The StoryCorps mobile booth was parked on Cowles Commons for the month of August 2017, and we held an opening day event, storytelling workshop, and had a full house (270 attendees) at listening party at State Historical Society. Outreach leading up to deployment of the booth included 90 community organizations, resulting in what StoryCorps described as the strongest-ever community response on the mobile booth tour.
In collaboration with the News & Talk team, Morning Edition Host and Reporter, Clay Masters took the Public Radio on Tap series on the road to Des Moines, Storm Lake, and Iowa City — attracting an average attendance of 300 people. Moderated by Clay, questions were fielded from from the audience, and the discussion was recorded, edited and rebroadcast on River to River.
Working with The Gazette, Pints and Politics, a regularly held panel discussion often moderated by River to River Host, Ben Kieffer, was held in Cedar Rapids, and we partnered with Iowa Watch on a series of storytelling events in Iowa City.
These were recorded, edited, and later shared on the air for our listeners around the state.
Studio One continued to have a presence at music festivals across the state, presenting music at our free stage at 80/35 and interviewing performing artists at the Hinterland Music Festival. Our 80/35 stage has become a favorite stage for many festival goers.
The News & Talk team worked to bring you deep coverage of the 2018 legislative session, including a live broadcast of Governor Reynolds’ Condition of the State address, 16 talk shows focusing on legislative issues, 16 Under the Golden Dome podcasts examining legislative debate on the floor and behind the scenes and numerous stories, pieces and 2-ways with and from our Statehouse Correspondent Joyce Russell.
Awards IPR received at the Midwest Broadcast Journalists Association Awards in 2018
On the Air 24/7
Iowa Public Radio’s resourceful engineering and technical teams worked hard to keep all 25 of our stations on the air this past year. Our engineers spend all hours, year round, out in the elements ensuring that our stations are maintained and repaired when needed. Weather in Iowa can be extreme so our equipment has to withstand massive swings in temperature, rain, ice, and snow precipitation, wind, even lightning strikes. It’s not just towers and antennas that need maintenance, it’s the buildings on the ground that house the heating and cooling systems and transmitters. In addition, any changes or repairs made to our stations must meet strict FCC rules and safety codes. This crew is often our unsung heroes in broadcasting. We couldn’t do what we do without their behind the scenes efforts.
Record Private Support
Much of Iowa Public Radio’s growth over the past several years is largely attributed to member and private support. Last fiscal year, more than $6.2M was brought in from our members, underwriting partners, major gifts and event revenue. This is unprecedented for IPR. This success has allowed IPR to decrease the number of days spent fundraising on the air. However, on-air fundraising is still an important tool for welcoming new members to Iowa Public Radio. Thanks to you, this was a record year for private support for IPR.
FY18 Consolidated Financials
Message from Iowa Public Radio's Leadership
Iowa Public Radio is stronger than ever, thanks to you! Fiscal year 2018 was a collaborative year for IPR. As you may note from reviewing this year's annual report, it takes more than just turning on the speakers to bring you high quality content. All 55 staff employed by IPR play an important role in our success year after year, but your role is one of the most important. It's because of your continuing and growing support that we are what you hear each time you tune in.
We continually push ourselves to do more, and we're stretching to reach some big goals ahead. There are so many more stories to tell, more events that cultivate a sense of community, and more music to discover and share with you. This is an exciting time for public radio, and we believe we are just getting started. Your loyal member-driven support, ambassadorship to new listeners, and active engagement provide the fuel that ensures we will continue to succeed in the years ahead.
IPR is a unique public-private partnership. Our stations are owned by, and licensed to, Iowa's Regent Universities, and IPR manages these stations on behalf of the Universities for the benefit of Iowans. Together, listeners like you, the Universities, and the talented IPR team have created an extraordinary network that enriches the civic and cultural life in Iowa on a daily basis.
On behalf of the IPR Board and Staff, we thank you for listening and for your support.
Marsha Ternus, Chair of IPR's Board of Directors
Myrna Johnson, Executive Director