MAKE THE MIND MORE CURIOUS
To Our Loyal Listeners and Supporters,
New York Public Radio’s mission is “to make the mind more curious, the heart more open, and the spirit more joyful through excellent audio programming that is deeply rooted in New York.” This statement captures the essence of our work more than ever, and the difference that work makes in peoples’ lives and communities. Our mission was front and center this year as we considered critical investments and discussed our plans with our most dedicated supporters. Time and time again, we hear that it continues to resonate and how an enduring sense of curiosity is fed by the journalism, the music, the community, and the programming we uniquely provide.
In every story we tell, every podcast we make, and every live show we produce, we endeavor to reach and connect with our audience in ways that provide deeper insight and meaning. Through our initiatives large and small over the last fiscal year, we have strived to be a lightning rod that electrifies the spirit, making the mind more curious and, inherently, more alive and engaged.
Among many other things in Fiscal Year 2016:
WNYC Studios — our new creative development, production, and distribution unit — launched as a focused enterprise within the organization. This was an exciting and bold move that positions us to lead in the podcasting space for years to come.
WNYC Studios launched six productions: The New Yorker Radio Hour, Only Human, The Season, There Goes the Neighborhood, 2 Dope Queens, and Radiolab Presents: More Perfect. This slate epitomizes our commitment to collaborating with the best partners, cultivating our own talent, using narrative storytelling to produce journalism of consequence, and broadening the audiences we serve.
WNYC kept the residents of our region informed on the issues that mattered most in the 2016 Presidential election and in their local neighborhoods every day, exploring topics like race, inequality, and social and criminal justice through enterprise reporting and discussion.
Q2 Music’s Meet the Composer won a George Foster Peabody Award, a podcast that dives inside the minds and works of today’s greatest living composers.
WQXR launched the WQXR Classical Moonlighters Competition and delivered special festival programming and more than 96 live broadcasts to an audience hungry for more classical music.
We produced live original programs in The Jerome L. Greene Performance Space and venues throughout the city like BAM and the Apollo Theater that included world premieres, new podcast series launches, and unique New York conversations going.
It has been our privilege and honor to serve you this year with news, culture, conversation, and music. We hope our efforts have made your spirit more joyful because we could not have accomplished what we did this year without such generous support from all of you. Thank you for believing in our mission and for always being curious.