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Firehouse Follies presents ‘Forbidden Vegetables’ December 14 feat. Harpeth Rising

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The WFHB Unusual Suspects Radio Acting Troupe is pleased to announce that two of our more popular characters from shows past–Penelope Pringle, vascular recovery nurse, and Oprah Operagurl, the only opera singer in the world to accompany herself on the violin–have time in their busy schedules to join us for “Forbidden Vegetables,” the winter edition of the Firehouse Follies.Plus, special musical guests Harpeth Rising. Join us at 4 p.m. Dec. 14 at the Ivy Tech Waldron Whikehart Morris Auditorium to see what they’re up to. You’ll be glad you did!

Programming Summit Minutes – November 19, 2014

PROGRAMMING SUMMIT

NOVEMBER 19, 2014  6PM

WFHB Studios

Agenda

1.  Music Director Observations & Suggestions

2.  News Director Observations & Suggestions

3.  Visitor Comment

4.  Committee Discussion

5.  Visitor Comment

6.  Adjourn

Present

Cleveland Dietz, Jim Manion, Rich Reardin, Maria McKinley, Emily Jackson, Alycin Bektesh, Sarah Ryterband, William Hosea, Liz Mitchell, Chet Chmielewski, Joe Crawford, Clarence Boone, Jim Mitchell, Matt Igleski, Araceli Gomez, Kelly Wherley, Cynthia Wolfe, Trish Kerle, Cynthia Roberts-Hall

1.  Music Director Observations & Suggestions

Jim Manion offered highlights Music Committee activities of the past year:

a. revised and approved new DJ Guidelines

b. trained many new DJs – there are younger DJs coming to WFHB

c. branded Firehouse Sessions – WFHB on air live sessions with visiting artists, mixed and uploaded to the website

d. researched “time shift listening” which means having DJ mixes available via the website for streaming (not downloading).  WFHB will partner with Radio Free America and Spinitron as a beta tester for their new initiative.  Therefore free and much easier than doing it in house.

Jim stated that he was inspired by Alycin and the process she went through this summer with the News Summit and hope to do it with the Music Dept. next year.

2.  News Director Observations & Suggestions

Alycin described activities of the News & Public Affairs Committee:

Annual review of all shows, both syndicated and in house — 31 total

Review Show Proposals which include the Proposal Form and sample audio

Regarding the News Summit: a great deal of information gathered from the many meetings, resulting in a 40 page document.

Five Areas examined:  Schedule — Mission — Facilities — Training — Governance

Alycin spends most of her time working on the Daily Local News.  To adequately assist the evening shows, she would have to be at the station for more than 8 hours a day.   Looking at each show, how many hours per week are required?  How many should be available?

More than 60 hours a week would be needed to keep these shows going successfully.  A strong conclusion was that the current situation is not sustainable.  At the same time, no one wanted to consider cutting any shows.

Four conclusions:

1. News VS Public Affairs – these are very different models requiring different training and skill sets

2. Need more listener input and staff feedback for the shows

3. Training in needed in equipment use and in broadcasting style

4. There needs to be a second eye on the show and its production

If you look at the organizational structure of the News Department, each line goes to Alycin, every producer of every show.  Again, the process of the News Summit reveals an unsustainable situation.  While highly dedicated, staff are primed for burnout.  These summaries were presented to the Board along with a wish list.  There is currently no more money to hire more staff.  It is very difficult to find a solution as Alycin shared that on many occasions she would come to work thinking she’s found the answer.  But alas, nothing workable has yet been found to address the problem.  Alycin suggested that one way to try — what can be done by 2015?

Suggestion: Move the second airing of Democracy Now to 6pm and move the 6pm-7pm shows to noon.

Split the duties of these two areas: News & Public Affairs

3.  Visitor Comment

4.  Committee Discussion

5.  Visitor Comment

(notes below include visitor and committee comments)

Discussion revolved around the problem faced by show producers and volunteers if the shows were on at noon.  Clarence Boone stated that leaving work at mid-day for the time needed (more than an hour) would be difficult, as would lining up guests at mid-day.  Araceli stated it would be OK for her to be at WFHB for HOLA Bloomington at noon, but hard for volunteers.  Others also had questions about the listenership being able to listen at noon.  Many people are working, while at 6pm they are free to listen.  Could shows be pre-recorded and aired at noon?  The discussion also included how people listen.  More people are using podcasts options and listen when they want.  Some were not so sure that podcasts were a first choice and the time slot made a big difference.

The comment was made that clearly there are obstacles in making any changes but there are huge obstacles to the situation staying the same.

Could some shows change time slots?  Hola Bloomington and Bring it On are Monday and Friday, could they stay at 6pm?  Discussion of having schedule changes confuse people.

