WHRO Public Media

Long known for its public service mission, WHRO is the only public broadcasting station in the United States that is owned by a collaboration of 19 local public school districts. Through WHRO TV, WHRO FM, WHRV FM, its digital platforms and educational content delivered online to more than 286,000 students and 25,000 teachers, WHRO enriches the lives of the people of Eastern Virginia and Northeastern North Carolina every day.  WHRO has been committed to excellence in public media. Today, WHRO's consumer base resides throughout Eastern Virginia and Northeastern North Carolina.

WHRO believes that art connects us to each other and to the places where we live, work and play. WHRO strives to enrich our community through the arts, so that quality cultural experiences are a part of our lives.

WHRO is thrilled to issue our next Community Arts Partnership RFP to begin the process of sharing a new dynamic arts project that adds to the vibrancy of Hampton Roads. The RFP welcomes ideas from across diverse communities and in every genre. 

Through this RFP, WHRO is looking for proposals to partner on a distinctive arts production to be recorded and broadcast to the Hampton Roads community. 

Anyone can enter the WHRO Community Arts Partnership, whether you’re an individual artist, artist collective, nonprofit organization or for-profit business.  All it takes is a 300 word description of your arts project to apply. We welcome one idea per applicant. 

Project timeline

  • Projects should be planned for implementation between September 1, 2019 and May 30, 2020, 
  • Filming to occur between fall 2019 and spring 2020. 
  • Proposals will be accepted between March 22, 2019 and June 1, 2019.
  • Awarded project will be announced by end of June.

 Submissions received by WHRO will be reviewed by a panel of community members and WHRO staff. The panel and staff will evaluate the proposals for:

  1. Community Relevance and Audience Appeal: Is the project current and relevant to the Hampton Roads and have wide appeal to the community
  2. Innovation: Is the project original and creative and showing new ideas?
  3.  Broadcast Interest: Would the project be visually exciting as a broadcast program? 

Thank you for your interest in collaborating with WHRO. 

 WHRO is proud to showcase many hours of independently produced content across our multiple platforms, including WHRO TV, WHRO World, WHRO Create, WHRV 89.5 FM and WHRO 90.3 FM, AltRadio, The 1920s Network and WHRO.org. We are excited to work with innovative independent producers and filmmakers from our region and across Virginia.

Below you will find our online application, including a place to post your work sample and our submission release form. The information you provide will help us review your program or proposal. 

WHRO receives many more submissions and proposals than we could possibly use across our platforms. However best efforts will be made to respond to all inquiries within six weeks of the submission date.

Please note that WHRO does not currently have dedicated funding for the production of independent projects, or the staff capacity to help you raise funds. Resources WHRO can offer include:

·         in-kind production and post-production services

·         distribution

·         consulting

·         letters of support

·         broadcast or streaming on our platforms

We are most interested in content that is directly related to our mission of educating, enlightening, and inspiring our members, listeners and viewers across the state. Topics and areas of interest include:

·         arts/culture

·         documentary

·         local and state history

·         public affairs

·         sea level rise

·         diversity and race


Topics or types of programming we are not interested in include:

·         advocacy programs

·         commercial or promotional programs

·         religious programs


Independent productions may be presented as series, stand- alone programs, or folded into some of our current productions, like Curate, Another View, or HearSay with Cathy Lewis. WHRO is also seeking digital content for whro.org and our other digital platforms.

We look forward to reviewing your materials.

Writer’s Block is a WHRV initiative that showcases local authors, story tellers, poets, musicians and spoken word artists presenting live for future broadcast and podcast. Artists are invited to submit their work for consideration.  All work must include performer name, performance time, be free of profanity, and limited to 9 minutes in presentation.  Hyperlinks to other works and blogs will not be accepted.

Help explore and expose the literary talent that thrives in Hampton Roads.  Present at Writer’s Block. 

Please note that the April 21st event is on the Eastern Shore at the Barrier Islands Center, 7295 Young St, Machipongo, VA 23405


WHRO is looking for videos featuring art and artists in southeastern Virginia! Please submit your video with a description including artist name and medium. We will select a video to feature each month. Good luck and thank you! 
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