Tom Thomas and Terry Clifford have inspired advances across almost every aspect of public media and have shaped key policies at CPB, NPR, the FCC, and in Congress.|
They helped design and launch PRX: The Public Radio Exchange, public radio's largest program marketplace and a champion of new voices, formats, and business models. They played a similar role with Public Radio Capital (now Public Media Company), which has helped hundreds of public media organization secure capital financing, acquire new channels, and launch innovative projects. They are currently guiding Classical Music Rising, an initiative to shape the future of classical music radio.
Tom and Terry co-authored pioneering audience studies, The Public Media Code of Integrity, The Public Radio Legal Handbook, Individual Giving to Public Radio, and Public Radio in the New Network Age.
Prior to launching SRG, Tom and Terry were the founding executives of the National Federation of Community Broadcasters from 1975 to 1984, where they established community-based radio, remote rural services, and stations operated by people of color as integral contributors to public radio's service.
Their work has been recognized by CPB's Edward R. Murrow Award, America's highest public radio honor, CPB's first Distinguished Service Award, NPR's Elson Award for Distinguished Service, and Lifetime Achievement Awards from both Latinos in Public Radio and Native American Public Broadcasting.