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Firehouse News Spec. Ed. 1: WFHB’s 7th Annual Acoustic Roots Festival

by Maryll Jones

It’s finally April and festival season is quickly approaching. One of the first festivals of the season is WFHB’s own Acoustic Roots Festival (ARF).

The ARF first began with the idea of having a signature music event that would also serve as a fundraiser for the station. Originally held on the property of the Story Inn in Story, Indiana, as a 4th of July festival, it was later moved to the Upland Brewing Company in Bloomington to allow for an earlier start in the season as a pre-cursor to the later, well-established bluegrass festivals in the area.

While speaking with WFHB music director Jim Manion, he explains that there is a “…spectacular acoustic music scene in Bloomington and you can’t pin it down to any one genre.” He continues, “Part of our mission is to celebrate an increase in local cultural diversity.” The ARF provides a public face for the station to the community and serves as a way for musicians to connect with each other. As a result, several of the artists have collaborated on other projects.

The last two years, two stages were utilized but this year, WFHB will exclusively use the new big new permanent stage that Upland built with limestone from the construction site next door. The decision to make this change was easy; one stage, one sound system and only one seat needed per person.

This year’s festival emcee, Hondo Thompson suggested that you “Come early and stay late.” The Friday afternoon mix DJ and co-producer of Market LIVE continued, “The adventure begins with the first note from the first band and doesn’t end ‘til the lights go out.”

As the festival grows each year, so does the need for volunteer participants. Without the 20-25 volunteers that pitch in every year, the festival would not exist and a huge fundraising opportunity would be lost. It takes a group effort doing anything from physically helping with the set-up the day before to taking tickets, selling merchandise, providing security, being stagehands, and finally the cleanup and tear down at the end of the day. The service the volunteers provide is invaluable. Look for the call-out for volunteer sign-up in the coming weeks.

In the future, WFHB hopes to increase sponsorship and apply for grants for the festival. The idea is to pay the performing musicians as they presently volunteer their talent for the benefit of the station but at the cost of losing a potential paying gig. Organizers would also like to have the budget for a national or international act such as Eileen Jewell and Jason Wilber, both of whom have close ties to Bloomington and donated their time and talent to past Acoustic Roots festivals.

On Wednesday, May 7, at 9pm, WFHB’s Local Live, a weekly WFHB program that features eclectic music broadcast live from various recording studios in Bloomington, will be doing a sneak preview show with upcoming festival artists Lexi Len & the Strangers and TV Mike & the Scarecrows. This broadcast will be live from Primary Sound Studio (formerly known as Farm Fresh Studios). Stay tuned to WFHB radio.

Who: The Underhills, Jacob Latham, Lexi Len & the Strangers, Ottomobile, White Lightning Boys, Tim Grimm and Jan Lucas, the Indiana Boys, and featuring TV Mike & the Scarecrows What: WFHB’s 7th Annual Acoustic Roots Festival When: Saturday, May 17, 2014 from 3-11pm. Gates open at 2:30.

Where: Upland Brewing Company, 350 W. 11th Street, Bloomington, IN.

Why: A great way to hear a full day of great music, hang with friends and support WFHB Community Radio.

Cost: Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the gate. Upland Brewery food and beverages will be available on site but food and drinks, coolers, etc., are not allowed to be carried in.

Firehouse News Spec. Ed. 1: Board of Directors Candidates Needed!

by Helen Harrell

A couple of months ago lots of voices were heard from in reaction to the hiring process for a new WFHB General Station Manager.  This demonstration of concern seemed like a positive sign that many folks love the station and care very much about its continuation as a democratically run media force in the Bloomington community and surrounding area.  Many of those heard from had great suggestions as well as pragmatic and philosophical goals for station expansion and now is the perfect time for those positive thinkers and supporters to transfer their ideas and thoughts into action by serving on the WFHB Board of Directors.

There are 3 board positions expiring in June and new board members will be elected at the upcoming annual meeting to be held 7 June at 12:15 pm location TBAThe nominating committee is submitting 4 nominations but anyone who has put in 30 hours of volunteer time during this past year (at least 4 hours in 3 different months) can petition to be a board member.  Simply collect 10 signatures of support for yourself or for someone you wish to nominate and submit them to manager@wfhb.org by 6 May 2014.  Board candidate bios will be posted on the WFHB website.

