Community Advisory Board

New York Public Radio’s Community Advisory Board

We’re a diverse volunteer group of radio lovers with a shared goal: support the future of New York Public Radio (NYPR). 

Our mission:

To provide meaningful feedback about NYPR’s programming and policies directly to the stations.

As a group, we represent the diverse needs and interests of the communities NYPR serves. 

We call ourselves an Advisory board because we gather feedback—we advise the station of what listeners have to say. (The CAB does not exercise control over the daily management or operation of the station. CAB requirements are part of an overall set of the station’s statutory obligations.*)

Our members:

From different boroughs, backgrounds, and a wide range of professions, ages, and preferred ways of listening.  We promise a spirited and supported discussion each meeting.

Our structure:

The CAB can have up to 25 members at a time. Members are selected for one three-year term, and are encouraged to attend meetings afterward. 

Our meetings:

We gather monthly, with the exception of July, August, and January.

Meetings last two hours and are town-hall style. The first hour, we hear from a special guest from the station. The second hour is reserved for public feedback and conversation. 

Detailed minutes go directly to the station and are shared publicly on this page.

Our recruitment:

We accept applications online each Spring when membership opportunities become available. Members are chosen by a joint committee of CAB members, and accepted by the Board of Trustees and the CAB. Application for 2017 has closed.


*The CAB, as required by federal law, reviews the programming goals established by the station, the service provided by WNYC and WQXR, and the significant policy decisions rendered by the station, and assesses whether the programming and other policies of the station are meeting the specialized educational and cultural needs of the communities served by the station.  The CAB deliberates independently of station management and New York Public Radio's Board of Trustees, determining its own agenda and electing its own leadership. The CAB is an advisory body only, and is not authorized to exercise any control over WNYC and WQXR's daily management or operations. The CAB conveys its findings and recommendations based on public input to the Board of Trustees.

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Community Advisory Board 2016-2017 Calendar

Monday, September 11, 2017



Location: The Jerome L. Greene Space - 44 Charlton Street, New York, NY

Speaker: Laura Walker, President & CEO of New York Public Radio

Wednesday, October 18, 2017


Location: The Jerome L. Greene Space - 44 Charlton Street, New York, NY

Speaker: Brooke Gladstone, Host, On the Media

Tuesday, November 28, 2017 



Location: The Jerome L. Greene Space - 44 Charlton Street, New York, NY

Speaker: Hal Trencher, Senior Vice President of Sponsorships

Tuesday, January 9, 2018


Location: The Jerome L. Greene Space - 44 Charlton Street, New York, NY

Speakers: Matt Katz, Reporter, WNYC

February  2018 No Meeting Scheduled
Tuesday, March 6, 2018


Location: The Jerome L. Greene Space - 44 Charlton Street, New York, NY

Speaker:  Shannon Connolly, Senior Vice President & General Manager, Music

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

(CAB Application Deadline: TBD)              


Location: The Jerome L. Greene Space - 44 Charlton Street, New York, NY 

Speaker: TBD
Wednesday, May 9, 2018


Location: The Jerome L. Greene Space - 44 Charlton Street, New York, NY

Speaker: TBD

Tuesday, June 12, 2018


Location: The Jerome L. Greene Space - 44 Charlton Street, New York, NY

Speaker:  TBD


Community Advisory Board (CAB) as of June 2017:                      


  • Barbara Gerolimatos, elected as Chair June 2017, appointed to CAB June 2014

Vice Chairs:

  • Grace Clarke, elected as Vice Chair June 2016, appointed to the CAB June 2015
  • Jacob Wojnas, elected as Vice Chair, appointed to CAB June 2016
  • Nancy Walcott, elected as Vice Chair June 2015, appointed to the CAB June 2015


  • Anita Aboulafia, appointed August 2013 
  • John Bacon, appointed August 2013 
  • Michaela Balderston, appointed June 2017
  • Chad Bascombe, appointed June 2015
  • Marlene Birnbaum, appointed June 2017
  • Donna Blank, appointed June 2017
  • Michael Brown, appointed June 2017
  • Liz Buffa, appointed June 2016
  • Carole Chervin, appointed June 2015
  • Lue Ann Eldar, former Chair 2016, appointed August 2012
  • Andrew S. Greene, appointed August 2013 
  • Stan Ince, appointed June 2016
  • Erica Johnson, appointed June 2017
  • Peter Kentros, appointed June 2016
  • Merwin Kinkade, former Vice Chair 2016, appointed June 2014
  • Lisa Nearier, appointed June 2016
  • Samantha "Sam" Pedreiro, appointed June 2016
  • Theodore Schweitzer, appointed August 2013
  • David N. Sztyk, appointed August 2013
  • Kathryn Tornelli, appointed June 2016
  • Adam Wasserman, appointed June 2014

Board of Trustees’ CAB Liaison:

  • Mary White, MD


Recent CAB Minutes:

October 2017

September 2017

June 2017

May 2017

April 2017

March 2017

January 2017

November 2016

October 2016

September 2016

May 2016

April 2016

March 2016

January 2016

November 2015

October 2015

September 2015
June 2015
May 2015
April 2015
March 2015
February 2015
January 2015
November 2014
October 2014
September 2014
June 2014
May 2014
April 2014
March 2014
February 2014
January 2014
December 2013 - no CAB meeting
November 2013

October 2013
September 2013
June 2013
May 2013
April 2013
March 2013

February 2013
January 2013

December 2012 - no CAB meeting
November 2012

October 2012
September 2012
April 2012
March 2012
February 2012
January 2012

November 2011

September 2011

May 2011
April 2011
March 2011
December 2010
March 2010
February 2010
January 2010
November 2009
October 2009
September 2009
May 2009
April 2009
March 2009
February 2009
January 2009
November 2008
May 2008
February 2008
January 2008
November 2007
October 2007
May 2007
April 2007
February 2007
January 2007
November 2006
October 2006
September 2006
May 2006
April 2006
March 2006
January 2006
October 2005
September 2005
May 2005
April 2005
February 2005
January 2005