2017 WMFE Annual Impact Report
Welcome to the 2017 Annual Impact Report Summary for 90.7 WMFE. We’re excited to bring you up to date on the station’s activities and highlight a few of our accomplishments from our fiscal year, October 1, 2016 – September 30, 2017.
Please read all about our accomplishments and more inside. We hope you find this summary helpful and that you’ll download the full report here. As always, thanks for listening.
Here are the most meaningful moments in our book from 2017. You can download the full Annual Impact Report here.
1. WELCOMED A SISTER STATION
90.7 WMFE announced plans in September 2017 to expand its public service in central Florida with the acquisition of a new signal, WKSG-FM 89.5 (The Boulevard) in Cedar Creek, just north of The Villages.
2. COMPLETED FULL YEAR OF SILENT FUNDRAISING
We aired brief messages between the news asking for financial support. We haven’t had a traditional fund drive since May 2016.
3. FOUR-YEAR HIGH IN LISTENERSHIP
The year 2017 saw a four-year high in listenership, demonstrating the appeal and importance of public radio in central Florida.
4. NEW ANTENNA
In August 2017, we replaced our broadcast antenna, which had been faithfully pumping our signal across central Florida since the day we first went on the air 37 years ago.
5. PRESTIGIOUS AWARDS
90.7 WMFE won first place in all three nominated categories in the 2017 Florida AP Awards Contest, Radio I division. The Asian American Chamber of Commerce of Central Florida awarded the prestigious 2016 Golden Dragon Award to 90.7 WMFE.
6. LAUNCHED AN EDUCATION DESK
WMFE launched its Education Desk in September 2017 as a way to dig into how Floridians from kindergarten to graduate school are learning and being taught.
7. FIRST PODCAST HITS ONE MILLION DOWNLOADS
The weekly Are We There Yet? space exploration podcast has had more than one million downloads and has been featured on lists of top space podcasts, including by Salon.com.
8. CONTINUING PULSE COVERAGE
90.7 WMFE marked the passing of one year since the tragic shooting at Pulse nightclub with special coverage including an in-depth website, two podcasts — one in Spanish and one in English — and a one-hour special program.
9. SCHOOL SUPPLY DRIVE
Young Friends of 90.7 WMFE started a school supply drive to provide vital supplies to students in need throughout the school year. Visit wmfe.org/supplydrive to learn more.
10. MULTITUDE OF SUCCESSFUL EVENTS
• Speaker Series: Financial Planning In an Election, Growing Bolder, How To Survive On Mars, Orlando, One Year Later with The Three Wise Guys
• Ask Me Another
• Science Friday
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