WHYY Community Report

Imagine This Day At WHYY

It’s 9 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’s kids programs are helping young viewers learn their ABCs and 1-2-3’s. Radio Times producers are making calls to find the best guest to talk about issues affecting our region and nation. On Stage At Curtis producer Lillian Paulmier and her photographer gather the tools of their craft to shoot performances and interviews with the region’s promising young classical musicians for an upcoming episode. 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, engage and educate 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 is the region’s leading public media provider and NPR/PBS member station serving the nation’s fourth largest media market. We broadcast national favorites in addition to presenting locally produced radio and television programs. WHYY.org is the home for news and civic dialogue.

  • WHYY-FM produces Fresh Air with Terry Gross, The Pulse, Radio Times, Voices in the Family and Skytalk and a growing list of podcasts including The Why, Eleanor Amplified and Schooled.
  • WHYY-TV, which operates three digital channels, produces Check, Please! Philly, Movers & Makers, You Oughta Know, On Stage at Curtis, Articulate and Flicks.
  • WHYY News is home to WHYY’s news and information, featuring participatory content and a network of content partners.
  • WHYY is home to newly-acquired Billy Penn, bringing readers the perfect balance of important and lighthearted news about Philadelphia. It has a strong news-based social media presence and popular morning newsletter and is known for its local events.
  • WHYY’s news staff has nearly tripled since 2009.
  • WHYY is the new 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.
  • State Impact reports on fiscal and environmental outcomes of Pennsylvania’s booming energy economy.
  • The percentage of WHYY’s budget invested in programming has grown from 69% to 72% in the last 10 years.
  • Keystone Crossroads covers urgent challenges pressing Pennsylvania’s cities, such as state funding of school districts.
  • Additional suburban reporters are expanding 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, the Web, radio and social media to educate, inspire and entertain audiences in this region. Recently our Delaware news team kicked off this latest era of multimedia news and information coverage in Delaware with the opening of a new office in downtown Wilmington. WHYY-TV also released a new half-hour TV special about Wilmington called “Rebound from Murder Town” which explored the rampant violence the city had become known for and what the city has been doing to reduce that violence and improve its image. WHYY is dedicated to providing leading multimedia news and specials for the state.

WHYY takes pride in its educational program offerings. In 2019, educational events for children were held at partner organizations throughout the region and provided family friendly activities, such as meet-and-greet opportunities with costumed characters. WHYY offered students of the Philadelphia region homework help through a partnership with PBSLearningMedia, a vital resource for parents and caregivers that provide thousands of free, digital resources outside of the classroom.

We offer PBS Kids programming on WHYY-TV Monday through Friday 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 underserved students across the Delaware Valley.

Through WHYY production classes, after-school programs and summer camps, students learn how to tell stories, produce multimedia content and be aware of the world around them. Other programs, such as the Journalists Summer Camp, provide students with an engaging way to continue to learn about storytelling, even once the school year has ended. WHYY has trained more than 14,000 students in video and audio production in the last 12 years.

WHYY continues to help increase student engagement with the widely successful Media Labs program. For the past decade, WHYY programming has taught young people to explore their environment, problem solve, tell stories and succeed in creative professions. WHYY recently expanded its Media Labs program by providing a “pathways to careers” component for student graduates of WHYY’s Youth Media programs to help students transition from the classroom to a career path through paid work experiences at partner organizations around Philadelphia.

WHYY provided numerous opportunities to engage members of the community in the Philadelphia region with two of WHYY’s most influential and popular radio hosts. Many events featured Marty Moss-Coane, host and executive producer of Radio Times and Terry Gross, host of the Peabody Award-winning national radio program Fresh Air.
Both hosts took time to interact and explore the surrounding community through supplemental programs. Moss-Coane ignited community discussion at events covering pressing matters and even interviewed former gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams about her personal story, politics and her latest book, Lead from the Outside: How to Build Your Future and Make Real Change. Similarly, Gross offered exclusive behind-the-scenes insight with popular question and answer events.
All That We Offer Would Not Be Possible Without Support From Our Community. Thank You!

WHYY By The Numbers

638,000 television viewers per week

451,700 radio listeners per week

716,000 unique monthly users on WHYY.org

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


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WHYY has increased the percent of our budget invested in programming, from 69% to 72% over the last 10 years.

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

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Together we can reach 100% of WHYY’s fiscal year goal