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Arts, Culture, Humanities : Public Broadcasting and Media

Nashville Public Radio

Connecting the community through information, music, and entertainment

89.13

630 Mainstream Drive Nashville, TN 37228
tel: (877) 760-2903   Web Site
EIN: 62-1631652

Board Leadership
Susan Lanigan
Board Chair

CEO
Steve Swenson
President, CEO

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 89.13
  Financial 85.17
  Accountability & Transparency 96.00
This rating was published 10/01/2021 and includes data from FY2020, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Nashville Public Radio, WPLN 90.3FM and 1430AM, began in 1962 with broadcasts from studios in the Richland Park branch of the Nashville Public Library. Nashville Public Radio's mission is to connect the community through trusted information, inspiring music, and unique entertainment. For over 40 years, listeners in middle Tennessee have turned to this community-supported service for programming that inspires conversation and curiosity, educates, and entertains.

Nashville Public Radio, WPLN 90.3FM and 1430AM, began in 1962 with broadcasts from studios in the Richland Park branch of the Nashville Public Library. Nashville Public Radio's mission is to connect the community through trusted information, inspiring music, and unique entertainment. For over 40 years, listeners in middle Tennessee have turned to this community-supported service for programming that inspires conversation and curiosity, educates, and entertains.

Financial

85.17

Accountability & Transparency

96.00

This rating was published 10/01/2021 and includes data from FY2020, the most recent 990 received at that time.
Overall Rating Chart
  Program Expenses
(Percent of the charity's total expenses spent on the programs
and services it delivers)
60.7%
  Administrative Expenses 11.6%
  Fundraising Expenses 27.6%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.24
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 3.73
  Program Expenses Growth 6.3%
  Liabilities to Assets 4.0%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Nashville Public Radio on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Nashville Public Radio on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Nashville Public Radio (TN) 89.13
Smoky Hills Public Television (KS) 87.40
Chicago Public Media (IL) 87.71
Vermont Public Radio (VT) 91.20
WWOZ (LA) 87.16

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $3,806,256
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $2,313,213
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $6,119,469
   Program Service Revenue $0
Total Primary Revenue $6,119,469
   Other Revenue $570,802
TOTAL REVENUE $6,690,271
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $3,613,044
   Administrative Expenses $693,625
   Fundraising Expenses $1,547,749
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $5,854,418
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $835,853
   
Net Assets $21,166,297

Program names and associated costs are listed for the top programs as reported on the charity's most recently filed Form 990. The top programs displayed will include the largest three programs, or those programs covering at least 60% of the charity's total expenses, whichever comes first.

Program Name Amount Spent % of Program Expenses
Radio Broadcasting $3,613,044 100.0%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2020-06 10/01/2021 89.13
2019-06 04/01/2020 88.64
2018-06 06/01/2019 86.10
2017-06 07/01/2018 87.05
2016-06 07/01/2017 86.46
2015-06 06/01/2016 84.71
 
CN 2.0
2014-06 09/01/2015 89.18
2013-06 06/01/2014 91.11
2012-06 05/01/2013 90.89
2011-06 06/01/2012 79.79
2010-06 09/20/2011 78.44
 
CN 1.0
2010-06 07/01/2011 69.38
2009-06 06/01/2010 74.81
2008-06 05/01/2009 67.04
2007-06 07/01/2008 75.38
2006-06 04/01/2007 79.47
2005-06 07/01/2006 71.43
2004-06 05/01/2005 78.71

The data displayed on this tab is provided by the IRS in the form of Publication 78 and the Business Master File (BMF).

EIN 62-1631652
Name in IRS Master File NASHVILLE PUBLIC RADIO
NTEE Code A34
NTEE Classification Radio
NTEE Type Arts, Culture and Humanities
Classification Educational Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (994) Described in section 170(b)1)(a)(vi) of the Code
(121) Radio or television broadcasting
Foundation Status Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public   170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
Deductibility Contributions are deductible
Affiliation Independent - the organization is an independent organization or an independent auxiliary (i.e., not affiliated with a National, Regional, or Geographic grouping of organizations).
Group Name [Not Applicable]
Ruling Date April, 1996
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End June
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • June, 2018
  • June, 2017
  • June, 2016
  • June, 2015
  • June, 2014
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$177,482 3.03% Steve Swenson President, CEO
Other Salaries of Note
$172,482 2.94% Robert Gordon Former President

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Nashville Public Radio (TN) 89.13
St. Louis Regional Public Media Inc. (d/b/a Nine PBS) (MO) 87.64
Friends of KSPS (WA) 90.88
Twin Cities Public Television (MN) 97.57
Pittsburgh Community Broadcasting Corporation (PA) 92.99

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Charity Contact Info

Nashville Public Radio
630 Mainstream Drive
Nashville, TN 37228
tel: (877) 760-2903
fax: (615) 760-2904
EIN: 62-1631652

Mail donations to:
Nashville Public Radio
#22 PO Box 440567
Nashville, TN 37244

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Board Leadership

Susan Lanigan
Board Chair

CEO

Steve Swenson
President, CEO

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