This is a great opportunity to be a part of WFHB not only as a volunteer but as someone who can contribute to the future planning and growth of a station that is just simply getting better every day. Hope to see YOU among the list of potential candidates!

Firehouse News Spec. Ed. 1: Ahhhhhhh… Spring… Fund Drive at WFHB That Is!

by Helen Harrell

If you haven’t been involved with a WFHB fund drive you just don’t know what you are missing!  Not good at asking folks for money?  You aren’t alone in that area but once you become involved in the activities at the station during a fund drive your enthusiasm will pique and it will become easier to ask listeners and supporters for financial contributions to keep the greatest community station ever…certainly in Southern Indiana and beyond (because don’t forget we live stream on line and podcast too) on air…….up and running. 

Many regular listeners and probably those infrequent listeners as well simply don’t understand how community radio works and that the democratic principle of a strictly volunteer run organization means that everyone must contribute to keep the lights on, the music flowing, the news reporting and the equipment from self-destructing!  Those of us who have been involved for many years actually look forward to fund drive time when energy is high, excitement is in the air and so many volunteers gather in the studio to pass their enthusiasm on to the broader listener community.  What could be better than gathering around the microphone with others who share your passion about WFHB and talking with folks about how great it is to have non commercialized news and public affairs reporting and music shows not bought and paid for by the mega-music industry?

In place of corporate control and/or sponsorship programming is determined by the very listeners who are asked to donate a few bucks each year to help keep it all going. The very fact that WFHB is volunteer driven is significant in that the station offers low barrier journalism.  What does that mean you ask?  It refers to the fact that WFHB offers a voice for any and all who want to participate and welcomes all opinions, attitudes and beliefs (we do anticipate that folks will be polite regardless of views).  And unlike corporate media your $$$ contributions go directly to station expenses and not into financing some CEO’s 3rd vacation home.  The dollars from fund drives make up over a third of WFHB’s annual budget and are imperative for daily operation of the station.  Paid staff is small and consists of dedicated  individuals who work very hard for their rather small wages, and the station is essentially run by its more than 200 volunteers who receive no financial recompense but receive great satisfaction in knowing they are contributing to the greater good – an amazing community station that focuses on public interest, issues, entertainment and events – all at the community level but relevant to the world.

WFHB holds the distinction of being the first (since 1993) volunteer-powered and listener supported community radio station and its focus is on providing an open community forum for the discussion and exchange of issues and ideas to celebrate local cultural diversity.    It has been my pleasure to volunteer on air, serve on the Board of Directors as well as on several committees and financially contribute to WFHB for well over a decade.  I also find it to be great fun to share my enthusiasm for the station during fund drive and tell others what a special opportunity it is to have a station like WFHB in the local community and surrounding areas.  Bloomington IN is better for having an independent, democratically run station and we ask for your financial help in ensuring that we can continue to bringing you the best from Btown!!

Firehouse News Spec. Ed. 1: It Takes a Community

by Michael Glab

WFHB’s semi-annual fund drives require more than just a pitcher and a catcher. Sure, they’re fitting terms as our spring call-out for donations begins the same week that baseball opens its 2014 season. In the community radio game, the pitcher is the on-air voice who issues the call for financial gifts from our listeners; the catcher is the volunteer who answers the phone when folks phone in to give.

The Spring Fund Drive this year runs from Friday, April 4 through Sunday, April 13. Throughout that busy, exciting ten days, nearly all of our more than 200 volunteers will pitch in to make the drive a success.

This will be Cleveland Dietz’ second fund drive as General Manager of WFHB. He also was involved in two others as an intern serving as assistant to the GM. Each of his four drives brought in a significant percentage of the station’s yearly operating budget.

We’ve had the same goal for four drives now, $46,000,” Dietz says. “Each year, between both fund drives, we’ve made roughly $92,000. Annually, we make another $68-70,000 from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. That’s $160,000 of our $250,000 annual budget. The rest comes from corporate underwriting, random contributions throughout the year, two web drives, some grant money, some event money, and our CATS Week partnership with the Monroe County Public Library.”

The year’s two fund drives, in other words, will pay some 37 percent of the station’s bills.

WFHB follows many of the industry guidelines in raising money from its listeners. Station management also has come up with a few innovations of its own in an effort to get listener support.

Every on-air personality receives a pitch packet containing tips, prompts, and even a regulation or two. They also are encouraged to attend “pitcher training” sessions.

