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BPR Community Forum Meets Virtually May 12, 2021

The next virtual meeting of the BPR Community Forum is scheduled for Wednesday May 12, 6:00-7:30 PM via Zoom. 


The BPR Community Forum is a volunteer group that provides community input about programming and service. The forum is an advisory committee, which is not involved directly in the station's daily management or operations, but that relays information from their local communities to BPR station staff and board members. The members of the Community Forum represent different professions, geographic regions, and individual needs and interests of the listeners and the communities BPR serves.


The Community Forum is governed by a steering committee, responsible for basic organizational matters. It is comprised of a member of the BPR Board of Directors, three members of Forum, and two members from station management. Find a current list of Forum members here


BPR Community Forum Agenda

Wednesday, May 12, 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Location: Zoom


1.Introduction of Forum Members

(In Chat: Introduce yourself, where you live, and share one thing you’re looking forward to doing in post-COVID times?)

o   Presenter: Catherine Komp, Director of Content


2.   Station Update (10 Minutes)

o   Presenter: David Feingold, GM & Catherine

o   Station Demographics

o   DEI Training

o   BPR Hiring Process

o   Partnership Updates 


3.   Introduction Steering Committee  - Catherine (5 Minutes)

o   Presenter: Steering Committee

o   Committee will introduce themselves and address how the forum is pivoting to a more engaged roll at BPR 


4.   Community Forum Overview (5 Minutes)

o   Presenter: David and John Noor, BPR Board Member

o   Provide members with a baseline for what the Community Forum is and how it is utilized at other stations 


5.   Goal & Objective of Community Forum Going Forward

o   Presenter: Angela Prodrick

o   The Steering Committee will review the outlined goals and objectives with the forum. 


6.   Breakout in Working Groups (30 minutes)

o   One committee member will facilitate conversation in each of the groups. During the session, the groups will discuss meaningful engagement on the forum and brainstorm objectives in their goal area. Each group will appoint a scribe.  The groups will also determine how they will communicate moving forward and when their next meeting will be. Sessions will be recorded to preserve all of the ideas generated.

Rick’s Group - Diversify the Community Forum’s membership

John’s Group - Help BPR significantly increase and diversify its listening audience

Angela’s Group - Improve BPR’s ability to gather and assess community feedback/input on station program content and delivery mechanisms


          7) Recap from Working Groups (20 Minutes)


          8) Next Meeting Dates For Full Community Forum

o   September 15, 6-7:30 PM

o   December 15, 6-7:30 PM



The public is invited to attend and observe Community Forum meetings. For more information, please contact Catherine Komp by Monday May 10, 2021 by emailing ckomp@bpr.org or calling 828.210.4830 to register for the Zoom meeting.  


Catherine Komp joined Blue Ridge Public Radio in September 2020 as the organization’s first Director of Content, leading BPR’s talented team of local journalists and content creators, overseeing national programming and facilitating collaborations and engagement initiatives.