NY Public Radio Community Advisory Board

NY Public Radio Community Advisory Board The NY Public Radio Community Advisory Board represents listeners of WNYC, WQXR, and wnyc.org, to the station and its Board of Trustees.
New York Public Radio's Community Advisory Board (CAB) is an independent volunteer group of interested listeners who meet monthly to gather public comments and advise New York Public Radio's Board of Trustees as to whether the programming and policies meet the specialized educational and cultural needs of the community. The CAB covers WNYC media outlets including WNYC-FM, WNYC-AM, WQXR and wnyc.org.

NEW YORK PUBLIC RADIO COMMUNITY ADVISORY BOARD Members as of June 2016: Officers Chair: Lue Ann Eldar, elected as Chair June 2015 & 2016, appointed to the CAB August 2012 Vice Chairs: Grace Clarke, elected as Vice Chair June 2016, appointed to the CAB June 2015 Barbara Gerolimatos, elected as Vice Chair June 2016, appointed CAB June 2014 Merwin Kinkade, elected as Vice Chair June 2016, appointed to the CAB June 2014 Nancy Walcott, elected as Vice Chair June 2015, appointed to the CAB June 2015 Secretary: Raesha Cartagena, elected as Secretary June 2016, appointed to the CAB June 2015 Members: Anita Aboulafia, appointed August 2013 John Bacon, appointed August 2013 Chad Bascombe, appointed June 2015 Gary Brocks, appointed August 2013 Lisa Buffa, appointed June 2016 Carole Chervin, appointed June 2015 Judith Cholst, appointed December 2011 Andrew S. Greene, appointed August 2013 Stan Ince, appointed June 2016 Peter Kentros, appointed June 2016 Carmina Lu, appointed June 2015 Lisa Nearier, appointed June 2016 Samantha "Sam" Pedreiro, appointed June 2016 Steven Rapkin, appointed December 2011 Theodore Schweitzer, appointed August 2013 Kathryn Tornelli, appointed June 2016 David N. Sztyk, appointed August 2013 Adam Wasserman, appointed June 2014 Jacob Wojnas, appointed June 2016

Mission: The role of the WNYC Community Advisory Board is to advise the WNYC Radio Board of Trustees with respect to whether the programming and other policies of the station are meeting the specialized educational and cultural needs of the communities it serves, and to make such recommendations, as it considers appropriate, to meet these needs. The role is purely advisory in nature, as provided for by Congress.


Next CAB Meeting, Wednesday, January 15th, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Please come to the CAB meeting on Wednesday, January 15th, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm and meet Goli Sheikholeslami, NYPR's new President and CEO.

The meeting will take place at:
The Jerome L. Greene Space
44 Charlton Street
New York, New York

Goli Sheikhholeslami formerly served as CEO of Chicago Public Media and has held senior leadership roles across public and private media over her career.


The CAB Would Like to Hear From You!

As we plan for the remaining meetings of this fiscal year which ends in June, we ask for your feedback. Are there any on-air hosts that you would like to hear from at an upcoming meeting?

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Verdi's Lady Macbeth: Sleepwalk with Me, featuring Anna Netrebko | Aria Code | WNYC Studios

Aria Code is Back!

The theme of Season 2, all 10 episodes, is desire. The first episode explores ambition, with Verdi's Lady Macbeth Sleep Walking aria, "una macchia e qui tuttora." Anna Netrebko sings the role of Lady Macbeth. You can listen by clicking on this link: https://www.wnycstudios.org/podcasts/aria-code/episodes/aria-code-verdi-macbeth-anna-netrebko

Sometimes you get up in the middle of the night realizing that what is done can never be undone. For Lady Macbeth, no amount of handwringing (or hand-washing) can clear her conscience.

Please join us at our next CAB meeting where we'll be holding an open forum to hear from you on what you think about NYP...

Please join us at our next CAB meeting where we'll be holding an open forum to hear from you on what you think about NYPR's programming and what else you'd like to see from the CAB. Know some one else who might be interested, please share this!

Monday, November 25th
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

The Jerome L. Greene Space
44 Charlton Street
New York, NY

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Classical Up Close: Itzhak Perlman | The Greene Space


This, Monday, October 28th, at 7:00 pm, Itzhak Perlman will perform at The Greene Space. The performance is sold out but you can stream it live at:

If anyone is fortunate enough to attend, please share your comments on our page.


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New Sounds

The Public has spoken and the Station has heard you. Proof that many voices can make a difference.

Home for the musically curious. Serving hand-picked, genre-free music 24/7, from New York Public Radio.


