Nonprofit Communications and Media Network, formerly known as Print Interactive Radio and Television Educational Society or PIRATES, serves the Southern California community and EDUCATES nonprofit professionals, CONNECTS with media, and CREATES communications and cause awareness that make an impact.
Founded in 1955 as a nonprofit 501 (c)(3) organization (Tax ID #95-3886888), the organization became a tool for news media to meet their Federal Communications Commission (FCC) requirements to allocate free air time on public airways to nonprofit organizations during prime time. Through this partnership, many relationships developed between nonprofit organizations and news media for news interview sources, public affairs talk shows, and public service announcements. In the late 1980’s FCC deregulation no longer had such requirements. Fortunately, many media continue their commitment to nonprofit communications. Through public files, media document their accountability to the public good through related efforts.
NCM Network’s volunteer-run Board of Directors includes representatives from each of these areas. The organization embraces the broad spectrum of community needs and issues. NCM Network also embraces the rich diversity of our community, which is reflected in our membership and by our Board. Scroll through the list of our inspiring Board presidents below.
NCM Network offers monthly programs, popular media mixers, and joint events with other Southern California nonprofit and communications organizations to provide members access and the tools and contacts to succeed. The organization gives back to the community through an ongoing scholarship program for college students in the communications field.
In addition to monthly events or hands-on seminars on informative topics with industry experts, some of the MEMBERS ONLY benefits include:
• monthly email newsletter featuring PR and communications tips.
• access to a Members Only LinkedIn group.
• access to a Media Contact List.
Decades of Volunteer Leadership
Your volunteer Board of Directors, led by inspiring Board presidents, has a rich leadership history. Board presidents have a singular commonality: enthusiasm and commitment to connecting nonprofits with the media. We invite you to take a walk back through the decades to see our list of Board presidents and their professional affiliations since the organization’s inception.
1955: Sally Smalley Alexander
1956: Gayle Liedel, KTTV
1957: Adele Berns, KFI
1958: Majorie Luke, KTTV
1959: Lucy Blake, KFAC
1960: Gene Karaganies, KTLA
1961: Debby Edelsohn, KNX
1962: Pat Stimson, KTTV
1963: Luetta Mae Ball, KABC
1964: Dorothy Texter, KABC
1965: Niki Arlow, KGFJ
1966-1967: Peggy Sullivan, KTTV
1968: Kay Murray-Totten, KHJ
1969: Peggy Roush, Southern California Broadcasters Association
1970-1971: Vera Christopher-Nelson, KMPC
1972: Jane Warfield, KBIG
1973: Lyle W. Nash, KRLA
1974-1976: Johnny Grant, KTLA
1977-1978: Sam Benson, KLAC
1979-1980: Beatrice Lewis, KNBC
1981: Marion Creighton, KGIL
1982-1983: Linda Perry, KHJ
1984-1986: Michael Turner, KCSN
1987: Michael Hudson, KLCS
1988-1989: Nancy Rose Dufford, Big Brothers of Los Angeles
1990-1992: Deane Leavenworth, Leavenworth Associates
1992-1994: Peggy Cobb, St Anne’s
1994-1996: Yvonne Voisin, Voisin Communications
1996-1998: Robin Gee, CityTV of Santa Monica
1998-2000: Meg McDonald, McDonald Media Services
2000-2001: Susan Lozano, Southern California Broadcasters Association
2001-2004: Robin Gee, CityTV of Santa Monica
2004-2005: Victoire Vappie-Prothro, KTLA
2005-2008: Robert Berger, Healthier Solutions
2008-2012: Robin Gee, CityTV of Santa Monica
2012-2015: Ruth House, ABC7 and Robin Gee, CityTV of Santa Monica
2015-2017: Ruth House, ABC7 and Andy Weisser, Communications/PR Consultant
2018-present: Andy Weisser, Communications/PR Consultant