Discussion about a call-in show, Alycin noted that she has been charged by the Board to create a call-in show.  This was one very strong preference in the Strategic Planning survey.  Some discussion about how a call-in show would work.  Now with tweets and texting, more options than just the phone.  Discussion of when people listen, how we know who listens and that we need to know who is listening and when.  Perhaps a short survey is needed right away.  What feedback can we get?   Listeners of Democracy Now at noon are quite devoted and would be upset by this change.  How can we make changes not be too painful for anyone?

Jim Manion noted that he attended a conference session titled: “How to Make Schedule Changes without Being Killed.”  It is typically difficult, but we should embrace change and accept the challenge and help the WFHB community do the same.  He also noted that in the community radio world, 11am to 1pm is typically slotted for news and information.

At the conclusion of the meeting, the committees decided to conduct both a listener survey and a survey of the volunteers associated with the 6 -7 PM shows to assess availability. The listener survey became public November 24 and will remain available by Internet and phone until December 17. The data will be reviewed as the next step in the process at the December 18 meeting of the News and Public Affairs Committee.

6.  Adjourn

News and Public Affairs Committee Minutes – October 23, 2014

Members Present:  Alycin Bektesh, Rich Reardin, Sarah Ryterband, Cynthia Roberts-Hall, Maria McKinley

Members Absent:  Kelly Miller

Chair Sarah calls the meeting to Order at 7:12 pm.

Committee Comments:

Visiting Cuban Artists are in town looking for one more mural to paint for around $1000.  The City does not have any more B-Line space for artists.  Contact Cynthia for more information.

Director’s Report:  Alycin

For our live Election Night coverage, we will simulcast with CATS.  We are going to broadcast from the CATS studio this year.  Although not ideal, it does offer a production studio that will give us the best sound however there is no cell phone service in the studio but we’ll be internet-chatting and have a posted sentry outside to let people in the door which leads directly to the studio.  The County Clerk’s office (Linda Robbins) will be emailing updates to the news media.  Half of our interviews are already booked for election night.  Spots at 15 and 45 on the hour will hopefully be pre-recorded which we can play and there will need to be someone here in the WFHB studio to run things. Rich  R says we could use some inexpensive walkie talkies and Cynthia suggested we contact Lotus festival folks to use their professional grade units to communicate with each other, especially the sentry.

“Back in the day” based on what Joe Estivill has told Cleveland Dietz, there was a programming summit after the fall fund drive where  department heads and news committee and music programming members would meet.  After discussion we have agreed to meet on November 19th at 6 pm for this programming summit.  Cynthia will send out a notice about the change in the NPAC meeting for November.  The NPAC committee will meet on Nov 13th to formulate a plan before this meeting so we will not be reviewing programming but discussing our strategy for the meeting on the 19th.

We need 2 members for our NPAC committee, at least a listener or two listeners.  One listener contacted Alycin about negative feedback concerning the H-T news brief in the mornings and she was invited to attend the meeting tonight to consider joining NPAC.  Another volunteer was also approached by Alycin but is non-committal.  Alycin states  we have the best committee.  And we are all responsible for recruitment.

bloomingOut has put together a great crew that has stepped up to produce the show.  Alycin met Jeff and Jeff who have just moved here from Portland and were involved in local gay radio program there.  There will be many changes to the program including a campus report from LGBT IU students.  The show will be live beginning November 6th.

Rich brings up two issues that he will discuss at the next Board meeting on October 27th:  Helen and Carol’s exit from bloomingOut and the grant for $19,000 for the digital board

CATS week review:

This program is a summary of what has happened and discussed in the various government committees and council meetings from the week.  It is written by our Asst News Director, Joe Crawford, and is produced as a video on the CATS website with the video soundbites pertaining to the stories.  We do not as yet have this linked to our station’s website as CATS wants to draw people to their website   We write it based on CATS’ guidelines but we cannot report it as in the context of a news story.  We could begin to editorialize if we perhaps did a 30 minute story in the format of CATS but then added a 30 minute interview show.  The committee votes to give it a “Green light” and commends Joe for his tireless effort in listening to all those weekly meetings.

Books Unbound:

An open discussion of this program reveals several areas for improvement:

1.  Put up the number of segments online to identify where you are in the book, i.e. this is Segment 4 out of Segment 7.

  1.  The production is not consistent and not as good in certain segments as it relates to the sound. The show could have better editing due to the audible p-pop sounds.
  2. There is some preference to highlight local banned books but those may not be in the public domain which would add a cost although in some cases that would be minimal.
  3. We felt some disconnect with the storyline due to the week in between broadcasts. Rich suggests we put the entire book online and only read portions on air, directing listeners to the website for continuous audio opportunities.
  4. A book should be read like a book and not like radio theater.  Some of us thought the readers went too fast while others thought it was too slow.   We voted to give the show a yellow light and we want to talk to the new producers soon, then review again in 6 months.

