Commonwealth Public Broadcasting Corporation
Community Idea Stations
23 Sesame Street
Richmond VA 23235
Mission Statement
Our mission is to use the power of media to educate, entertain and inspire.
 We’re a media company – not just radio, not just television, not just the internet – a media company whose platforms compliment one another
We educate –we embrace life-long learning with a particular focus on early childhood education.
We entertain – programs need to be interesting, fun.  No matter how educational the material may be, no purpose can be served if viewers and listeners aren't interested. 
We inspire– we inspire positive behavior that adds to quality of life in our community.
CEO/Executive Director A. Curtis Monk
Board Chair Mr. Todd Stansbury
Board Chair Company Affiliation Retired FCC Attorney
Contact Information
Address Community Idea Stations
23 Sesame Street
Richmond, VA 23235
Telephone 804 320-1301
Fax 804 560-8238
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1964
Former Names
Central Virginia Telecommunications Corporation1999
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expense Bar Graph - All Years
Expense Breakdown Bar Chart - All Years
Projected Revenue $9,170,779.00
Projected Expenses $9,096,301.00
Our mission is to use the power of media to educate, entertain and inspire.
 We’re a media company – not just radio, not just television, not just the internet – a media company whose platforms compliment one another
We educate –we embrace life-long learning with a particular focus on early childhood education.
We entertain – programs need to be interesting, fun.  No matter how educational the material may be, no purpose can be served if viewers and listeners aren't interested. 
We inspire– we inspire positive behavior that adds to quality of life in our community.
Every week, the Community Idea Stations reaches more than 300,000 people in Central Virginia of every age, demographic and economic circumstance.  By providing the best of PBS and NPR programming and coupling that with a strong set of local, community-based programs and services, we strive to be a valuable community partner that makes an important impact in the areas of Arts, News, History, Science and Education.

Community support ensures that we achieve our vision of being an invaluable media partner that fosters citizens who are informed, enriched and positively engaged in life. 


We were founded in 1961 – as a non-commercial, education television station by a group of visionary community leaders and educators who saw in television the power to educate.  We first signed on the air as WCVE Channel 23 in September, 1964  to provide programs and support for teachers in the classroom.  Fairly soon after that, a second channel – WCVW Channel 57 was added, and in 1968, WCVE Channel 23 became a charter member of the Public Broadcasting System (PBS). This expanded our mission beyond the walls of the classroom and in to our living rooms. Lifelong learning began. 

In the mid 1970s, we built a studio in the General Assembly Building for the purpose of providing support and service to the Governor and members of the Legislature. That studio remains in operation today.

In the late 1980’s, the television footprint of the company was extended to Charlottesville through WHTJ Channel 41. The call letters WHTJ stand for “Home of Thomas Jefferson.”

In 1988, we were afforded the opportunity to purchase a non-commercial radio station, WRFK, from Union Theological Seminary which is WCVE Public Radio today. We have recently expanded service into the Northern Neck and Chase City – two areas that were previously without service. 

Additionally, the Community Idea Stations now provides new and on-demand content through our web service at Through our community engagement program, we connect with viewers and listeners beyond the broadcast through events, volunteer opportunities, outreach like our Ready to Learn literacy program; and Science Matters, our STEM workforce development initiative.
CEO Statement

Today, we are a company whose mission is to Use the Power of Media to Educate, Entertain, and Inspire.


We are a media company – with radio, television, and internet capability.


We have a deep commitment to lifelong learning with a focus on early childhood education.


We provide a reliable source of news and information as we distribute PBS and NPR programs and provide significant local focus.


We strive to be an added-value partner for the Arts.   We’re particularly proud of our association with The Richmond Symphony and The Richmond Folk Festival.


We take pride in our commitment to tell the stories of history – we believe that the lessons of the past can pave the way for the future. We have a strong partnership with the Center for Politics at the University of Virginia and have collaborated on a number of historic documentaries.


We work to find ways to keep young people interested in science.  Our tag line is “Science Matters” – because it does. We’re pleased to have great PBS and NPR programs – we augment those with local features and are looking forward to doing new things with new partners.

Areas of Service
Areas Served
In a specific U.S. city, cities, state(s) and/or region.
Throughout the United States
Metro Richmond
Tri-cities Region
Richmond, City
Chesterfield County
Colonial Heights, City
Dinwiddie County
Goochland County
Hanover County
Henrico County
Hopewell, City
Petersburg, City
Powhatan County
Prince George County
King and Queen County
Lancaster County
Louisa County
New Kent County
Northumberland County
Northern Neck
Southside Virginia

The Community Idea Stations operates three television and three radio stations serving the people of Central Virginia. In addition, The Community Idea Stations has a growing internet component to deliver information, and engage our community. With two television stations in Richmond and one in Charlottesville, we reach over 180,000 people every week with our television services. The radio operation reaches over 120,000 people every week and is privileged to have three licenses – Richmond, Heathsville, and Chase City. The Heathsville and Chase City licenses were added during this decade to bring public radio service to people who had no previous access.

Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Todd Stansbury
Company Affiliation Retired FCC Attorney
Term July 2016 to June 2018
Board CoChair
Board CoChair Mr. Josh Dare
Company Affiliation Co-Founder
Term July 2016 to June 2018
Board of Directors
Board Members
Mr. Michael Bisgeglia Stauer Watch and Jewelry Company
Ms Elizabeth Appel Blue VCU Department of Health Administration
Mr. Richard D. Crawford The Crawford Group
Mr. Josh Dare Hodges Partnership
Dr. David Gould Tucker Psychiatric
Mr. Steve Humble SVP Managing Director, The Martin Agency
Ms. Marlene D. Jones Main Street Management Group, LLC
Mr. Stephen Loderick Arsenal 401K Advisors
Ms. Louise Martin Community Volunteer
Mr. A. Curtis Monk Commonwealth Public Broadcasting
Mr. Eric M. Rhoades Virginia Department of Education
Mr. Todd Stansbury Retired FCC Attorney
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 11
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 9
Female 3
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 90
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 92
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
Standing Committees
Board Governance
Other Boards
The tables below contain information about other groups that advise this nonprofit on operations and projects.
Advisory Board Members
Ms. Patricia B. Bernal VCU Health System Clinical Administrator
Ms. Carolyn Conlon Asst. Director, Reynolds Community College
Mr. David Fisk Executive Director, Richmond Symphony
Ms. Karen Inman Former Director of Quality Assurance, Markel Corp.
Ms. Patty Kruszewski The Henrico Citizens
Ms. Elizabeth S. Littlefield J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College
Mr. Raymond L. McNaughton Retired, AT&T
Ms. Deborah Orr Retired Speech Therapist
Ms. Elizabeth A. Palen Director, Virginia Housing Commission
Mr. Deane W. Parker Retired Army Officer
Mr. Robert Christian Rickers Community Volunteer
Mr. David Selig Selig and Associates
Mr. Paul Vecchione Former Asst. Supt. Hanover Public Schools
Mr. Gerald (Jay) Walker Community volunteer
Executive Director
Executive Director A. Curtis Monk
Experience Curtis Monk
President and CEO, Commonwealth Public Broadcasting

Curtis Monk is President and Chief Executive Officer of Commonwealth Public Broadcasting, a family of locally-owned public television and radio stations headquartered in Richmond, Virginia. Commonwealth Public Broadcasting is the parent company the Community Idea Stations (WCVE PBS, WCVE HD and WCVW PBS, Richmond; WHTJ PBS and WHTJ HD, Charlottesville; MHz Worldview, Richmond and Charlottesville) located in Richmond, Virginia, and MHz Networks.

Previously, Monk served as the Chief Financial Officer of the corporation and Vice President for Finance and Treasurer. Before his tenure at Commonwealth Public Broadcasting, he served Crestar Bank for nearly 20 years, most recently as Executive Vice President for Retail Banking-Headquarters Region. He received his MBA from the Colgate Darden School of Business Administration at the University of Virginia, and earned his BS from the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia.

Experience K
Senior Staff
John Felton TV General Manager, Community Idea Stations
Whitney Fogg Director, Human Resources
Ami Kim Vice President for Digital Media
Bill Miller Radio General Manager, Community Idea Stations
Katherine Mitchell VP for Community Engagement
Henry Smith Director, Buildings and Grounds
Lisa Tait Vice President for Development
Full Time Staff 60
Part Time Staff 30
Volunteers 130
Contractors 8
Retention Rate 98
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 3
Date Strategic Plan Adopted Dec 2015
Management Succession Plan? Yes
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes

Our PBS and NPR programming content include respected news programs that have strong viewers and listeners. In addition, we have worked hard to develop a local content component including local news, local features, local partnerships, coverage of the General Assembly, and local weather, traffic, and stock reports.

We also pleased to be able to use Virginia Currents as a vehicle to delve into  local issues.

We operate the only studio inside the General Assembly Building.
We are the “go-to” point for connecting local people with national news. When any major news entity – like Fox - wants to access Central Virginia expertise or perspective – they arrange a remote connection and we’re the first point of contact. We provide a variety of technical options – using both satellite and internet capabilities.

 We are the only distributors of a service called MHz Worldview to Central Virginia. This product affords access to English language newscasts from all over the globe.


Both PBS and NPR have great music and cultural programs like Masterpiece Theatre, Great Performances, British Comedies, Live at Lincoln Center on PBS. NPR offers programs like  Performance Today, Prairie Home Companion, This American Life, Thistle and Shamrock, and more .


WCVE Public Radio supports the Arts community in the following ways:

·We’re the go-to place for Classical Music on the radio

· We are the primary  provider of jazz music

·Additionally, we provide other eclectic and interesting music and programming  to the community like World Music with Ian Stewart, the Sound of Swing, The Electric Croude, The World of Blues, and Hour with the Guitar.

Our community benefits from 88.9 FM public radio  broadcasts of  the Richmond Symphony and The Richmond Folk Festival, expanding the audience for these amazing local performances  to thousands  in central Virginia.