We talk about good practices,” Dietz explains. “For example, it is not good practice to say things like WFHB can’t operate without this money. You don’t want to present the picture that WFHB is flailing about and will sink if this doesn’t work out. People don’t want to support a sinking ship.

You want to stay positive. One way is to talk about what WFHB means to you personally. I feel it’s very, very powerful to talk about what brought you to the station, what keeps you here, why do you feel like it’s an important part of your life. It’s one of the very few times of the year when listeners can get a sense of the person behind the microphone. We also talk about not trashing other radio stations. Really, we’re all serving different niches.

We go over ‘Tell-Ten.’ That’s when we ask our volunteers to ask ten of their friends or family members to support them during their show. We find that people don’t typically donate to organizations so much as they donate to their friends or family. So folks who do employ the Tell-Ten are consistently among the most successful fund-raisers in terms of dollars brought in during their shows.

We go over using social media, but not to the degree that it becomes repelling. Then our pitch packets offer a wide variety of prompts that people can use to talk about some aspect of the station that they’re not exactly familiar with but are good selling points generally.”

WFHB DJs and program hosts don’t read off a script when making pitches. Dietz explains: “We’re against the idea of scripting pitches. It can be very easy to sound like you’re reciting something. It comes off as inauthentic and not genuine and frankly, you sound bored. That’s not the way to inspire people to open up their wallets for WFHB.

Of course, on-air volunteers aren’t alone during fund drives. Veterans of the fund drive game like Music Director Jim Manion and News Director Alycin Bektesh are always around to help. Manion has been involved with WFHB’s fund drives since the station went on the air 21 years ago.

And, as always, members of the Bloomington Independent Restaurant Association will provide food all day for volunteers throughout the fund drive.

Listener-supported radio experts have determined that the typical donor has heard seven pitches before picking up the phone and making a pledge.

Every one of our shows has a dollar goal,” Dietz says. “But even if you’re on the air and you’re pitching like crazy and you’re just speaking beautifully about community radio and what WFHB means to South Central Indiana but no one’s picking up the phone, you’re still putting in good work toward that seventh pitch.”

Let’s hope that seventh pitch is a strike.

2014 Fund Drive Special Events

Friday, April 4, 8pm: Busman’s Holiday CD release party/fundraiser for WFHB, at the Waldron Arts Center auditorium, tickets: $8

Tuesday, April 8, all day: Brown County local acts & entertainment, at Muddy Boots Cafe and the Pine Room Tavern, tickets: free (donations will be solicited)

Thursday, April 10, 7pm, Alternative Radio founder David Barsamian, at the Bloomington-Monroe County Convention Center, tickets: for the talk only, $5; for the talk plus meet-and-greet, $35

Friday, April 11, Firehouse Lounge, WFHB DJs at the Back Door, tickets: free

Firehouse Follies – “Fowl Experiences!”

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Firehouse Follies’ “Fowl Experiences”  with special musical guests: Small Potatoes. They are joined by storyteller Arbutus Cunningham, Art Heckman, the WFHB Gospel Gurlz, the Firehouse Rounders, and the Unusual Suspects Radio Acting Troupe for a live performance at the Ivy Tech Waldron Whikehart Auditorium.

Recorded live on March 23 at 4 p.m. and broadcasted on WFHB 91.3 FM, 98.1 FM in downtown Bloomington, 100.7 in Nashville, or 106.3 FM in Ellettsville.

Norm Crampton of Bloom Magazine wrote a great piece about Firehouse Follies. Read it here.

“Fowl Experiences” was made possible through the support of:

Ivy Tech Community College – Bloomington
Jalynn Designs

 

News and Public Affairs Committee: March 20, 2014

Call to Order
Present: Alycin Bektesh, Sarah Ryterband, Kelly Miller, Maria McKinley, Helen Harrell
Absent: Carolyn VandeWiele, Alex Lichtenstein, Cynthia Roberts-Hall

News Director’s Report

Democracy Now!
Democracy Now! now comes in through an audio port. While broadcasting Democracy Now! is improved by this, it potentially creates an issue in transitioning from in-house segments to the program as both are played off the computer and the audio port plays a high-pitched tone until the show goes live. Offered the idea of moving them to 9 a.m. to take the place of the second-run Hightower. Ultimately decided that its best not to rearrange program schedule but to, instead, switch medium that segments are played out of. Teach traffic and 6 – 8 a.m. programmers how to do this.

