETTER FROM OUR BOARD CHAIR AND PRESIDENT AND CEO


To Our Loyal Listeners and Supporters,

When you think of the really compelling news stories, the best conversations and the most intriguing music you’ve ever heard, chances are you heard it here — on the stations, through the apps and in the programming produced by New York Public Radio. Thank you for listening and being a part of our community.

More and more people, like you, are turning to audio sources for news and entertainment, and that means our mission of service has never been more important. Our commitment to being the best source for independent news, the place for the exploration of curious ideas and the center of a vibrant community is unwavering – and we have never been prouder to serve you.

This past year, we continued to invest our time, energy and resources in digital innovation, much-needed journalism, and new and compelling content to meet your needs. Thanks to your support, we accomplished some incredible things.

WNYC launched a new app with the Discover feature, allowing you to create custom playlists and discover new shows. We are grateful to The Jerome L. Greene Foundation for supporting Discover and our continued digital innovation with a $10 million grant.

The WNYC newsroom distinguished itself with enterprise journalism, crowdsourced projects, and innovation in data news that examined issues related to government accountability, the resiliency of our region, economic inequality, health and education.

WNYC continued to invest in national programs like The Takeaway, Studio 360 and On The Media. We also launched a new slate of podcasts including Death, Sex + Money and The Sporkful; introduced the 24/7 streaming music service The Jonathan Channel; took Radiolab on a 21-city tour; and partnered with BAM (the Brooklyn Academy of Music) to produce RadioLoveFest, a five-day festival of public radio programs live in Brooklyn.

WQXR produced innovative festivals celebrating Mozart, Verdi, Strauss and Wagner. We also launched a drive to collect musical instruments from you for donation to music education programs in New York City.

The Jerome L. Greene Space recorded and produced live dramatic readings of all 10 plays in August Wilson’s American Century Cycle, preserving an American treasure for all of us.

In the pages that follow, we are pleased to share our Fiscal Year 2014 achievements with you. These are just some examples of the powerful news, compelling human stories and music you heard here in Fiscal Year 2014. Thank you for supporting our mission.