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News Release
May 20, 2013
Spokane Public Radio North Idaho Bureau Chief Jessica Robinson took away seven Idaho Press Club radio awards, including second place for Reporter of the Year. The awards banquet was held on Saturday, May 18, in Boise, Idaho. Robinson is also the Inland Northwest Correspondent for the Northwest News Network (N3).
Robinson received the following distinctions:

  • Second Place, Reporter of the Year
  • First PlaceGeneral News: “Support for Bowe Bergdahl remains strong three years after capture”
  • First PlaceLight Feature: “Search for jazz singer’s roots brings together two Julias”
  • First PlaceSerious Feature: “Northwest’s rural gay community coming out of shadows”
  • Second PlaceLight Feature: “One Housing Sector That’s Booming: Survival Realty”
  • Second Place Watchdog / Investigative Report  “Family of killed miner says company’s decision caused collapse”
  • Third PlaceSerious Feature: “Two-headed trout spur scrutiny of mine pollution”
Robinson’s stories are featured on Spokane Public Radio stations KPBX 91.1 and KSFC 91.9 throughout Eastern Washington and North Idaho, as well as Boise State Public Radio. A number of her features have been selected for national broadcast by NPR News.
For the full Idaho Press Club awards’ list, visit:
Jessica Robinson

Jessica Robinson reports for Spokane Public Radio and the Northwest News Network from a joint bureau in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. From the politics of wolves to racial tolerance in small towns, Robinson covers the economic, demographic, and environmental trends that are shaping communities east of the Cascades.

Prior to joining SPR and N3, Robinson was the news director of Jefferson Public Radio in Ashland, Oregon, where she produced a newsmagazine on Northern California and Southern Oregon. In 2010, she took a year to study Spanish in central Mexico and reported for an English–language newspaper in San Miguel de Allende. Her stories for radio and print have earned awards from the Associated Press, the Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association, and Public Radio News Directors Inc.

A Northwest native, Robinson grew up in an off–the–grid log cabin in the Columbia River Gorge. These days, when she's not agonizing over the perfect piece of tape, she enjoys camping and hiking, amateur photography, and learning the etymology of words.

April 26, 2013

Spokane Public Radio’s first one-day on-air membership campaign began—and concluded—on Thursday, April 18. The drive raised $167,000 in 24 hours and more than $300,000 in the membership push leading up to the one-day drive.

“Service to our communities is why we are here. The results are an indication of just how highly that service is valued,” said SPR President and General Manager Cary Boyce. “On behalf of the SPR staff, volunteers, and our board of directors, our thanks go out to all who help us bring great radio service to our listeners in the Inland Northwest and beyond, all day and every day.”
Membership dollars make up approximately 50% of SPR’s annual operating budget. Proceeds from membership campaigns and on-air fund drives allow SPR to purchase national news and music programming (NPR, BBC, APM, PRI, PRX). These dollars help leverage state and federal funds, which in turn help SPR improve and expand its services in news, music, and entertainment. Other sources of revenue include underwriting and corporate support (16%), the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) (13%), and miscellaneous income, including passive income and donated services (14%); special events and sponsorships (5%); other grantors and foundations (2%).
SpokanePublic Radio (91.1 KPBX, 91.9 KSFC, and 90.3 KPBZ fm) is the NPR affiliate station providing the Inland Northwest region with award-winning, in-depth news, insightful discussion, and music and arts programs that focus on the issues and people who shape our community, our country, and our world. More at:
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February 20, 2013

Contact: Shelley Sharp, marketing & PR manager / (509) 328-5729
SpokanePublic Radio & City Cable Channel 5 present
SPR Heath Forum
ObamaCare: Fact & Fiction

Tuesday, March 19, 2013, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Spokane City Hall Council Chambers

Spokane-- On Tuesday, March 19, Spokane Public Radio and City Cable 5 team up to bring residents the facts and myths surrounding the Affordable Healthcare Act, also known as ObamaCare.  The SPR Health Forum will take place in the Spokane City Hall Council Chambers from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.. The event is free and open to the public, health care professionals, government officials, and anyone who is curious or has concerns about the new laws and how residents of Washington State are affected.  Award-winning reporter and former SPR News Director Doug Nadvornick will moderate the discussion and take questions from the audience during the second hour. 
The distinguished ObamaCare: Fact & Fictionpanel includes: Mike Kreidler, Washington State insurance commissioner; Group Health’s Madeline Otto, director of federal government relations; Michael Marchand from the Washington Health Benefit Exchange; Providence Health Care’s Chief Medical Executive Jeff Collins, MD; a representative from the Community Health Association of Spokane; and a possible guest from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Discussion may include health care exchanges, how the new law affects those already insured, changes to Medicaid and Medicare, expected costs, and how the Act will work for the average health care consumer.
The SPR Health Forum will be taped for later broadcast on Spokane Public Radio services KPBX 91.1-FM and KSFC 91.9-FM, as well as on City Cable Channel 5. Dates and times for the radio and television broadcasts will be posted on SPR’s website on Wednesday, March 20.
The event is underwritten by event donors: SpokaneJournal of Business, Providence Health & Services,
RHD Employee Benefits, and WSU-Spokane
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January 21, 2013
Contact for more info: Kathy Sackett, event director
800.328.5729 /


A Informal Gathering to Meet & Speak with SPR's Cary Boyce
January 21, 2013 / 1pm to 3pm - FREE

On Friday, February 1, SPR President and General Manager Dr. Cary Boyce is scheduled to speak at the meeting of the Rotary Club of Coeur d’Alene, held at noon at the Coeur d’Alene Resort, about the stations’ immediate and long-range plans and how these will affect Coeur d’Alene listeners and supporters. Dr. Boyce’s presentation is open to all members of the Coeur d’Alene Rotary.