The CAB recognizes the strong opposition to the station's recent programming changes expressed by numerous listeners, who have urged the station to continue presenting innovative and varied music generally, and “New Sounds” specifically.” The CAB’s mission is to ensure that Station Management hears the voice of its listenership. While we have no control over the stations programming decisions we do have control over delivering the message. We are collecting your comments and will be relaying them to our Board of Trustees liaison


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2019 Concerts in the Parks

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2019 New York Philharmonic Concerts in the Parks - Central Park in Manhattan, Prospect Park in Brookyn, Cunningham Park in Queens, Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx, and Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden in Staten Island

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Our own Kai Wright launches #TheStakes, a new podcast from WNYC Studios, with special guest Eric Holder in a live show from The Greene Space at WNYC/WQXR.


I am now listening to the third and final act of Gotterdammurung, the final opera in Wagner's Ring of the Neibulung. I started listening this morning at 11 am when I was in my car but now I am relaxing at home (well it is really hard to "relax" when listening to The Ring). Thank you Brunnhilde for always being my ultimate heroine. I can't get out of my head a comment broadcast on WQXR during the first intermission today by another heroine, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Ginsburg, who said "agreement must be met."


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Can I help you organize a fundraiser for singles over 45, a Sat. eve during American Oldies with Paul C.? I am a sustaining member. Thanks so much! best, Jan 😊
Where anywhere else on this planet do you get an Estonoian choir + Queer Punk pioneers+ Guitar and perussion quartets (more than one !) + traditional Moroccan healing music on one page of a music broadcaste /streamer? NOWHERE except on WNYC curated by John Schaefer and crew. Your “sunset” is a crushing blow to music, musicians, music venues, artists and other who work at home and listen ALL DAY to news which means WE NEED our shot of music to as and antidote to the tall day bad news that is endemic to the trump years. - We need New Sounds at night. There is somthing special about the communal experience of learning somthing new together. We need the streams to let our minds go to new places while we work. We need SoundCheck, New Sounds Live, and New Sounds Radio. We need the gig alerts to know where to go to support live music in NYC and keep it growing and evolving. when we finally leave our studios. finish our jobs, have a night off . We can’t let you take this from us. You will hear from us during pledge week.
I have heard that WNYC plans to cancel New Sounds, or at least is considering it. I beg you to please keep this valuable cultural resource on the air. I have been listening to New Sounds for over 20 years. I can't imagine the number of hours I've spent being not only educated, but also COMFORTED by this program. I'm certain you've heard from many on the merits of New Sounds as an invaluable resource for cultural education, (and I completely agree!), but in these fraught times, I'd like to emphasize the value of the care and comfort that WNYC provides so many of us. This was true after 9/11, after Sandy, etc., and remains true on a daily basis these days. This comfort is needed! Countless nights I have climbed into bed at 11pm (or found myself on the road home from a late evening) and been so soothed by the wonderful music, music that I would hear nowhere else, and the sound of John Schaefer's voice, rich with friendship and inspiration. That I've continued to listen to innumerable of the pieces and artists discovered only here is a most significant aside in what I'm trying to get across, which is this: To hear someone with this scale of knowledge and enthusiasm about so very much music absolutely bursting to share it with me over the airwaves makes my heart soar and gives me faith that in an often dark and discouraging time in our culture, there is really hope. On these nights, I go to sleep with love in my heart and serenity in my soul. Please, please, please allow New Sounds to continue in its current slot on WNYC. Hopefully, Eric Hemion
To The Members of WNYC’s Community Advisory Board, I would like to start off by introducing myself. My name is Gregory K. Williams, and I am a freelance violist who performs throughout the New York Metropolitan region and beyond. I have been a longtime listener to WNYC, since I graduated from the Eastman School of Music in 2008. When I first began listening, I was regularly tuned into John Schaefer’s Sound Check at 2 pm in the afternoon, when I would leave from a Long Island Catholic School where I used to teach. It was a welcomed breath of fresh air as a young musician, and a relief to my ears, and a chance to be inspired by some of NYC’s finest talent. John Schaefer’s approach to interviewing musicians, and describing their work was such that inspired me to shift much of my focus as a performer to newer music, with the long-term life goal of either being interviewed by John Schaefer, or having my work performed on his New Sounds at night (it hasn’t happened yet, but I am not ready to throw in the towel yet). It was John's fresh and vibrant approach to new music that helped to draw me to move to New York City in 2010, and begin my doctoral studies at the Graduate Center, CUNY in 2011. In between, I finished my doctorate in viola performance, teach viola at Queens College (where I have been for 8 years), and I am currently part of the Golden Williams Duo, a viola-cello duo with my wife focused mostly on music of the 20th and 21st centuries, along