Community Advisory Board
The Indiana Public Radio Advisory Council was established in 1997, and operated under bylaws adopted in the same year. In 2014, Indiana Public Radio and WIPB-TV were reorganized, and on March 11, 2015 the Advisory Council recognized the synergy between the broadcast stations and adopted new bylaws to support the change. The Council continues to represent Indiana Public Radio: WBST Muncie, WBSB Anderson, WBSH Hagerstown/New Castle, WBSJ Portland, and WBSW Marion, and now also represents WIPB Public Television: WIPB-HD, WIPB2, and WIPB3 Weather.
The Advisory Council Members serve as the Ambassadors for both stations while advising and assisting in matters of awareness and support of Public Broadcasting. While the Council does not act on specific matters of programming, management, operations, or policy, it does provide important input regarding the role of Public Broadcasting throughout the service area to station management. Council Members serve as advocates and spokespersons, assist in identifying prospects and in fundraising, identify and recruit volunteers, serve as local resources for community information and introductions, are financial supporters of one or both stations, and contribute to the overall success of the Advisory Council.
Advisory Council Meetings
As a recipient of a Community Service Grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, IPR complies with Section 396(k)(5) of the Communications Act.
The IPR/WIPB-TV Advisory Council will hold its next meeting on Monday, Feb. 4, 2019 at 5:30 p.m. in the Ball State University Alumni Center Board Room, 2800 W Bethel Ave.
Upcoming meeting: 5:30 p.m. Monday, March 4 in the Alumni Center Board Room.
Open Meeting Policy
Advisory Council meetings are open to the public, as required by Section 396(k)(5) of the Communications Act. Under the statutory definition of “meeting,” Advisory Council meetings are open to the public whenever a quorum is in attendance, and deliberations are taking place which relate to the activities of the Council.
Advisory Council Membership
The Advisory Council represents the diverse interests of Indiana Public Radio and WIPB-TV, with three members offering perspectives from each of the following regional divisions:
- Adams, Blackford, Jay, and Wells Counties Region;
- Grant, Howard, Miami, Tipton, and Wabash Counties Region;
- Hamilton, Hancock, Johnson, Madison, Marion, and Shelby Counties Region;
- Delaware County Region;
- Decatur, Fayette, Franklin, Henry, Randolph, Rush, Union and Wayne Counties Region.
Council members are appointed for a term of three years, and may serve no more than two consecutive terms.
The General Manager is an ex-officio member and officer of the Advisory Council. A designated station employee serves as Recording Secretary and is also an ex-officio member of the council and executive committee.
Individuals who are interested in serving on the Advisory Council are encouraged to contact Indiana Public Radio at (765) 285-5888 or 800-646-1812, or WIPB-TV at (765) 285-1249 or 800-252-9472.
Current Advisory Council Members
Adams, Blackford, Jay, and Wells Counties Region
Ruth Jennerjahn, Myra Smith, Lisa Weeks
Grant, Howard, Miami, Tipton, and Wabash Counties Region
William R. Henry, LaRea Slater (Chairperson), vacant (1)
Hamilton, Hancock, Johnson, Madison, Marion, and Shelby Counties Region
Emmett Dulaney, DeAnna May
Delaware County Region
Brad Edmondson, Yvonne Thompson (Vice-Chairperson), Velvet Wall
Decatur, Fayette, Franklin, Henry, Randolph, Rush, Union and Wayne Counties Region
Brendon Bow, Mary Jo Crutcher, John Dockery, Sara Gullion, Darin Miller, Michael Statler, Javon Washington
Administrative Coordinator / Advisory Council Recording Secretary