CPM Statement 5.22.17

In the interest of transparency, Chicago Public Media (CPM) reminds its audience that we receive philanthropic support from The Pritzker Foundation.  J.B. Pritzker, who is a candidate for Illinois governor, is not involved in the Pritzker Foundation.  He and his wife lead a separate philanthropic foundation, the Pritzker Family Foundation, from which CPM has never received funding.

Annual Board of Directors Meeting

Chicago Public Media will hold its Board of Directors Annual Meeting on Tuesday, December 8, 2015 at 4 pm at City Winery.

Nov. 18 Audit Committee Meeting

Chicago Public Media will hold a regularly scheduled Audit Committee meeting on Wednesday, November 18, 2015 at 9 am at McGladrey.

All Board meetings are open to the public. 

Venue:  RSM McGladrey at 1 South Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL

Nov. 11: Executive Committee Meeting

Chicago Public Media will hold a regularly scheduled Executive Committee meeting on Wednesday, November 11, 2015 at 8:30 am at Baird and Warner.  There will be an Executive Session to discuss personnel issues.

All Board meetings are open to the public.

Venue:  Baird & Warner offices at 120 S. LaSalle Street, Chicago, IL

Nov. 5: Sounding Board Meeting

Chicago Public Media will hold its first Sounding Board meeting on Thursday, Novermber 5, 2015 at 6 p.m. in the Lifton-Rosofsky Family Committee Room.

This meeting is open to the public. 

Venue:  Chicago Public Media 848 E. Grand Avenue, Chicago, IL

Three Acts, Two Dancers, One Radio Host

From behind the mic to center stage, Ira Glass, host of WBEZ Chicago’s This American Life brings to Chicago an art form mash-up—Three Acts, Two Dancers, One Radio Host—happening October 30 through November 1 at the Athenaeum Theatre.

WBEZ Changes Schedule, Focuses Resources to Support Growing Success of The Morning Shift

Chicago Public Media today announced schedule changes designed to strengthen WBEZ’s local talk programming and build on audience growth for The Morning Shift.

The changes include focusing staff and resources on The Morning Shift, and moving the starttime of the program to the top of the 9 a.m. hour. The station believes this change will betterdistinguish it from Morning Edition and reinforce the show’s identity with its growing audience.

This American Life Moves to Self-Distribute Program Partners with PRX to Deliver Episodes to Public Radio Stations

Starting July 1, 2014, Chicago Public Media and Ira Glass will start independently distributing the public radio show This American Life to over 500 public radio stations. Episodes will be delivered to radio stations by PRX, The Public Radio Exchange. Since 1997, the show has been distributed by Public Radio International.

NPR, WNYC and WBEZ Announce First Ever Podcast Upfront

NPR, WBEZ and WNYC, the major public radio players in the podcast space, will showcase the reach and influence of their podcasts at the industry’s first-ever podcast upfront this week in New York City. This unique opportunity for brands and agencies to learn about one of the fastest-growing platforms for audio will be held on Wednesday, April 29th from 5 to 7pm at (Le) Poisson Rouge in New York City.

WBEZ Launches Major Digital Expansion; Hires New Chief Digital Officer

Chicago Public Media announced today new details in a major digital expansion effort to create an innovative and responsive audience experience and bolster the station’s news and programming services.

Leading this charge is the newly created position of Chief Digital Officer, Michel Ballard. Ballard brings extensive experience in digital product development, technology and sales operations. She will oversee the station’s digital expansion and advance corporate sponsorship activities.

Peter Sagal Joins Nerdette to Recap Game of Thrones

Brace yourself. Nerdette Recaps Game of Thrones with Peter Sagal is coming to WBEZ just in time for the start of season five of the popular HBO show. Spoilers are coming.

Chicago Public Media Hires Groupon Director to Lead Fundraising Efforts

Chicago Public Media (CPM) announced today that former Groupon director Kassie Stephenson has been selected to lead the organization’s fundraising efforts as the new Vice President of Membership & Marketing. Stephenson will assume her new role Feb. 18th.

Stephenson comes to CPM with 20 years of marketing experience, including nearly four years at Groupon, where she held several key positions as the company transitioned from a new start-up to a publically traded organization. Her hiring marks the end of an extensive search that began in October.

Award-Winning Chicago Public Media Host Richard Steele to Retire

Chicago Public Media (CPM) announced today that award-winning host and correspondentRichard Steele will retire Oct. 10 after 27 years with the media company.

While Steele, 72, will be stepping away from his full-time position, fans can still catch him onThe Barber Shop Show, the popular talk show taped at Carter's Barbershop in Chicago's North Lawndale neighborhood. Steele will continue to host the show, which airs Fridays and Saturdays on Vocalo and Sundays on WBEZ.

Chicago Public Media Welcomes the Community to its New South Side Bureau Location in Park Manor

Chicago Public Media invites the public to check out the new location of its South Side Bureau, 322 E. 75th Street (at Prairie), at an open house Friday, June 13, 4-8 p.m. Award-winning Chicago Public Media journalist and South Side Bureau reporter Natalie Y. Moore will be on hand, along with Vocalo DJ Ayana Contreras (Reclaimed Soul), to welcome folks to the Bureau, listen to some music and enjoy complimentary food and beverages.

Chicago Public Media Hires New CEO Following National Search

Chicago Public Media (CPM) announced today that Goli Sheikholeslami has been selected by the board of directors as the organization’s new chief executive officer and president.