Who We Are


WQLN Public Media - Who We Are


To stimulate, enrich, educate, and entertain the public.


For more than 50 years, WQLN PBS NPR has been the Lake Erie region’s passport to a wider world—a world of discovery, exploration, lifelong learning, and an ongoing respectful exchange of ideas.

WQLN PBS features safe, educational children's programming every day, alongside top-quality history, arts, and documentary programming, with objective, balanced news from PBS every evening. Our second and third TV channels—Create and World—showcase the best DIY and public affairs programs anywhere on public television.

WQLN NPR on 91.3FM is the region's source for daily unbiased news, classics, jazz, and a multitude of other musical styles; plus interview and pop-culture showcases only available on public radio. WQLN NPR also airs more original, locally-produced hours of programming than any other local station. Rigorous reporting and passionate storytelling promote awareness of the events and people that shape our community and beyond, while dedicated volunteers share their favorite musical artists with our listeners.

But we’re not just TV and radio. WQLN reaches out to those vested in children’s education—parents, teachers, and the community at large—by providing family literacy workshops and community events that bridge the gap between the classroom and the home.

We hope you feel the same pride we do every day when we switch on WQLN. The Erie media market is one of the smallest TV and radio markets in the country. Yet your public television & radio station has achieved what communities twice our size only dream about. Each year we produce over 3,000 hours of original content, we are continually adding new national programs to our schedules, and we offer a wealth of community outreach programs that are both fun and educational.

All of us who call WQLN PBS NPR our passport to the world were proud to help celebrate WQLN’s 50th anniversary in 2017—and to reaffirm the importance of WQLN to the Lake Erie region, making all of our hometowns better places to live. When thinking about the next 50 years, the first thing that comes to mind is YOU! We depend on you to be the financial support that drives our efforts and as the key influencers of our programming. Not beholden to corporate interests, we are beholden to your tastes, preferences, curiosity, and quest for knowledge. So thank YOU for making Erie a place where public radio and TV can thrive!

Management Team

Tom New

President & CEO
(814) 217-6027
[email protected]

Cindy Spizarny

Vice President & General Manager
(814) 217-6004
[email protected]

Lisa Counasse, CFRE

Director of Development
& Major Gifts
(814) 217-6058
[email protected]

Aaron Coseo

Director of Engineering
& Media Operations
(814) 217-6038
[email protected]

Sue Allen

Radio Manager
(814) 217-6017
[email protected]

Kathy Woodard

Educational Outreach
Services Manager
(814) 217-6001
[email protected]

Patrick Miller

Corporate Support Manager
(814) 217-6035
[email protected]

Traci Teudhope

Marketing Manager
(814) 217-6036
[email protected]

Shannon Ferrare

Membership Manager
(814) 217-6040
[email protected]

Halle Sullivan

Grant Writer/
Grants & Project Manager
(814) 217-6020
[email protected]

Closed Captioning Assistance

For closed captioning concerns please contact our captioning hotline:
Phone: 814-450-8630
Fax: 814-864-4077

We will make every effort to respond or otherwise resolve your inquiry within 1 business day.

Written closed captioning comments or concerns should be directed to the following:
Mr. Aaron Coseo, Director of Engineering and Media Operations
WQLN Public Media
8425 Peach St.
Erie, PA 16509

Before sending a formal written comment, we recommend you first contact our captioning hotline. We may be able to resolve your problem immediately without the need for a formal comment. In any event, we will respond to your comment or concern within 30 days.

Click here for more information about closed captioning on WQLN TV.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Policy

At WQLN PBS/NPR, we believe in a diverse, inclusive, and equitable workplace. A workplace where all employees, board members, volunteers, and visitors feel valued and respected.

WQLN PBS/NPR DEI Policy     Download

Public Files

Audited Financial Report     Download
Television's Annual Financial Report     Download
Radio's Annual Financial Report     Download
Annual EEO Public File Report 3-31-21   Download
3-31-20   Download
3-31-19   Download
Form 990     Download
2021 Local Content and Service Report to the Community     Download
WQLN Editorial Guidelines and Code of Ethics     Download
Code of Editorial Integrity     Download
Diversity Statement     Download
FCC Public File - WQLN Television     Link
FCC Public File - WQLN Radio     Link

WQLN Public Media Board of Directors

Scott Wright - Board Chair
John Bongiovanni - Vice Chair
Mark Amendola - Secretary/Treasurer
Jennifer Bond - Director
Sharon Dale - Director
Glenn Holland - Director
Rochelle Krowinski - Director
Mario Mazza - Director
Howard Nadworny - Director
Gary Skiba - Director

WQLN Public Media Community Advisory Board

Victoria Stilson - Board Chair
Jeanette Schnars - Secretary
Tom New - Staff Liaison
Alyson Amendola - Community Representative
Jerry Covert - Community Representative
Matt Lebowitz - Community Representative
June Smith - Community Representative (emeritus)

Let’s work together

WQLN is your public media station.