WHYY Community Report

Imagine This Day At WHYY

It’s 9:00 a.m. on a weekday morning at WHYY. Jennifer Lynn has already been on the air for several hours, weaving together national and local news reports. In the newsroom, reporters gather for the morning meeting to decide what stories to pursue. WHYY-TV and WHYY Kids programs are helping young viewers learn their ABCs and 1-2-3’s. The Connection with host, Marty Moss-Coane producers are making calls to find the best guests to help people in our community and around the world connect with each other on common issues and solutions. On Stage At Curtis, Movers & Makers and You Oughta Know producers and photographers gather the tools of their craft to shoot performances, b-roll and interviews for upcoming episodes. Behind the scenes, dozens of WHYY staffers are doing the important support work that makes possible all of our content production.

There is a common thread that runs through all this activity:

The news we cover, the arts programs we produce, the events we hold all exist to inform and engage an audience that stretches not only through a three-state region but, in fact, around the globe. It is also thanks to YOU that this service is possible. More than half of WHYY’s operating funds come from your generous donations.

Here Is A Brief Look At The Scope Of WHYY’s Services And How We Invest Your Support

WHYY-FM produces Fresh Air with Terry Gross, The Pulse, The Connection, Studio 2 while our Digital Studio produce a growing list of podcasts including Half Vaxxed, Schooled, The Statue, AI Nation, and more.

WHYY-FM produces an array of insightful and thought-provoking programs: Fresh Air with Terry Gross and Tonya Mosley, The Pulse, The Connection, and Studio 2.

  • Fresh Air with Terry Gross and, newly introduced host, Tonya Mosley continues to be a nationally acclaimed radio program and podcast featuring in-depth conversations that delve into a wide array of popular culture, news, and issues, offering listeners a rich tapestry of perspectives.
  • The Pulse takes you on an adventure into the unexpected realms of health and science, uncovering fascinating stories and groundbreaking discoveries.
  • The Connection with Marty Moss-Coane engages in wide-ranging conversations that explore the bonds that unite us, the forces that divide us, the conflicts that shape our lives, and the unique qualities that define our humanity.
  • Studio 2 keeps you informed about everything happening in the Delaware Valley, from news and politics to science and the arts.

WHYY TV12, operating three digital channels, produces a diverse lineup of acclaimed programs: Check, Please! Philly, Young Creator’s Studio, You Oughta Know, On Stage at Curtis, and Flicks. Additionally, WHYY TV12 is home to hit children’s shows The Infinite Art Hunt and Albie’s Elevator, fostering creativity and learning for young audiences.

WHYY.org is home to WHYY News and features participatory content and a network of content partners.

WHYY is home to Billy Penn, bringing readers the perfect balance of important and lighthearted news about Philadelphia. It has a strong news-based social media presence, a popular morning newsletter and is known for its local events.

WHYY is the home of PlanPhilly, Philadelphia’s planning, design and development news platform.

With WHYY’s podcasts, you can take your favorite programs with you — on the train, in the car, on the bus, while jogging, biking or anywhere your portable media device can go.

Hundreds of local and national programs are available to stream at WHYY.org/video and through WHYY’s Passport portal.

The percentage of WHYY’s budget invested in programming has grown from 69% to 74% did you get this from Ivor? in the last 12 years.

Additional suburban reporters expand news coverage in Montgomery, Bucks, Delaware and Chester counties.

WHYY’s New Jersey desk adds perspective from the Garden State.

WHYY engages citizens as full partners in the conception and execution of content and advances civic life through storytelling, arts, education and civic dialogue. We connect to thousands in the community through a variety of events centered around discussions on public policy, advancing communities and solving social problems.

WHYY has always had a strong connection to Delaware. As the only source of multi-media news and information coverage in the State of Delaware, WHYY continues to use television, digital, radio, and social media to educate, inspire and entertain audiences in this region. WHYY’s location in Wilmington is highly visible, integrating us even more into the surrounding community and allowing WHYY news coverage to be more flexible and take advantage of new technology to present information. With timely news coverage of topics such as the how to address higher rates of diabetes for Black residents; the increases of women in the Delaware General Assembly and Delaware’s new hotline to report abuse and neglect of seniors and vulnerable adults, WHYY is dedicated to providing multimedia, often solution-oriented news and specials for the state.

WHYY takes pride in its educational program offerings. These past few school years have been different. Caregivers, teachers, administrators and children faced new challenges, questions and opportunities. Our goal here at WHYY is to help navigate unprecedented times. WHYY helped increase student engagement this year by providing digital media production learning opportunities to thousands of students throughout the region. Additionally, thanks to grants from the Barnes Foundation and PNC, WHYY began installing Little Libraries at sites throughout the area stocked with PBS Kids books, activity sheets and resource materials families can keep. WHYY also conducts engagements with kids and families at various sites.

We offer PBS Kids programming on WHYY TV12 and 24-hours a day on YKids. PBS Kids programming is the safest on-air destination for children and the top provider of content that helps children learn reading, math, and essential skills, according to a national survey. Through additional partners and funder support, WHYY brings media arts and important STEM academic skills to students across the Delaware Valley. Enhancing WHYY’s educational contributions, we recently launched two new kids shows, Albie’s Elevator and The Infinite Art Hunt, airing now on WHYY-TV12.

Through WHYY production classes, after-school programs and summer camps, students learn how to tell stories, produce multimedia content, and become discerning viewers of media. Other programs, such as the High School Summer Filmmaking course, provide students with an engaging way to continue learning about storytelling, even once the school year has ended. WHYY has trained more than 20,000 students in video and audio production in the last 20 years, and with the addition of several new locations, WHYY now partners with over 50 Philadelphia schools through its Media Labs program.
WHYY’s education initiatives support children and the parents, teachers, and other adults who care for them. We offer free lesson plans, hands-on media arts training at WHYY’s Philadelphia studios, and more. Our signature program, WHYY Media Labs, now partners with more than 50 schools across Philadelphia, bringing equipment and instruction to thousands of students each year.

WHYY continues to help increase student engagement with the widely successful Media Labs program. WHYY has brought its renowned educational programming to the Camden City School District (CCSD) with the opening of New Jersey’s first fully equipped and staffed WHYY Media Lab at the Big Picture Learning Academy on the campus of Camden High School. Through WHYY’s Pathways to Media Careers program, WHYY is now connecting Media Labs students to jobs in the industry.

WHYY provided numerous opportunities to engage members of the communityin the Philadelphia region with two of WHYY’s most influential and popular radio hosts, Marty Moss-Coane and Terry Gross. Both took time to interact and explore the surrounding community through supplemental programs. Moss-Coane talked with Doug Tallamy about how incorporating native botanical habitats into your outdoor spaces promotes environmental sustainability, while Terry Gross led a live interview with legendary musician and Lifelong Learning Award winner Yo-Yo Ma about his contributions to culture and education.

All That We Offer Would Not Be Possible Without Support From Our Community. Thank You!

WHYY By The Numbers

448,000 television viewers per week

469,000 radio listeners per week

1.25M unique monthly users on WHYY.org

WHYY provided instruction in multimedia production to more than 4500 students, teachers and community members


WHYY Education: Pathway to Careers


Offered 50+ community events per year

WHYY has increased the percent of our budget invested in programming, from 69% to 74% over the last 14 years.

WHYY has grown assets each year from the low point of the recession while contributed revenue has steadily increased.

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