thank you for Joining WSPR in beautiful Seattle this spring for our annual fly-in, and thank you to our hosts, KEXP!

Please see the presentation slides below.


Western States Public Radio Spring Meeting (No REGISTRATION FEE)

May 7-8, 2018

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.

 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.

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

WSPR EXTRA! Our good friend Caryn Mathes from KUOW shared a project her station has been doing called "Ask A..." From their website: Reddit Cofounder Steve Huffman says, “Put people together in the right context, and they’ll do amazing things.” These events create the context for civil conversation designed to promote understanding of a group mistrusted, but largely unknown. Our research shows that participation in ‘Ask A…’ events promotes understanding and empathy.


Western States Public Radio was pleased to offer scholarship travel reimbursements for some station managers to attend the 2018 WSPR Spring Conference, May 7-8, in Seattle. We provided a subsidy to cover air and ground transportation, with lodging and meals. We hope to continue to do so with future conferences.


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 by the announced closing date. 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. 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.