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NFCB Conference to Focus on Transformation

Community radio conference addresses modern challenges for community broadcasters

The National Federation of Community Broadcasters Community Radio Conference will be held May 29–June 1 in San Francisco.

Attendees will have the opportunity to attend educational workshops and hear speakers and panels address issues key to transforming stations to be as successful as possible in the modern, “post-radio” age, according to a release.

Joaquin Alvarado, Chief Strategy Officer, Center for Investigative Reporting, will present the opening session keynote on May 30, addressing the conference theme of “Transformation: Community Radio Stations as Core, Connected Civic Institutions in a Post-Radio Age.”

Wednesday, May 29, workshops include: “Using the Census to Map Your Community,” “Community Engagement” and “Membership Management.”

Thursday, May 30, features a “Recipe for Good Listening,” a “New Partnerships Discussion,” in addition the Solution Centers (which are divided by job), as well as the newcomers meeting and opening reception. Thursday’s lunch includes the presentation of the Bader Award and the Volunteer of the Year and Building Innovative Organizations with Ideo. The Latino Salon Plus, and meetings with Pacifica affiliates, NV1 affiliates and Radio Bilingüe affiliates will also be held on Thursday.

Friday, May 31, will continue with workshops and panels. The NFCB Membership Meeting will be held in the afternoon, and there will also be an opportunity to visit and tour KPFA(FM) in Berkeley.

During the conference, NFCB will also host summits geared to certain demographics: African-American stations, Native-American stations, rural stations and urban stations.

Workshops featured at the conference fall under the categories of “Big Thinking,” “Development,” “Compliance,” “Programming,” “News,” “Technology,” “Governance,” “Management,” “Engagement” and “Best practices in partnerships and collaborations.”