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About WQLN PBS NPR

Mission

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

WQLN PBS NPR

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!

Leadership Team

Board of Directors

John BongiovanniBoard Chair
Mark AmendolaVice Chair
Glenn HollandSecretary/Treasurer
Jennifer BondDirector
Jerry B. CovertDirector
Sharon DaleDirector
Gary EibenDirector
Mario MazzaDirector
Howard NadwornyDirector
Gary SkibaDirector
Scott K. WrightDirector

Community Advisory Board

Jeanette Schnars,Board Chair
Erin SiegristSecretary
Tom NewStaff Liaison
Dave HillmanCommunity Representative
Matt LebowitzCommunity Representative
Dr. Rhonda MatthewsCommunity Representative
Victoria StilsonCommunity Representative
Brandon WileyCommunity Representative