Community Advisory Board (CAB) Overview:

The CAB functions as the eyes and ears of the public for The Maine Public Broadcasting Network (MPBN). We offer public input on possible programming changes, long term planning, and interest regarding certain programs under consideration. The CAB does not make programming, personnel, or financial decisions. MPBN looks to us to function primarily as a focus group and in that capacity we represent the listening/viewing audience’s opinions on various issues. CAB members are asked to reach out to their community to elicit opinions at least twice yearly on a variety of topics. The membership committee strives to find candidates to represent the geographic and demographic diversity of the MPBN audience and reviews the applications, makes recommendations to fill open positions and forwards these recommendations to the Board of MPBN for approval.

If you are interested in serving on the CAB, please complete this form electronically. Should you wish to fill it out manually, please complete and send to the Community Advisory Board, Attn: Kate Casparius, Maine Public Broadcasting Network, 1450 Lisbon Street, Lewiston, ME 04240

* 1. Application

* 2. Occupation

* 4. How did you hear about this application?


* 5. What would you like to accomplish as a member of the CAB?

* 6. What is the likely makeup of the community/constituency you represent?

* 7. The CAB meets on the 1st Saturday of April in Lewiston and the 3rd Saturday of September in Bangor. The meetings run from 10:00am to 3:00pm. We are also occasionally asked for the opinions of our constituency as well as our own ideas during the year; this is carried out though e-mails. Do you foresee any difficulties in fulfilling these responsibilities?

* 8. What do you see as the current challenges to public broadcasting?

* 9. If you could change one thing about public broadcasting what would that be?

* 10. MPBN is available on television, radio, the web, and new media. How is your time divided amongst these sources; please describe your likes, dislikes, and preferences

* 11. What programs do you watch on MPBN Television?

* 12. What programs do you listen to on MPBN Radio?

* 13. Do you access MPBN on the web? Do you have a Facebook or Twitter account? If so how do you use each account?

* 14. Please submit a short (no longer than one paragraph) pertinent autobiographical statement.