The Role of the Sounding Board
- A Community Advisory Council (CAC) is established to review the programming and significant policy decisions of a Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) funded public broadcasting station, and to advise the station on how it serves the educational and cultural needs of its coverage area.
- A CAC does not exercise any control over the daily management or operation of the station.
- CAC requirements are part of an overall set of statutory obligations for stations that receive funds from CPB.
Sounding Board Mission
- To provide meaningful feedback about Chicago Public Media programming and policies, and to represent the diverse needs and interests of the communities it serves.
Sounding Board Membership
- The Sounding Board may have up to 20members. Members are selected for one two-year term and are eligible to serve a second term. Applications are made online when membership opportunities become available. Sounding Board members are chosen by a joint committee comprised of three CPM representatives, and at least two Sounding Board members.
Sounding Board Member Responsibilities:
- Must be a member of WBEZ or Vocalo;
- Have knowledge of CPM programming;
- Offer insightful perspectives from the communities they identify with;
- Speak to the impact public media has on their communities;
- Read or listen to material for discussions at meetings;
- Attend and participate in four meetings a year and in discussions via online forums year-round
Sounding Board Meetings Calendar
Time: 6:00 - 8 p.m.
Location: Chicago Public Media, Navy Pier, 848 E. Grand Ave.
Community Room (unless otherwise indicated)
2020 Meeting Dates
- Thursday, February 27
- Thursday, June 4
- Wednesday, August 19
- Thursday, December 3
*Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions or are interested in attending a Sounding Board meeting.
All Sounding Board meetings are open to the public.
2020 Sounding Board Members
Alison Neidt Toonen
Leslie Carranza Espinoza