Need Newsies Guidelines
Would help for volunteers to understand their place within the department. Need job descriptions for all positions, including show producers, helps hold people accountable and easier then to take action when people aren’t living up to their roles. Would be nice to have a welcome letter from NPAC, maybe instructional video so new news volunteers get to know some of the other people they may see in the station, understand NPAC liaison system and requirements such as Quarterly and Annual Meetings.

NPAC Minutes Violation
Already solved during committee comment. Minutes responsibility moved away from Carolyn VandeWiele and on to monthly attendee. Carolyn must still get us up to date on past meetings.

I’m Homeless Series
“I’m Homeless” series running with good feedback form the community and the homeless.

Program Review: Brown County Hour

  • Needs spontaneity/naturalness in interviews and other segments.
  • Speak to those outside the “in crowd” of Brown County
  • Issue of advocacy – better to remain journalistic and use advocacy in other ways – call out for volunteers for environmental organizations or have a regular Brown County update on EcoReport.
  • If we want to be more ergular, maybe could add in news items or segments to the Daily Local News.
  • Underwriting sounds too much like an advertisement.
  • Try to involve youth in the programming

Committee Vote: Green Light, on annual review track for March 2015

Program Review: Activate!

  • Has strayed from mission of encouraging others to volunteer in the community by including employees and those without passion as guests
  • Can’t be an infomercial for an organization
  • Needs to be about the volunteer, why they want to volunteer, why they chose that organization, what difference it has made to those they’ve helped and to themselves
  • NPAC acknowledges that often times it is the staff trying to make sure the volunteers represent them perfectly, so try to control the interview. Perhaps better to approach volunteers, not organizations, through contact lists like the “Be More” nominations.

Committee Vote: Yellow Light, comments to producer from Helen, three month follow-up with Jennifer attending June 2014

Approval of Minutes
All vote yea

Adjournment
8:53 PM

Next meeting is scheduled for April 17.

Carolyn VandeWiele is liaison. Shows to be reviewed: Volunteer Connection, An Organic Conversation

Information Technology Committee (Formerly Technology Committee): March 5, 2014

Call to Order
Present: Markus Lowe, Johrdan Vicstein, Cleveland Dietz, Ronald Neely, Richard Fish
6:00 PM

Improving Our Streaming Signal

WFHB will switch its streaming service providers. Markus recommended we go ahead and sign up for ShoutCheap and keep our service with GoDaddy until the new stream was in place and operating. This was agreed. We will pay for two services for one month. ShoutCheap will save the station at least $5.00 per month, and provide more reliable service. It will also give us more capacity. The present stream begins to have problems when 20 or more listeners are on at the same time. The new stream will be good for 50 listeners, and is scalable in steps as our audience increases. ShoutCheap also gives much better statistics and analytics. The high-quality stream will still be 128K, and the low-quality stream will be at least 32K (as it is now), but could be greater.

Cleveland will sign up for the service, and Markus and Johrdan get the new stream up and running.

Improving Internet Connectivity

WFHB will switch its Internet service from Comcast to Smithville, which will upgrade us from coaxial cable to fiber optic. Smithville’s connectivity will be more reliable, could be faster, and will be cheaper. Cleveland has consulted Smithville, and their service is available to us. They already connect the Waldron and Fountain Square. The next step is for their techs to come out and do a site survey, to see exactly what will be required to extend the fiber connection to the station. Having done that, they can quote us an installation cost. This will happen soon. Cleveland did not have a definite date. Actual installation will be scheduledd with Johrdan, so he can be present when it happens.

March 10, 2014: Cleveland reports: “No go on Smithville for ‘probably a couple of months’ as they don’t have the fibder down to provide voice service. We’re going to have to wait a bit. Tony said he’d have more information in a couple of weeks.”

Website

Markus reported that Alycin asked for links to the archive to be placed on all program pages. He will do this.

Online Ticket Sales

Cleveland asked if it would be possible for us to sell tickets for WFHB events on our website. The Buskirk-Chumley Theater will do this for us, but not for free. Markus thought it might be somewhat complex to create our own software. After consideration, it was reckoned that we might have 12-15 events each year for which we charge admission, so there is a limit to the amount of hours and effort it’s worthwhile to put in.