At 1pm, Boyce will move to The Bistro on Spruce at 
1710 North 4th Street for an informal public visit with North Idaho residents until 3pm. The event is open to everyone and visitors are encouraged to enjoy a cup of free coffee and bring their questions about SPR’s programs and services. map

For more information about Dr. Boyce’s visit to Coeur d’Alene, call (800) 328-5729.

Spokane Public Radio consists of three program streams: KPBX 91.1 (music, arts, news), KSFC 91.9 (news and information), both heard in Coeur d’Alene, and KPBZ 90.3 (Public Radio Remix), heard primarily in the Spokane metro area. SPR signals cover approximately 20,000 square miles, offering access to both rural and urban areas via radio, computer, smart phone, or electronic tablet. The NPR affiliate for the Inland Northwest, SPR stations KPBX and KSFC carry NPR News and national programs like Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me!, A Prairie Home Companion, and Car Talk. Locally, SPR maintains a North Idaho news bureau and correspondent and is a member of the Northwest News Network.

October 29, 2012                                                                    
Spokane Public Radio’s On-Air Fall Membership Campaign concluded on Thursday, October 25, raising $225,000. The stations gained 397 new member pledges. The on-air drive, which began on October 18, is one of two on-air campaigns held by SPR, annually.
“Our listeners are the single most important reason we’re here,” said new President and General Manager Cary Boyce, “both in terms of our mission, and in terms of support. Simply put, the public is really the backbone of public radio. Public support enables us to serve everyone in our listening region, from eastern Montana to northern Oregon to the Methow Valley, by broadcasting in-depth news as well as national and local programs. And we leverage those dollars from community support in many other ways. So on behalf of the board of directors and the staff of SPR, our thanks go out to the members, underwriters, granting organizations, and volunteers who help us bring great radio every day to our listeners in the Inland Northwest and beyond.”
Membership dollars make up about half of SPR’s annual operating budget. Proceeds from membership campaigns and on-air fund drives allow the stations to purchase national radio news and music programming (NPR, BBC, APM, PRI, PRX), maintain a news staff and conduct regional reporting, pay for annual fees and licenses, and assist with daily operation’s expenses.
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Spokane Public Radio (91.1 KPBX, 91.9 KSFC, and 90.3 KPBZ fm) is the NPR-affiliate station providing the Inland Northwest region with award-winning, in-depth news, insightful discussion, and music and arts programs that focus on the issues and people who shape our community, our country, and our world. 

July 21, 2012

Spokane, WA-- Following a national search, Dr. Cary Boyce has been named president and general manager of Spokane Public Radio. Boyce was chosen after a careful vetting of national and local candidates by the station’s search committee. “We had a pool of high-quality individuals and feel we have the right person to lead the organization into the future,” said Search Committee Chair and SPR Board President Tom Parker. “Cary brings nearly 20 years of experience in the operations, management, and funding of public radio and we are thrilled he has accepted the position. I am very excited and unbelievably optimistic that SPR has a bright future with Cary leading the team.” Boyce will officially
begin September 1.

Dr. Boyce comes to SPR from WFIU, Indiana Public Media, where he acted for the past seven years as the station’s operations and production manager. His extensive public radio experience with WFIU includes not only broadcast, production, and syndication experience, but work on expansion of integrated media in the service of public broadcasting as well. Boyce is also an active composer and musician, and an Emmy Award winner for original music composed for the PBS documentary Harp Dreams in 2011. He has been the recipient of numerous music grants, including awards from the Pew Charitable Trust, National Endowment for the Arts, and Arts International. Dr. Boyce is co-founder of the innovative music company, Aguava New Music Studio, which has garnered awards and accolades from around the world. “Dr. Boyce’s public radio experience coupled with his commitment to the arts fits the station’s mission perfectly,” said Parker.

“It’s a pleasure and an honor to accept the general manager position for Spokane Public Radio,” stated Dr. Boyce. “Public media on the whole is experiencing a sea of change in operations, production, and of course our funding models…but the vision and value of public broadcasting remain the same.” Boyce noted that with great challenges come great opportunities. “With a strong and loyal crew, and the support of the listeners and communities it serves, SPR is well poised to face these challenges. Together, we will find a path to a bright and sustainable future.”

Boyce will take the leadership role in working with the board of directors on development, maintenance of the station’s mission, and coordination and implementation of long-range and strategic plans. His priorities include a review of current operations and programming, identifying ways to expand listenership and increase revenue, and getting to know the communities that SPR serves. “For the first year, I’ll spend a great deal of time listening,” Boyce said. “I will visit the communities throughout the listening region and seek out the opinions and perceptions of our listeners and partners.”
Parker explained, “The board chose Dr. Boyce for his proven range of abilities to expand and emphasize listener, donor, and business relationships while developing and executing strategic ways forward. He has a long record of success in the multiple directions that public media is heading.” 
Boyce replaces Richard Kunkel who over the past 22 years expanded SPR from one station to three, secured federal funding to convert outlying translators into transmitters, and advanced the station’s HD channels.

“The board, the staff, and the community are enthusiastic about the possibilities that lie ahead for us,” said Parker. “With a rich history, a strong mission, and the fresh vision that Dr. Boyce brings, there isn’t anything that the organization can’t accomplish.”

Spokane Public Radio stations KPBX 91.1, KSFC 91.9, and KPBZ 90.3 are the primary sources of music and arts information, humanities programming, and world, national, state, regional and local news across a 20,000 square mile area including north central and eastern Washington, northern Idaho, western Montana, southeast British Columbia, and parts of northeastern Oregon. SPR is the region’s NPR affiliate with a staff of 28 full and part-time employees, an annual budget of $1.8 million, and a cume of more than 70,000 weekly listeners.

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