You’re Invited to WDSE • WRPT’s Sounding Board

Share your Input and Ideas with WDSE • WRPT’s Community Advisory Board, or Sounding Board.

To help best serve our community, WDSE • WRPT hosts Sounding Board meetings in Hibbing and Duluth twice a year. All meetings are open to the public. We want to hear your thoughts and ideas about our current programming and what you feel we could do better. Your feedback helps us continue to ensure we are meeting the needs of your community.

We hope that you’ll "Zoom" in and share your thoughts with us! Who knows…you may see them produced and on-air; documentaries such as “Minnesota’s Lost Mining Towns” and “Historic Trails of Northern Minnesota” are just a few of the projects developed from suggestions gathered from these very meetings! We can’t wait to hear from you.

Note: Due to COVID-19, the meetings will be held over Zoom. Attending the Sounding Board is free and open to the public. You can receive the log-in information, including dial-in information via a phone (no internet connection or Zoom required), by clicking the link for the meeting you would like to attend. If you have any questions or would like to receive the information by phone, please call 218.788.2813 during regular business hours or leave a message and we’ll reply the next business day.

Meets in the evening on the third Tuesday of May and October
Next meeting: October 20, 2020 at 5:30pm
Meeting via Zoom
Register for the Hibbing Area Meeting Here

Meets in the evening on the third Wednesday of May and October
Next meeting: October 21, 2020 at 5:30pm
Meeting via Zoom
Register for the Duluth Area Meeting Here

What Will We Talk About?

We’re exploring the creation of new content and want to know what you'd like to see now and in the future! We'll ask these questions such as these of the group, as well as share some updates from the station.

1. What are your favorite PBS/WDSE•WRPT programs? National? Local? Why? Do you find this same type of content from other sources? If so, where? What would you like to see more of? Are there topics/subjects you would like to see more of?
2. What are your favorite programs outside of PBS? Could it be online or broadcast? Why do you like them?
3. What are the issues or stories in our region that the local media is missing, in general?
4. Do you have ideas for us to follow on The Slice?

Can't make it? You can always email email [at] wdse [dot] org at any time with feedback or comments.


Q: What is WDSE • WRPT’s Sounding Board?
A: It’s a group of viewers and community members who come together twice a year – typically in the spring and the fall – to hear about WDSE•WRPT production and outreach activities and provide feedback. The role of this board is to advise WDSE•WRPT staff and the Board of Directors if our programming is meeting the educational and cultural needs of their community and provide suggestions for improvement. The feedback received during these meetings is taken into consideration in future programming decisions.

While the general public is invited to participate in these meetings, the Sounding Board is a formal board, which community members are welcome to join. Members are encouraged to serve for a minimum of two years to get to know fellow board members and the station on a deeper level, as well as providing continuity for the station.

The board commitment consists of attending the twice/year Sounding Board meetings in either Duluth or Hibbing. While all attendees are encouraged to participate, members of the board can also vote.

Q: Do I need to join the Community Advisory Board (Sounding Board) to participate?
A: No, all meetings are open to the public. You don’t need to formally join the board to participate, but we’d love to have you join! The board meets twice a year in both Duluth and Hibbing. Do you want to just come to one meeting to share your thoughts? That’s okay too! But the more voices we hear from consistently, the better our programming and station will be.

Q: I would like to join the board. What does that entail?
A: That’s great! We’d love to have you. Members of the board attend two meetings a year – typically in the spring and the fall. You can sign up at one of the meetings or by calling (888) 563-9373 or emailing email [at] wdse [dot] org. Please let us know if you want to attend the meetings held in Duluth or Hibbing.

By joining the board, you will be encouraged to attend two meetings a year for at least one two-year term. We also look forward to hearing your feedback about how the station can better serve and reflect the community.

The Sounding Board’s Responsibilities are:

  • the right to review the station’s programming goals.
  • the right to review the service provided by the station.
  • the right to review significant policy decisions rendered by the station; and
  • the obligation to advise the station’s governing body on whether the station’s programming and other significant policies are meeting the specialized educational and cultural needs of the communities served by the station, and to make recommendations the SB deems appropriate to meet such needs.

The nomination of Chair for this committee whose responsibilities include:

  • Assistance to strengthen the SB and its role
  • Help recruit new members
  • Assist in conducting meetings

Q: What if I don’t have any specific ideas to share?
A: That’s great too! We still hope you’ll come and hear updates from the station. You are welcome to participate in the conversation at any time.

Q: What happens at these meetings?
A: A staff member of WDSE • WRPT provides updates on the production and outreach activities of the station. Those in attendance are asked to provide their input about the station’s current programming and outreach activities and to provide suggestions for future programming that would beneficial to their communities.

Q: I can’t make the meeting. How can I still give input?
A: You can email email [at] wdse [dot] org at any time with feedback or comments. You can also call our office during regular working hours: (888) 563-9373.

Sounding Board Members

Want to join our Sounding Board? Please call 218.788.2813 during regular business hours or leave a message and we’ll reply the next business day.

2019-2020 Sounding Board - Duluth Area

2019-2020 Sounding Board - Hibbing Area

Meeting Packet

Duluth Meeting Minutes for May
Hibbing Meeting Minutes for May
Production Programming Highlights for October
October Meeting Agenda