As a recipient of Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) funds, WPFW is required to have a Community Advisory Board (CAB). The CAB operates independently of WPFW’s management and its Local Station Board (LSB). We have no operational or day-to-day role in finance, personnel, programming, or in any other matter. Our independence ensures our ability to advise the LSB and station objectively.
The function of the CAB is to review the station’s programming goals, services provided by the station, and any significant policy decisions made by the station. We serve as a vehicle for the community to effectively provide input to the LSB and Programming Director. The CAB advises the LSB and Programming Director with respect to whether the programming and other policies of WPFW are meeting the specialized education and cultural needs of the communities served by the station, and may make recommendations we deem appropriate to meet these needs.
As outlined in the WPFW CAB bylaws, the CAB consists of up to12 members, including three officers - chairperson, vice-chair, and secretary. There are four committees within the CAB – Programming, Outreach, Bylaws and Membership, and Fundraising. Each member serves on at least two committees. Each committee is lead by a committee chair who reports to the CAB chair.
The CAB meets monthly to discuss and plan initiatives related to the review of the station’s programming goals, the services provided by the station, and any significant policy decisions made by the station. We engage with the LSB and the staff to undertake community outreach activities that help define the cultural and educational needs of the community. This might involve holding a series of public meetings, conducting listener surveys, acting as a soundboard for WPFW’s Programming Director, or assisting with outreach activities in the community. CAB meetings are held the third Monday of the month atThe public is encouraged to attend.
CAB members serve one two-year term, with the option to renew for one additional term. Members of the CAB must be actively engaged in CAB initiatives. This includes attending monthly meetings, sitting on at least two committees, productively contributing to discussions and planning sessions, and taking ownership of assignments as needed.
The next CAB meeting will be held Monday, July 21, 2014 at 6:30 pm at the Southwest Library located at 900 Wesley Place SW, Washington, DC 20024. All CAB meetings are open to the public.