Join WSPR in beautiful Seattle this spring for our annual fly-in.

We will be meeting at the Mediterranean Inn in downtown Seattle

The Mediterranean Inn is located at 425 Queen Avenue North, just north of downtown Seattle and just two blocks directly west of KEXP.  The station is located at the northwest corner of the Seattle Center campus, home of the 1962 World’s Fair and Space Needle.

WSPR Room Rates:

Single Queen Bed $179.00 + taxes

Single King Bed $189.00 + taxes

Two Double Beds $189.00 + taxes

To reserve your room at the WSPR rate call 206-428-4700 and ask for the WSPR rate.

The cut-off date for reservations for the block is April 13, 2018

There is a 24-hour cancellation policy.


Western States Public Radio Spring Meeting

May 7-8

Seattle, Washington


May 7

7:00pm    Tour of KEXP studios with light refreshments.  Kate Becker, head of the Mayor’s Office of Film and Music will speak about Seattle’s music ecosystem.  (Ms. Becker’s talk is tentative)

 May 8

7:30am     Breakfast

8:00am    New Technology in PRSS’ Future and Implementing New Channels for Emergency Alerting 

The PRSS has started the roll-out of public radio’s next-generation interconnection system. A preview of the plans for the new receivers, technical features of the system and improving the efficiencies as well as the changed funding model will be shared. Meanwhile, public radio stations are implementing the new PRSS MetaPub service as part of a CPB-funded project. The public safety initiative enables stations to simultaneously display local, text emergency-alerts associated with their audio programming across multiple platforms. But some stations have gone further – creating new offerings.

Mike Beach NPR Vice President of Distribution, Maryfran Tyler, NPR Senior Director of Strategy

9:00am    State of Best Practice/Opportunities in Development

From membership to major giving, and corporate support, wherever your station is in its development history we can all use reminders of how to be even better.  

Including breakout sessions on how to use engagement to funnel listeners/users to membership and beyond, sustaining member strategies, and what you need to know about leading your station towards corporate support success in an ever-changing sales environment. 

Greater Public: Joyce McDonald, President and CEO; Melanie Coulson, Executive Director for member station services; Beverly James, Advisor for Corporate Support

12:30pm  Lunch

1:00pm    Opportunity to share news about what is taking place at our stations

2:00pm    NonComMusic Alliance

The Alliance celebrates public radio’s role in connecting musicians, performers, and artists who enjoy and support their music.  It is dedicated to boosting the work of noncommercial public radio as an essential component of music discovery, curation, preservation, performance, and community.  A conversation about how the Alliance can impact your station’s connection to the communities your serve.

Michael Riksen, Vice President for Policy and Representation at NPR, Tom Mara, Executive Director at KEXP.

3:00pm    Adjournment for travel home or to enjoy Seattle!


The Mediterranean Inn is accessible from the Sea-Tac airport via tax and ride services.  Seattle also has an efficient light rail system from the airport to downtown Seattle.  Here is a list of options:

Take the Sound Transit Link Light Rail from the airport and get off at Westlake Center Station which is an underground stop in the Seattle Bus Tunnel. It runs several times per hour and costs $3.00.  Ride time is about 35 minutes
To get from Sea-Tac Airport to Seattle Center, look for signs in the airport for Sound Transit Link Light Rail.  Here’s a map of the airport showing where the Link Light Rail station is:

Here are some options to get you to the hotel from Westlake Center Station:

Walking:  It’s a nice 1.5 mile low-elevation walk from Westlake Station to the Mediterranean Hotel.  Here’s a Google walking map:

Seattle Monorail:  An option and a fun way to get to the hotel from Westlake is to take the Seattle Monorail for the first mile and then walk a half mile.  The Monorail was built originally for the 1962 World’s Fair.  It requires a separate ticket, $2.50, cash only. When you get off the train at Westlake, the Monorail station is a few floors above you.  You’ll see signs directing you.  You can take the elevator (with ‘MONORAIL’ written above it) up to the platform located on the third floor of Westlake Center. There, you can purchase a Monorail ticket to ride directly to Seattle Center.

There is only one stop on the Monorail.  It takes you to the base of the Space Needle on the Seattle Center campus.  From there, it is a .5 mile walk, also low elevation, to the Mediterranean Hotel.  Here is a Google walking map to get you from the Monorail stop to the hotel.

Seattle City Bus:  There is also a nice bus option to take you from downtown to the hotel.  From the Westlake Station, walk a couple of blocks to the bus stop on the northbound side of 3rd Avenue at Pike.  Catch the D Line and get off on Republican (which happens to be at the front door of KEXP).  Head directly west two blocks to the Mediterranean Hotel; 425 Queen Anne Avenue North.

Activities in Seattle

If you have some extra time and want to check out the city, you can find activities listed here.

To Register for the conference:

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Western States Public Radio is offering scholarship travel reimbursements for station managers to attend the 2018 WSPR Spring Conference, May 7-8, in Seattle. We are providing a subsidy to cover air and ground transportation, with lodging and meals. The three scholarships reimburse up to $1,000 for actual expenses, with proof of receipts. 


March 30, 2018


The applicant CPB-qualified station must be located within the WSPR region. The scholarships may be awarded on the basis of need or as encouragement to first time attendees. Applications are encouraged from stations that cannot afford to send their manager to a WSPR conference or for stations whose licensees do not pay for conference and travel costs.


Applicants for the WSPR scholarships must submit a letter of application by e-mail to Board President Neil Best at by Friday, March 30. Alternatively, by March 30, any WSPR member may nominate a manager of an eligible station to receive a scholarship. For all application emails, please include information about why your travel to this conference would be difficult without an assisting scholarship.


The members of the WSPR Board will select and notify the scholarship recipients by April 6. WSPR will work with the recipients to reimburse all eligible travel expenses. WSPR reserves the right not to award the scholarships, if the nature of the applications or nominations does not justify the awards.