VPR's new Community Forum got underway with its first meeting today and it was a great start. The Forum is like a big focus group that helps VPR understand how we're serving our audience with VPR, VPR Classical, and VPR.net. New members are selected every two years.
The Forum heard a "state of the station" from VPR's President and CEO Robin Turnau. In short, listening is up! We're still feeling the effects of the recession, and there is a hugely promising future. Then we launched into a robust discussion about VPR's programming. There were great comments about the BBC, On Point, Vermont Edition, jazz, Spark, VPR and VPR Classical hosts, Hearts of Space, and much more.
The Forum members also put their minds to VPR's digital future with a robust discussion about VPR's role online and ways that VPR can increase the value of VPR.net.
There was also a presentation by 10 members of the VPR staff who gave 3-minute snapshots about "How VPR Works." Vermont Edition Senior Producer Patti Daniels went so far as to bring props for Mitch Wertlieb (see photo, left) to give Forum members a real-life kind of experience.
It was quite a morning; and the Community Forum is ready to roll up its sleeves to help VPR provide the best public service ever. Welcome!