Corporation for Public Broadcasting – Fiscal Year 2017
WBLU-WBLV Local Services & Content Report
The station provided fine arts programming to listeners throughout the region who would otherwise be underserved (one example being WBLU-WBLV is the only Classical station in the region). Blue Lake Public Radio's divisional role with Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp (Michigan's largest provider of arts education to children and youth from around the world) also provides the opportunity for 100+ young people to learn about Radio broadcasting through daily classes at the station each summer.
Every week Blue Lake provides no-charge "Arts Calendar" announcements promoting non-profit fine arts organization events - such as music concerts; dance, and theatrical, performances; museum showings; speaking events, etc.
During the 2016 fiscal year, the station also conducted live, and pre-recorded, interviews with the West Michigan Symphony, Grand Rapids Symphony, Opera Grand Rapids, Muskegon Museum of Art, Grand Rapids Ballet, Grand Rapids Art Museum, Dogwood Center for Performing Arts, Calvin College, GRandJazzFest, Grand Valley State University, Cornerstone University, and St. Cecilia Music Center, professional musicians / vocalists, and others.
Blue Lake Public Radio furnishes its WBLU sub-carrier at no cost to Sight Seer, a reading service for listeners who are blind or reading-disabled, serving the Grand Rapids community.
Virtually daily, we receive thank you's, acknowledgements, etc. from the non-profit fine arts organizations we serve (who would otherwise be underserved) for helping them boost their name awareness in the region, and ticket sales for their public events (when applicable). WBLU-WBLV serves as the region's only station exclusively dedicated to providing fine arts programming to listeners who would be otherwise underserved.
Without Corporation for Public Broadcasting grant funding (15% of the station's revenue), maintaining the quality of our fine arts programming would not be possible. Unlike university-owned stations, WBLU-WBLV does not have major funding resources available. In particular, Blue Lake Public Radio could not afford to maintain a staff of locally-based on-air hosts with deep backgrounds in the Classical, Jazz, and Folk/Bluegrass genres. Blue Lake's localism is a key element behind our listener support.