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Erie, PA 16509

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Our Mission

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

Our Vision

WQLN PBS NPR envisions a community engaged in meaningful dialogue that enriches our understanding of the world around us. This dialogue will find its inspiration in content gathered by WQLN and its community members and delivered through traditional and new media platforms. While focusing on our home community, WQLN seeks to include anyone in a respectful exchange of ideas.

WQLN will be recognized as a critical resource to our community, based on excellence in content aggregation, loyalty to the community, and commitment to providing programs and services that are educational, respectful, engaging, and inspiring.


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 PBS NPR often holds events as a way to make a connection between our programming and community. These events help us connect with amazing people and partners all throughout the region. WQLN also 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 media can thrive!

Leadership Team

Board of Directors

John BongiovanniBoard Chair
Glenn HollandVice Chair
Howard NadwornySecretary/Treasurer
Jennifer BondDirector
Sharon DaleDirector
Gary EibenDirector
Mario MazzaDirector
Michelle PatalonDirector
Gary SkibaDirector
Scott K. WrightDirector

Community Advisory Board

Jeanette SchnarsBoard Chair
Erin SiegristSecretary
Tenaé GageStaff Liaison
Dave HillmanCommunity Representative
Matt LebowitzCommunity Representative
Dr. Rhonda MatthewsCommunity Representative
Victoria StilsonCommunity Representative
Brandon WileyCommunity Representative