There are as many ideas about what NCPR should be (and should be doing) as there are listeners and visitors. People tend to view us through the slices of our media offerings that they consume the most.
For many we’re company in the daytime, or the nighttime, pure and simple. Others want our NPR and other network offerings, and get their local community connection in other ways. For others it’s local and regional news. Some have a few favorite music programs. Some don’t own a radio, but listen all the time via our apps and mobile site.
Some don’t listen to us, but follow the news and events of the region at ncpr.org. Many listeners in St. Lawrence County are discovering our PRX Remix station, and seldom listen to conventional scheduled programming on NCPR. And some who would like to have strong public service media in the area, don’t pay much attention to NCPR on any platform, because they don’t like the way we are doing the job.
Any or all of that is fine with us; we don’t propose to tell you what you need or want. But we are interested in having you tell us what you need and want. With NCPR’s Annual Meeting coming up next Wednesday in Canton (3 pm in the Winston Room of the Sullivan Student Center at St. Lawrence University), this is a great time to have a conversation about all this, and to help set the station on a course correction, if you think it needs one. NPR’s CEO Gary Knell will also be in the room, so you’ll have a rare opportunity to weigh in on network programming with the person at the top.
If you can’t make it to the meeting, tell us how we’re doing, anyway–what you think we should be doing, what we should stop doing, and anything else you think we need to hear. Commit your questions, suggestions, beefs and valentines to print in a comment below. We’ll use some of them in the call-in program preceding the Annual Meeting from 11-noon, and will bring the rest to the attention of station and network leaders at the meeting, or afterward.