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

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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 stop by, grab some light refreshments 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.

Meets in the evening the third Tuesday of May and October
Next meeting: May 19, 2020
Location and time TBA

Meets in the evening the third Wednesday of May and October
Next meeting: May 20, 2020
Location and time TBA

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 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 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 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 in consideration in future programming decisions.

Q: Do I need to join the Community Advisory 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. Please let us know if you want to attend the meetings held in Duluth or Hibbing.

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 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? We'd love to see you at our next meeting! You can email email [at] wdse [dot] org or simply show up to our next meeting.

Sounding Board Chair– Sarah Crowell – Duluth, MN
Casey & Lyn Aro – Zim, MN
Jan Carey – Hibbing, MN
Mark Carlos – Superior, WI
Natalie Constance – Duluth, MN
Elsie Davis – Duluth, MN
Julie Demgen – Duluth, MN
Abby Dietrich – Hibbing, MN
Don & Dorothy Hilligoss – Hibbing, MN
Donna Johnson – Hibbing, MN
Leslie Kellett – Duluth, MN
Joe & Mary Keyes – Hibbing, MN
Larry & Cheryl Killien – Chisholm, MN
Terry & Carol Maciej – Pengilly, MN
Barbara McDaniel – Hawthorne, WI
Curtis and Ethel Nelson – Duluth, MN
Dennis Ramberg – Duluth, MN
Robert & Shirley Schmid – Hibbing, MN
Don Slosson – Hibbing, MN
Glenn Spruell – Hibbing, MN
Jessica Sterle – Duluth, MN
Ashley Sullivan – Duluth, MN
Betty Tolan – Hermantown, MN
Ron Wirkkula – Hibbing, MN

Updated 11/14/2019