Area of Expertise: Public radio, HD radio, media issues
Additional Information: Caryn G. Mathes leads the NPR member station in the nation's capital, WAMU 88.5, serving more than 735,000 listeners weekly. Since she arrived at WAMU, the station has seen tremendous development as a model for the public radio industry's future. Under her leadership, private-sector revenue from individual and corporate sponsorship supporting the general operating budget increased by more than $9.2 million, or 121 percent, between FY05 and FY11. She oversaw the launch of two additional services utilizing HD radio technology, including the expansion of Bluegrass Country, the station's online bluegrass service, and the creation of Intersection at HD-3, which features a mix of eclectic music, sound-rich storytelling, and issue-driven programs. In June 2010, Bluegrass Country became the first digital multicast station in the Washington market to place in an Arbitron© monthly report. Also in June 2010, the station launched 88.3 Ocean City on the Delmarva peninsula, expanding the station's signature brand of civil discussion and public affairs to a new audience. The Diane Rehm Show, produced at WAMU 88.5, reaches a national audience of 2.2 million on more than 150 public radio stations, plus Sirius Satellite Radio, NPR Worldwide, and Armed Forces Radio. The station has embraced social media, with active Facebook and Twitter communities for The Diane Rehm Show, The Kojo Nnamdi Show, Bluegrass Country, and WAMU 88.5 News. In 2007, Mathes received a Women of Distinction Award from the National Conference for College Women Student Leaders, presented annually to women leaders who have made extraordinary accomplishments in their professions or their communities. In 2010, she was named "One to Watch" in Radio Ink's annual list of Most Influential African Americans in Radio.