WMNR Annual Report and CPB Information

The following documents contain detailed information on WMNR's finances and operations.

WMNR's 2016 Audited Financial Statement is available here

WMNR's 2015 Audited Financial Statement is available here

WMNR's 2014 Audited Financial Statement is available here

WMNR's 2013 Audited Financial Statement is available here


WMNR's Annual Report is available here

 

WMNR's 2015 Diversity Plan is available here 

WMNR’s Corporation for Public Broadcasting Annual Financial Report is available here


Information required by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting:

 

The stations and translators of WMNR Fine Arts Radio, including the original station, WMNR in Monroe, CT, are licensed by the Federal Communications Commission to the Town of Monroe, CT. The Town is governed by 40 elected officials including a First Selectman and a Town Council. The First Selectman is Steve Vavrek. The members of Town Council are: Frank Lieto, Chair; Enid Lipeles, Vice Chair; Daniel Hunsberger, Nicholas Kapoor; Ken Kellogg; Dee Dee Martin; Sean O'Rourke; Kevin Reid; Terry Rooney.

 

The Town Council appoints a WMNR Commission to advise the Town on the operations of the station. The WMNR Commission meets quarterly in the Monroe Town Hall, 7 Fan Road, Monroe, CT. Its members are: Brian Quinn, Chairperson; Michael Massaro, Secretary; Fred Velardi, Mary McLaughlin, Monica Brushett. The WMNR Commission meeting meetings in 2017 begin at 7:30 pm and are on March 7, May 2, August 1 and December 5.

 

 

WMNR is part of the Town of Monroe, Connecticut and since the Town of Monroe is neither required nor allowed to submit a Form 990 to the IRS, here is the relevant compensation information should WMNR have filed a Form 990 report.

 

 

None of WMNR’s employees received more than $100,000 of compensation. None of WMNR’s former officers, key employees, and highest compensated employees received more than $100,000 of compensation. None of WMNR’s former directors or trustees received, in the capacity as a former director or trustee of the organization, more than $10,000 of compensation from the organization. None of WMNR’s independent contractors received more than $100,000 of compensation.

 

 

2016  Corporation for Public Broadcasting

Station Activities Survey

Local Content and Services Report

6.1 Telling Public Radio's Story

The purpose of this section is to give you an opportunity to tell us and your community about the activities you have engaged in to address community needs by outlining key services provided, and the local value and impact of those services. Please report on activities that occurred in Fiscal Year 2016. Responses may be shared with Congress or the public. Grantees are required to post a copy of this report (Section 6 only) to their website no later than ten (10) days after the submission of the report to CPB. CPB recommends placing the report in an "About" or similar section on your website. This section had previously been optional. Response to this section of the SAS is now mandatory.

1. Describe your overall goals and approach to address identified community issues, needs, and interests through your station’s vital local services, such as multi-platform long and short-form content, digital and in-person engagement, education services, community information, partnership support, and other activities, and audiences you reached or new audiences you engaged.

The need for classical and fine arts music in Connecticut has always been high and yet over the years those stations that provide this service have become fewer and fewer. Connecticut no longer has a commercial classical radio station and the number of public radio stations that provide classical music has decreased as well as the number of hours of classical music that have been broadcast. Since WMNR began broadcasting classical music broadcasting in 1982 we have increased the number of hours devoted to classical music and it now represents 92% of our schedule, with Folk, Big Band, Broadway & Jazz representing 8%. We have also increased our coverage area so that we now serve 1,199,913 people in Connecticut and parts of New York.

WMNR broadcasts at least 8,684 hours of music a year. A very high percentage is sourced from WMNR. From 6 am to midnight 79% is produced by WMNR and 21% is from national sources.

