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TPR Community Impact Report 2010
TPR

March, 2010



Dear Texas Public Radio Listener,

You can be proud of what Texas Public Radio has accomplished this past year! TPR continues to serve more than 100,000 listeners on KSTX 89.1 FM and more than 50,000 listeners on KPAC 88.3 FM. We also provide a much needed service to the Hill Country where more than 10,000 people listen to KTXI 90.1 FM. In addition, April 1 marks our one year anniversary of streaming classical music on our website at www.tpr.org alongside our quality news, information, and entertainment programs.

Over the past several months, the TPR news department has dramatically expanded its service to the San Antonio community with two new initiatives: the KSTX Town Halls and the weekly local news program The Source.


KSTX Town Halls

KSTX Town Halls are a series of forums designed to engage the community on a wide range of issues impacting San Antonio. Moderated by TPR's Terry Gildea, each Town Hall gathers a panel of thought leaders to share their expertise and spark a solution-based conversation about a particular issue. To date, KSTX Town Halls have explored such topics as Race; Hunger; Transportation; Energy and Air Quality. Our next Townhall takes place on April 6 at St. Philips College to discuss BRAC and the expansion of Ft. Sam Houston.

The Source

Airing Mondays at 12:30 p.m., The Source is a weekly conversation covering the issues that impact San Antonio. Host Terry Gildea speaks with local journalists and newsmakers to get to the heart of challenges facing the Alamo City. Recent shows have included conversations with Keith Parker, CEO, VIA Metropolitan Transit; the candidates for County Commissioner as well as San Antonio Express-News reporters discussing their recent investigation of abuse and neglect inside some of the city's nursing homes.


These great additions to TPR's local, state, and international news are not the only services TPR provided the community this past year. Listed below are just a few of our many activities that have engaged thousands of community members in meaningful ways these past few months:

AccessAbility Fest 2009

In October, Texas Public Radio facilitated the 3rd Annual AccessAbility Fest. Hundreds of individuals participated in this crucial event designed to offer information, resources, ideas and support for people with all types of disabilities including physical, mental, sensory and developmental disabilities. For more information, you can visit the AccessAbility Fest blog. In 2010, TPR is partnering with Morgan's Wonderland to continue expanding the great work of AccessAbility Fest.

Green by Texas Public Radio

As part of our 10th Annual Focus on the Environment series this past year, TPR and hundreds of volunteers re-created the vanished grassland savanna of Voelcker (now Hardberger) Park by planting over 50,000 plugs of native grasses and wildflowers on National Public Lands Day back in September. TPR has expanded it's environmental coverage by establishing a section of our website entitled "Green by Texas Public Radio," a clearinghouse of the very best contemporary environmental reporting.

Hands On Series

Of course, we also partnered with non-profits to bring our members compelling "Hands-On events" such as Hands on Helping with the San Antonio Food Bank or Hands on Paper with the Southwest School of Art & Craft. These events not only provided our members with exciting programs, but brought attention to the many wonderful resources of our community.

Local Coverage of San Antonio's Classical Music Scene

If classical music is important to you, then TPR's John Clare has created the perfect resource for you to learn about all of the great happenings in the San Antonio classical music scene! Whether it's breaking the story of Sebastian Lang-Lessing being named the Music Director of the San Antonio Symphony or discussing the SOLI Chamber Ensemble presenting PREMIERE at the Blue Star Contemporary Art Gallery, the KPAC Blog at www.kpac883.blogspot.com is filled with all you need to know about the great classical music being performed in our community.

All of these activities were made possible by you, our loyal listener-members. You might be interested to know that in recognition of the current economic climate, TPR continues to be good stewards of the donations entrusted to us by lowering support expenses and keeping one position, currently vacant, unfilled. We believe this will be sufficient to address a slight decrease in corporate and foundation giving. As a non-profit, it is our mission to benefit our community, but we don't forget who is making that possible - You. We just wanted to let you know and to thank you for enabling us serve so many people this past year.

Sincerely,

Laverne Pitts
Director of Development
Texas Public Radio



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