Minnesota Public Radio
Our Mission is to enrich the mind and nourish the spirit, thereby enhancing the lives and expanding the perspectives of our audiences, and assisting them in strengthening their communities.
Review Completed: 8/22/2013
480 Cedar Street
Saint Paul, MN 55101
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||American Public Media
||Jon McTaggart, President & Chief Executive Officer
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Most Recent 990
Most Recent Audit
Minnesota Public Radio continued to deliver important news, arts and cultural programming to audiences everywhere in the region, the US and the world. MPR News provided the entire state with the best regional radio news available and created more ways to report news from all of Minnesota for all of Minnesota. MPR News garnered two national awards, two regional awards and 11 Minnesota Associated Press awards, and the newsroom responded to audience interest with more specialized reporting, analysis and commentary on topics like election issues, health care and climate change. The Public Insight Network of MPR News expanded to 57,000 ‘citizen experts.’
The Current grew in its role as a hub for the local music community and continued to engage younger listeners. The sold-out Rock the Garden concert, the Rock the Cradle celebration that introduces children to musical instruments and performance, and issues-focused Policy and a Pint discussions—engaged Current audiences beyond their listeners.
Classical MPR brought Minnesotans live concert broadcasts, including the BBC Proms and a dozen Carnegie Hall performances. Classical MPR hosted its annual Minnesota Varsity program to showcase the best high school classical musicians and composers. Classical MPR embedded classical Artist in Residence musicians in 24 schools, reaching more than 12,000 children with music education, inspiring live performances and a take-home compilation CD to bring classical music into homes.
Operating as American Public Media (APM), MPR supported its national program portfolio—A Prairie Home Companion, Performance Today, Marketplace and The Splendid Table—reaching 17 million listeners across the country.
MPR is working to maximize our essential public service to Minnesota by deepening our relationships in areas we already serve and finding opportunities to serve new regions. Key priorities are to continue to serve our audiences with indispensable content and to ensure universal access to our programming and content. We will continue to increase the relevance and importance of MPR News, strengthen the Classical MPR service through effective use of outreach, events, live broadcasts and creative programming, and increase the strength of The Current as an important MPR audience service. MPR will strengthen the impact, reach and performance of our national program portfolio—such as A Prairie Home Companion, Marketplace and The Splendid Table, and Wits—while ensuring that our production and distribution activities remain financially sustainable. MPR will continue to grow and engage our audiences on digital platforms and increase our online revenues. We will build our corporate strength by increasing our assets and revenues, and assist in strengthening the national public media system. We look to be a source of innovation and progress for our audiences, our industry and the communities we serve in the decades to come.
Community or Constituency Served
Minnesota Public Radio’s regional service is intended to serve news, information and cultural needs of the residents of Minnesota and its border communities. MPR operates a 44-station radio network serving virtually all of the state and parts of surrounding states. Reaching one million listeners each week, MPR produces programming for radio, Internet and face-to-face audiences, and is home to the largest and most experienced radio newsroom in the Upper Midwest. Programs produced by MPR, under the brand American Public Media, reach 17 million listeners on more than 800 radio stations nationwide each week. A complete list of stations, programs and additional services can be found at www.minnesotapublicradio.org and at www.americanpublicmedia. org.
Geographic Area Served
For our Minnesota Public Radio regional service, Minnesota and surrounding communities. For our American Public Media national service, the United States and beyond.
Impact and Programs
3 Year Average Expenses
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|Unrestricted Net Assets (End of Year), Current 990
|Based on information provided on 2010 to 2012