with several ensembles throughout the metropolitan area. I find WNYC on my car radio on a regular basis, when driving to students or gigs (switching to other NPR stations when I leave the range), and often partake in podcasts at home. I am regularly listening to New Sounds in the evening as I head home from late night rehearsals and performances, and John’s curation of music never ceases to amaze and inspire. I am often delighted to hear recordings and performances by colleagues and friends on his show, a sign that their hard work is being recognized, and shared with the world at large. I have been a donor to WNYC when I am able to afford it, and was hoping to resume donations during the next pledge drive. However, I am utterly dismayed and heartbroken that WNYC is even considering letting go of New Sounds, and John Schaefer, and will not make another contribution until I am reassured that he will be able to continue curating music on the air and online at WNYC. He is an incredibly valuable resource not only to the music community of New York, but to all of New York’s citizens! While WQXR is a great home to classical music, the new music component of WNYC contributed by John Schaefer and its team is what keeps your station on par with NPR affiliates such as WXXI in Rochester (which is what attracted me to Public Radio in the first place). I attended Wednesday night’s Community Advisory Board meeting, and was perplexed by Andrew Golis’s presentation, particularly when the messages about WNYC and NY Public Radio’s mission were mixed. While he spoke of a mission to share storytelling, I think he is missing the point that some storytelling comes from sounds, rather than words. The plans that he and Shannon Connolly were presenting were tone deaf. While yes, Dolly Parton has long been a great artist in her genre, she is a safe bet in a time when we need people to go out on musical limbs. For every cut and slash to the arts that WNYC and other cultural institutions make, President Trump sucks more oxygen out of our cultural environment, replacing it with an agenda fear, paranoia, and hatred. I thank all of you for volunteering your time to help steer WNYC and NY Public Radio to do right for the citizens of New York City and the world. At a time when the WNYC’s news team is doing such a fabulous job, it is imperative that they are balanced with an equally fabulous team of cultural figures, to help keep New Yorkers sane when the news itself is anything but. Please take the considerations of your listeners seriously. I hope that you will consider my pleas, as I was counting on enjoying John Schaefer’s curatorial work long into the future. Sincerely, Gregory K. Williams, 35 Active WNYC Listener Hoping to be a WNYC sustainer again, if you can help to change the plans of management
I’m writing to you to implore that you not cancel New Sounds or the New Sounds stream that replaced Q2. I’m a member and a frequent listener, and New Sounds is a big part of the reason why. This is programming that’s not available in other places. It’s programming that reminds me why I moved to New York, over 25 years ago. When I listen to Jonathan Schaefer, I’m reminded that there is a vibrant community of musicians making and consuming important work in an increasingly culturally homogeneous city. Here’s an additional story that illustrates why this programming is so important and so different. About 2 years ago, my wife had a brain injury that caused a painful ringing in her ears and hypersensitivity to sound. It took us months to find a specialist who could treat her. That treatment involved, in part, gradually reintroducing her to sounds which triggered her condition. This involved specialized hearing aids. But another recommendation she made was that we have music playing all the time and especially at night while we slept. One of the things that we discovered was that the New Sounds stream, actually helped her heal faster. The reason is that the great variety of different types frequencies and rhythms was exactly the kind of sound that she needed to hear to quiet the insufferable ringing in her ear. The point is not that New Sounds is a cure all. Her case was very rare. The point, is that New Sounds plays a variety of music and different types of music, that you can’t get elsewhere. It’s intimately tied to what made and continues to make this city great.
I started donating to WNYC back in 2004, $10 per month, which even though I was a daily drug user at the time, still seemed worth it, b/c of how the station and, in particular, New Sounds colored my daily life in Brooklyn. Sober now for a long time and living in Berlin, I've continued to donate up until yesterday, when I heard the news of New Sounds's cancellation. The press release was just disgusting in my eyes and really another nail in the coffin for what NYC was. When I got there everyone was telling me I was 5, 10 years too late, but it was still before iphones and it was a vibrant and thriving place. It still is, I'm sure, but it's hard to see that when it's a playground for the rich. Lehrer will still have a place in my heart, but I don't think WNYC needs my money anymore.
Dear CAB, Please see FB and Twitter #savenewsounds. You’ll find people from all over the country, and other countries writing in support of John Schaefer and New Sounds remaining on WNYC. We are musicians, artists and a large audience of New Sounds fans that John and his small crew have created and which WNYC benefits from. A number of us have canceled our memberships and a growing number will. Nowhere else can you find a pan genre mix, brilliantly curated like the combo of New Sounds and Soundcheck. The station is making a huge mistake, but there is time to rectify it. You can spare one hour a day for music programming on radio plus the live feed from the studio. I think you’ll find out we actually do pay for it. A former 20 year sustaining member.