In order to receive funding from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, KEDM is required to post responses to several questions about the community service provided by the station.
1. Describe your overall goals and approach to address identified community issues, needs, and interests through your station's vital local services, such as multiplatform long and short-form content, digital and inperson engagement, education services, community information, partnership support, and other activities, and audiences you reached or new audiences you engaged.
KEDM engages and seeks further information from the community through direct feedback at local events such as the Downtown Gallery Art Crawl and the Monroe Chamber of Commerce Ouachita 101 events for new residents; through social media, and by partnering with other local service organizations for events. KEDM follows feedback on local news stories and public-affairs programs, and provides quarterly live community forums featuring experts on a given topic.
2. Describe key initiatives and the variety of partners with whom you collaborated, including other public media outlets, community nonprofits, government agencies, educational institutions, the business community, teachers and parents, etc. This will illustrate the many ways you're connected across the community and engaged with other important organizations in the area.
KEDM provided over 180 public affairs interviews with community nonprofits, and provided information on over three hundred events via the online event calendar and PSA announcements. The station continued its partnership with the Monroe Symphony Orchestra, the Downtown Art Alliance, the Northeast Louisiana Celtic Festival, and others. KEDM partnered with the United Way of Northeast Louisiana, bringing awareness of the Read.Learn.Succeed program for volunteers to read to students in public schools. Through the Give the Joy of Learning campaign, KEDM provided over 1,700 books to area children in second and third grades. KEDM brough visibility ot hte University of Louisiana at Monroe School of Visual and Performing Arts in collaborating for a gala benefit for the spring musical.
3. What impact did your key initiatives and partnerships have in your community? Describe any known measurable impact, such as increased awareness, learning or understanding about particular issues. Describe indicators of success, such as connecting people to needed resources or strengthening conversational ties across diverse neighborhoods. Did a partner see an increase in requests for related resources? Please include direct feedback from a partner(s) or from a person(s) served.
Through community forums featuring expert panels, KEDM raised community awareness of workforce development issues and efforts, the value of small businesses to the local economy, impacts of and prevention of dating violence, and the implementation of policy reform for medical marijuana in Louisiana. Attendees remarked on the value of these discussions for their understanding of the issues addressed.
4. Please describe any efforts (e.g. programming, production, engagement activities) you have made on investigate and/or meet the needs of minority and other diverse audiences (including, but not limited to, new immigrants, people for whom English is a second language and illiterate adults) during Fiscal Year 2018, and any plans you have made to meet the needs of these audiences during Fiscal Year 2019. If you regularly broadcast in a language other than English, please note the language broadcast.
KEDM maintains an active community advisory board separate from the state-appointed institutional management board to assist the station in identifying the diverse needs of its community. Membership of the board represents a cross-section of the community. The CAB provides important input into the programming decisions made by KEDM in response to the needs of its diverse potential audience.
5. Please assess the impact that your CPB funding had on your ability to serve your community. What were you able to do with your grant that you wouldn't be able to do if you didn't receive it?
CPB's continuing funding is crucial to the basic existence of the station. Serving one of the most imporverished regions of the nation, KEDM could not maintain its national and local programming solely relying on financial support generated within the regional community. For the fiscal year ended June 30, 2018 CPB CSG funding represented approximately 22% of the station's total operating budget; with the sturggling local economy, state funding from the university will decrease and donor funding is likely to stay the same or grow marginally; the importance of CPB funding will therefore increase.