 ArtsLine, a free service,  raises awareness among 85,000 Morning Edition listeners weekly on public radio about happenings in the arts community which helps these organizations greatly with their ticket sales.

 Media sponsorships also raise awareness about arts events in the community.


PBS has many historical programs that are distributed locally through the Community Idea Stations including Ken Burns' award-winning specials, American Experience, and Genealogy Roadshow. Viewers enjoy these on any of three public TV stations in central Virginia as well as on-demand through the PBS website.

This Fall we will premiere six documentaries.  Two national documentaries will air on PBS stations across the country: 9/11 Inside the Pentagon and Pearl Harbor: The Final Mystery 75th Anniversary.  Three local documentaries in partnership with local community partners tell the stories of current and historical importance in our community.  GerryRigged: Turning Democracy On Its Head in partnership with Virginians for Fair Redistricting; Feeling Good About America: The 1976 Election in partnership with UVa's Center for Politics; and The First Official Thanksgiving in partnership with the Berkeley Foundation. 

NPR and PBS devote a large amount of their programming to Science. Two programs in our core PBS schedule,  Nature and NOVA,  are available both on air and online. Curious George, Sesame Street, Sid the Science Kid and more teach children, ages 2-8 STEM skills that will help them in their early childhood education. Our role is to make all of these programs available to children and adults in central Virginia.


“Science Matters” is a local multi-media initiative designed to raise awareness about issues and innovations in science; get kids interested in Science and science careers and connect parents and children to hands-on science in our community.  Our STEM Leadership Team – consisting of representatives from a variety of companies and organizations--advise us on areas of concern in our community  so we can more wisely target our media capability.


 In November, our Science Matters efforts will bring all of our media and community outreach to bear on providing insight and tools for Living with Alzheimer's, particularly from the caregiver's perspective.  Alzheimer's: The Caregiver's Perspective a television documentary developed in partnership with a number of local organizations that deal with this issue will premiere on November 10.  WCVE 88.9 and will all provide content around the issues of Living with Alzheimer's, a day-long caregiver's workshop: Refresh, Refuel, Retool and our Science Pub RVA will provide insight and tools to deal with the issues of Living with Alzheimer's. 


Today, our resources are focused on an early childhood literacy component called Ready-To-Learn .

Ready-to-Learn focuses on literacy and targets low income children and families. We work with various partners like Smart Beginnings and other community partners whose work revolves around preparing children for success in school.
We train parents and early childhood educators to use PBS television and web tools combined with reading and hands-on activities to enhance emergent literacy skills in young children.




CEO/ED/Board Comments

We have many opportunities to make a difference and improve the quality of life in the communities we serve.  We are the only organization in our geography that has radio, television, and internet capability.  We are fortunate to be able to distribute both PBS and NPR programs – two of the most respected and trusted brands in the country and maybe the world.  


We have great local impact and, as we become more and more focused through an active, ongoing strategic planning effort, we are committed to listening to others to truly understand how we can use our resources to make the most favorable impact on the fabric of our communities.

Fiscal Year
Projected Revenue $9,170,779.00
Projected Expenses $9,096,301.00
Spending Policy N/A
Form 990s
IRS Letter of Exemption
Detailed Financials
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201620152014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$1,205,326$1,185,775$1,264,357
Individual Contributions$6,460,659$5,739,371$5,829,524
Investment Income, Net of Losses($207,277)$125,317$888,090
Membership Dues------
Special Events$69,247$78,736--
Revenue In-Kind$98,921$80,185$100,291
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$7,211,427$6,583,735$9,550,274
Administration Expense$1,133,698$1,425,451$909,163
Fundraising Expense$2,669,581$2,582,581$2,685,542
Payments to Affiliates----$9,337,561
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.940.971.03
Program Expense/Total Expenses65%62%42%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue33%34%38%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$14,209,544$14,841,572$14,954,065
Current Assets$1,912,246$1,533,866$1,698,016
Long-Term Liabilities$4,030,876$2,737,044$1,974,079
Current Liabilities$1,376,234$1,492,374$1,315,486
Total Net Assets$8,802,434$10,612,154$11,664,500
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities1.391.031.29
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets28%18%13%
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? Yes
Campaign Purpose $3 million to upgrade local television production equipment; Expand Radio Reach and Delivery, and reliability, Expand Delivery platforms to smart technologies and on demand platforms. Establish legacy society with $2 million in commitments.
Goal $5,000,000.00
Dates July 2013 to June 2018
Amount Raised To Date $4,888,700.00
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes
State Charitable Solicitaions Permit
Solicitations Permit
Solicitations Permit Application 5/2016View
Solicitations Permit Application 5/2017View
Foundation Comments
  • Form 990 and audit prepared by Keiter, Stephens, Hurst, Gary & Shreaves, PC.
  • Financial analysis performed with audit.
  • In FY2014, income for other includes gain on disposal of equipment int he amount of $8,986,133.