KEDM is the listener-supported public radio station for Monroe, West Monroe, and all or parts of eleven parishes of northeast Louisiana and four counties in southeast Arkansas. The station broadcasts a lineup of in-depth news, Classical, Jazz and a variety of other musical genres, along with special entertainment and other enriching programs.
KEDM began serving the Northeast Louisiana and Southeast Arkansas area on April 23, 1991. On the station’s 18th birthday, April 23, 2009, KEDM became the first station in its region broadcasting in digital HD Radio™.
- The University of Louisiana at Monroe operates KEDM as a public service.
- We work to provide the citizens of our coverage area with quality news and entertainment programs, so that the public is informed about the events that shape our lives and enriched by the culture that sirs our souls.
- We support the region's local arts groups, civic groups, and other organizations that seek to increase the quality of life in our community.
- Our work strives to ehhance the social, educational and cultural reputation of the listening area.
KEDM is affiliated with two public radio networks: National Public Radio (NPR) and American Public Media (APM). NPR provides KEDM with programs such as Morning Edition, All Things Considered, and Car Talk. APM provides quality programs such as A Prairie Home Companion and Marketplace. KEDM also utilizes programming from independent producers, and produces a number of local programs and features as well.
KEDM broadcasts information programming 24/7 on HD Radio channel KEDM Ideas.
Funding for KEDM comes from several sources:
- Memberships - Monetary support by individuals, referred to as "memberships," play an important role for KEDM. Because KEDM does not air commercials, the support received from listeners help ensure the continuation of quality radio programming for our region.
- Underwriting - Financial contributions provided by businesses and nonprofit organizations are acknowledged by brief on-air announcements. KEDM’s underwriters appreciate the station’s unique contribution to our community, and value the distinctive qualities of our audience.
- University of Louisiana at Monroe - KEDM’s licensee provides annual in-kind support in the form of services, facilities, and utilities. The university also provides direct support.
- Grants - Public radio stations across the country receive partial funding through the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), a private, nonprofit corporation created by Congress in 1967. The support KEDM receives from CPB is determined in part by the amount of nonfederal funding the station raises. KEDM additionally receives a small annual grant from the State of Louisiana for station operations. Other occasional grants fund capital projects for equipment acquisition and facilities improvements.
- Events - Friends of KEDM conducts a number of special fundraising events each year to generate revenue for general station operations.
- Station Management
- KEDM is licensed to the University of Louisiana at Monroe, which is governed by the University of Louisiana System Board of Supervisors:
|E. Gerald "T-Boy" Hebert, Chair|
|Jimmie "Beau" Martin, Jr., Vice Chair|
|Edward J. Crawford, III, Parliamentarian|
|Dr. Kelly Faircloth|
|John O. LeTard|
|Jimmy D. Long, Sr.|
|D. Wayne Parker|
|Carl G. Shetler|
- Date, time and place of open meetings
- Audited Financial Statements. Copies may be requested by contacting the station during normal business hours. A nominal fee may apply.
- Community Advisory Board
- As a recipient of a Community Services Grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, KEDM is required to post information about highly paid staff and contractors. This year, no staff or contractors met the criteria for required posting.
Diversity. KEDM Public Radio is committed to fostering a culture of diversity and inclusion to maintain a fair, unbiased work environment, and to enhance our ability to effectively serve the public as a media organization. Diversity at KEDM encompasses our differences, including, but not limited to, race, ethnicity, gender, age, sexual orientation, and religion. KEDM aims to connect all of our community through programming that reflects the diverse and unique community in which we live.
University management and the Community Advisory Board seek to fully develop goals, policy practices and initiatives for Diversity and Inclusion. They may include, but are not limited to, recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce that is representative of our community; educating our management and staff in best practices for maintaining an inclusive and diverse environment; producing content that reflects and respects the diverse community in which we live.