Mobile Credit Card Sales

Cleveland asked what it would take to be able to take credit cards in the field, for sales or donations. Markus and Johrdran recommended we get an account with square.com for this purpose, and also purchase a “My-Fi” adapter to get Internet connectivity anywhere through cell phone service, which would cost about $100.00. This would work with a smart phone or laptop. Cleveland noted that the station has a Chromebook which is not used much and would fill the bill.

Remote Internet Feeds

Cleveland noted we have a dongle with Verizon, a service which allows remote Internet feeds, costing $60.00 per month. It is not used much at present, only for Local Live shows from recording studios. Johrdan suggested that we eliminate that service and sign up for a different service that would only cost money when it is used.

The Newsletter On the Website

Markus reported he is working on this, and must integrate the MailChimp program that distributes the newsletter. People need to be able to find the newsletter on the website (and the archive of back issues) and also subscribe or unsubscribe.

Computer Use at the Station

Richard brought up some problems he’d had producing his Bloomington Beware module on Sunday nights. He asked that when system changes be made, more efforts should be made after that to inform all the users of the system. Cleveland and Markus pointed out that the production computer in the small studio is practically an antique, but keeps working for the present.

Everyone also reported finding computers left in the middle of something, files not saved, browsers or emails or Spinitron not logged out, etc. This is a human problem and a training issue. Cleveland may put out the word on Spot-Online about this and ask Alycin Bektesh to tell the News Department. Richard will start mentioning this when he trains people. Johrdan recommended strongly that people always browse the Internet in “private” or “incognito” mode (Control-Shift-P in Firefox) to avoid loading the system with everybody’s browsing history, but did not know how to make this the default.

New Committee Member

Markus asked Ronald about his experience and interest in the committee. Ronald has some audio and IT experience and will see about checking out the Facilities Committee before he decides how he best fits in.

Firehouse News, Vol. 1, No. 1: Introducing the Firehouse News

by Michael G. Glab

Welcome to the first issue of the Firehouse News. Written, compiled, and edited by volunteers with the cooperation of WFHB staffers and Board of Directors, Firehouse News brings you inside information about Bloomington’s community radio station.

Firehouse News is a key component of a multi-front effort to bring transparency to our station. We’ll tie in with WFHB’s main website, as well as Facebook and Twitter pages, and the Google groups Spot-Online and Spot-Unleashed. Using these tools, we’ll create a comprehensive and thorough look at all aspects of our community-run, community-owned broadcasting and online operation.

Our articles, profiles, and news items will serve not only the hundreds of active WFHB volunteers, but will help introduce Firehouse Broadcasting to tens of thousands more people in our coverage area, including the Indiana University campus. The more people who get to know about WFHB and its people, the more our volunteer army will grow. With that will come fresh new ideas for programming, exciting new on-air and production talent, and a more involved listener base.

In this first issue, we introduce you to some of the key people who bring grassroots radio programming to our corner of South Central Indiana. They’ll tell us about new developments in programming, challenges in airing music, news and spoken word entertainment in a non-profit environment, and long-term station goals and strategies.

Firehouse News will bring you reports from the Music, News, Engineering, and Volunteer departments. We’ll present the General Manager’s report. We’ll have profiles of volunteer staff and paid staff. We’ll present informative features on the many faces of WFHB. This newsletter will be your lifeline to community radio in South Central Indiana.

Now, when you need to find out about the nuts-and-bolts of a non-profit, community radio operation, you can turn to us. We’ll provide links to the WFHB station bylaws, the activities of its Board of Directors, the Firehouse Broadcasting Strategic Plan, and even our station budget.

Regular issues of Firehouse News will arrive in your inbox four times a year with special issues published at various times. For instance, we already are working on a special issue to cover the upcoming Board of Directors election, the Spring Fund Drive, and the Acoustic Roots Festival. Subscribe to Firehouse News. Tell your friends and family about us. Be a part of Bloomington’s community radio family!

Firehouse News, Vol. 1, No. 1: Meet the New General Manager

by Helen Harrell

If you haven’t met new WFHB General Manager Cleveland Dietz, you should consider stopping by the station to introduce yourself. You won’t be sorry that you did. Cleveland is a friendly, upbeat person always eager to share his insights about the station and plans for future growth. On board for just a few months now, Cleveland has stepped into his position like an old pro. Of course, his stints as part of the News Department’s volunteer staff, then Administrative Assistant, then Interim General Mnaager following the departure of Chad Carrothers did afford him some time to get a feel for the station and its extensive crew consisting of both paid staff and volunteer staff. Even with all that he observed, he still wanted the job, so kudos to him and lucky for WFHB!

