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BPR Community Forum Meets Virtually September 15, 2021

The next virtual meeting of the BPR Community Forum is scheduled for Wednesday September 15, 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, September 15, 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Location: Zoom


  1. Welcome and icebreaker Q in chat - Catherine Komp (3 minutes)

  2. Station Update - Steve Busey (5 minutes) 

    1. GM Search

    2. Financial Picture 

    3. Fall Membership Drive 

  3. WZQS Update - Jason Reed (5 minutes) 

  4. New Program Schedule - Catherine (5 minutes) 

  5. Community Partnerships - Catherine Introduces

    1. StoryCraft - Cass Herrington (5 minutes)

    2. BPR/Foxfire Oral Histories - Lilly Knoepp (5 minutes) 

  6. Station Updates Q&A - 10 Minutes (Catherine moderates) 

  7. Working Group Reports - 40 Minutes

    1. Diversity of Forum - Rick Devereaux - 20 Minutes (includes Q&A) 

    2. Diversity of Audience - John Wood - 20 Minutes (includes Q&A)  

  8. General Q&A - 10 Minutes (Catherine Moderates)

Continuation of Work Group Discussions or Other Questions

  1. Closing - Reminder about working group participation, recruitment for new members, next meeting 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 5 PM Tuesday September 14, 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.