WMNR has a number of different specialties in classical music featured with special local weekly programs: a piano hour, a film music hour and Evening at the Opera for 4 hours. We also broadcast some nationally produced programs to support an understanding of classical music. Every weekday we broadcast the 2-minute long Composers Datebook that gives insight into old and new compositions. We also broadcast the 5 minute long Classics for Kids weekly. This short program is designed to explain classical music to children. We also carry the hour long 5 days a week program Exploring Music with Bill McGlaughlin to add to our listeners in-depth understanding of classical music.

The 8% of our schedule that is non-classical features diverse programs including music from American Jukebox, Big Bands, Broadway, Cabaret, Folk, Jazz, and New Age. 

2. Describe key initiatives and the variety of partners with whom you collaborated, including other public media outlets, community nonprofits, government agencies, educational institutions, the business community, teachers and parents, etc. This will illustrate the many ways you’re connected across the community and engaged with other important organizations in the area.

WMNR supports the presentation of the arts in Connecticut through interview programs and public service announcements. The organizations that we have assisted in 2016 include: New Haven Oratorio, Eastern Connecticut Symphony Chorus, Music for Youth in Southport, South Windsor Cultural Arts, Choral Society of the Hamptons, Newtown Friends of Music, Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival, Wykeham Consort in Kent, Greater Bridgeport Symphony Orchestra, Newtown High School musical, Kent Singers, Connecticut Symphonic Winds, City Singers of Hartford, Gunn Memorial  Library concert, New Haven Chamber Orchestra, Connecticut Choral Society, U. S. Coast Guard Band Concert, Sharon Playhouse, Heritage Village Concert Association, Booth Library, Waterbury Symphony Orchestra, Kent Art Association, Mark Twain Library, Newtown Arts Festival, Danbury Symphony Orchestra, Hamden Symphony Orchestra, Cappella Cantorum, Fairfield County Chamber Singers, and the Pro Arte Singers.

In 2016 we broadcast recorded performances of concerts by the Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra, Norfolk Music Festival Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival and Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra.  

3. What impact did your key initiatives and partnerships have in your community? Describe any known measurable impact, such as increased awareness, learning or understanding about particular issues. Describe indicators of success, such as connecting people to needed resources or strengthening conversational ties across diverse neighborhoods. Did a partner see an increase in requests for related resources? Please include direct feedback from a partner(s) or from a person(s) served.

The success of our classical music broadcasts and our ability to support local classical music groups is described by the following statement from one our partner organizations: “The broadcast of the Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra concerts on WMNR are a crucial resource for the visibility of the ECSO. Through these broadcasts we are able to reach a wider audience and at the same time make an effective case for the excellence of the Orchestra. The WMNR broadcast includes announcements about our next concert, a very important marketing tool. The fact that our broadcasts are heard on the same station that broadcasts the concerts of the New York Philharmonic and the Boston Symphony Orchestra dubs the orchestra with a stamp of approval. Isabelle G. Singer, Executive Director, Eastern Connecticut Symphony Inc., New London, CT.” 

4. Please describe any efforts (e.g. programming, production, engagement activities) you have made to investigate and/or meet the needs of minority and other diverse audiences (including, but not limited to, new immigrants, people for whom English is a second language and illiterate adults) during Fiscal Year 2016, and any plans you have made to meet the needs of these audiences during Fiscal Year 2017. If you regularly broadcast in a language other than English, please note the language broadcast.

Classical music is an essential part of many cultures. WMNR transcends the language barrier with music for many languages. WMNR’s broadcasts of classical music have always included a wide range of languages in its vocal music. The number of different languages used includes but is not limited to: Spanish, French, German, Italian, Russian, Polish and English. 

5. Please assess the impact that your CPB funding had on your ability to serve your community. What were you able to do with your grant that you wouldn't be able to do if you didn't receive it?

The funding that WMNR receives from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting assists us in many ways. It strengthens our ability to fulfill our broadcast mission and accomplish our operational goals. It allows us to broadcast 24 hours a day, pay for transmitter site costs that enable us to serve over 1 million listeners, to acquire nationally produced classical music programming and to assist in the production costs for local classical music collaborations. 


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