While working with an extensive cast of Bloomingtonians can be equated with herding cats, Cleveland is unflappable. He has some serious goals that he believes will further legitimize the station by creating a more stable environment and context for future development. Here are just a few:

  1. developing organizational documents by creating, re-instituting, or revising an employee handbook, a volunteer code of conduct and board operations manual
  2. developing a clear marketing plan to make WFHB more of a presence regionally and continue to promote the station at IU and in Bloomington
  3. affording more opportunities for volunteers by matching skills and talents with station needs
  4. hiring a Development Director within the next few months
  5. increasing financial donations
  6. increasing staff, volunteer staff, and program development

Whew!

Considering all that Cleveland envisions, he is quick to point out that some of these improvements have already been accomplished or are underway. Upbeat as he talks about the 3-5 year WFHB Strategic Plan, he notes that a new website has been launched and is being updated on a regular basis. Money has been raised to hire a Development Director and that position should be filled by the end of the station’s fiscal year in June. Improving promotions on-air is in progress; for example, the music show DJs will soon begin promoting the next DJ coming up and the development of pre-recorded promos for music shows is soon to be underway. A new camera will enable the News Department to post photos and video to the website and adding video to music broadcasts is in the development stages. New TalentPods and headset mics are now in use. The Facilities Committee is focusing on improving space either through renovation or possible relocation. Four news department stations have recently been created, providing more capacity for volunteer staff in the news department and affording paid news staff more privacy when confidentiality issues arise. And finally, not only have monthly volunteer meetings been successfully re-instituted, but volunteers have been renamed volunteer staff to recognize the significance of their contributions.

Considering all that is happening, changing, developing, it seems that WFHB is in good hands with Cleveland Dietz at the helm. We look forward to the future!

Firehouse News, Vol. 1, No. 1: About the News Department

by Michael G. Glab

Alycin Bektesh signed up as a volunteer in the News Department in the winter of 2010. She became Assistant News Director in June 2011 and was named News Director in November of that year. Here is a true WFHB success story. She has described her paid staff position as her “dream job.” She’ll be our source for new developments in the News Department.

News News:

Bektesh in recent months has overseen the move of reporters from their old cramped quarters to a more spacious area where the station’s old vinyl library used to stand. “I’m so excited about our new newsroom,” she says.

The new newsroom can comfortably seat three working reporters and a producer or audio engineer, all in front of their own computer work stations. Bektesh says this helps greatly with the communication flow as deadlines approach. “People had to communicate via emails and walking around the building trying to find each other,” she says. “We could all have been here at the same time and never really be able to interact with each other.”

The move also benefits the Music Department, which now can use the small production studio at any time for unscheduled live performances. Under the old set-up, the News Department reserved that studio for post-production and editing.

Bektesh has welcomes aboard Drew Daudelin to manage much of the work that goes into the Daily Local News. “Drew oversees copy editing and production of the script,” she says. Daudelin pitched the idea of the position to her. He works each weekday afternoon and can work directly with new volunteer news reporters, getting them up to speed, and ensuring their output approaches Associated Press standards.

Speaking of high standards, Bektesh recently submitted more than 20 audio clips to the Indiana Society of Professional Journalists for the organization’s 2014 awards. The ceremony will be in Indianapolis this spring. WFHB’s entries include clips from the Daily Local News, Bring It On!, Interchange, and others.

The News Department now has a staff of three dedicated feature writers. The Daily Local News includes an 8-minute in-depth feature concentrating on a specific issue. Assistant News Director Joe Crawford has produced features on historic preservation and other city and county issues. He and reporters Lauren Glapa and Casey Kuhn each must produce at least one feature per week.

With Zorba Paster On Your Health‘s annual syndication fee rising considerably on an annual basis, the News and Public Affairs Committee opted to cancel WFHB’s weekly presentation of the program. Bektesh has put the call out for a replacement produced locally and concentrating on medical issues specific to South Central Indiana. “My hope and dream is to have a local medical reporting program following the model of EcoReport.”

A programming note: A repeat of the Brown County Hour now can be heard on Wednesdays at 6 p.m. BCH runs the first Sunday morning of each month, with the repeat airing three evenings later.

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