Having completed the agenda, we adjourn at 8:50 pm.

Respectfully submitted,

Maria McKinley

Help Brown County Hour Raise Money for a New Studio

The Brown County Hour has moved its operations into the new Brown County Historical Society building and is happy to have more space to record in, but needs to build a studio space to provide the quality recording that Brown County–and the rest of south central Indiana–deserves. You can help them pay for it by coming out to enjoy some fine Brown County musicians and participating in a silent auction.

November 1

7 – 10 PM at the Brown County Inn’s Town Hall

$10 entry

Finance Committee Meeting Minutes – October 22, 2014

Attending: Mark Lowe, Jean Hollinger, Pam Davidson, Sarah Borden, Cleveland Dietz

call to order: 6:06pm

1. Audit vs transmitter – Audit wins – $5,000. CPB is $70,000+ income

2. strategic items from strategic plan – Cleveland will share list, and look for in kind donations within [todo]

3. Lotus CDs – more money from BCT placement than Lotus Festival store placement $54 and $30

4. Honda Foundation grant – backup for Raymond Foundation, still will pursue – due Nov 1, pick a strategic spend and run [todo]

5. Angel donors – 1 is in second is coming end of month

6. Fund drive – $8000 short

7. MCCF – pass thru fund. Cleveland to look into it [todo]

8. fund drive numbers – discussed strategies to correct

- lapsed donors, year end drive, credit/debit sustaining donations

9. Sofia Travis grant – calendar mark it for august / sept – county council subcom [todo]

10. Looked at current numbers. Noteworthy:

- 92.3% of pledges collected thus far

- short $4500 in underwriting sales this month

- short $3000 in underwriting day sponsors for fund drive

- need to look at sponsor/underwriting opportunities asap

Adjourn 7:10pm

Executive Committee Meeting Minutes – October 13, 2014

Present:  Joe Estivill, Markus Lowe, Cleveland Dietz, Kelly Wherley (recorder).

  1. Agenda was set.  We discussed the details of what needs to happen for the Personnel Committee.  Additionally, we discussed logistics for the retreat.  We discussed some of the different options that we have for having an audit done for the station—the price tag for which is likely to be a bit more than what we had budgeted for.

Brown County Day – 1 – 3 PM, October 10 – Muddy Boots Cafe

Listen In and Listen Up: A Message from Brown County Hour producer Pam Raider

The fall fund drive for our local community radio station WFHB (FM91.3 and 100.7) begins on October 3rd and runs through October 12th.  By definition, this station is listener supported and volunteer powered – nothing would happen without our participation and support.  And I for one am grateful for their varied and entertaining programming from the eclectic variety of music, including live Lotus entertainment, to award winning daily local news.  I have learned so much from their many talk shows, interviews and taped lectures.

WFHB is a connection to the wider world not only through what we hear but because we get to share our stories on The Brown County Hour twice each month (we are into our fifth year of production).  On the first Sunday of the drive, October 5th episode 31 of The Brown County Hour will air at 9 am with two of the team members, Dave Seastrom and Pam Raider, hosting live on the air.  By the way you can also catch this or any of our past episodes on line at browncountyhour.com or streamed from wfhb website.  I hope you will tune in and let the station know you support the show by pledging some amount which you can do by calling 812-323-1200 or on line at wfhb.org.  Let’s keep this signal strong – it takes everyone’s help to pay the expenses.

It is important to continue to support unique local endeavors that keep community strong.  WFHB is a training ground for citizen journalists who learn how to report on critical issues in their own backyard, this is community empowerment, something we could use more of.

During this fund drive week in October, you will have another opportunity to show your support by coming out to Muddy Boots on Friday October 10th where we will be broadcasting live from 1 – 3 pm, and Kade Puckett will be performing at 1:20 p.m. and the Indiana Boys will be performing at 2:20 p.m.  You just might get on the air yourself as one of the proud supporters of WFHB.  Where else do you have a chance to actually participate in a radio station?

Since our pledges are votes for programs we like, we actually help determine on air content.    So step up and keep this signal strong by supporting us during this fund drive.  I think you’ll be glad you did.

Saturday’s Child: 20th Anniversary Special!

October 11, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Monroe County History Center
FREE

Saturday’s Child, WFHB’s longest-running live music broadcast, is 20 years old this year and we’re having a party. Join us for a super-special two-hour broadcast Saturday, Oct. 11, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Monroe County History Center when Saturday’s Child and the WFHB Fall Fund Drive join forces to bring you some of Bloomington’s premier musicians: Carrie Newcomer, Grey Larsen & Cindy Kallet, Jason & Ginger, and Tom Roznowski to celebrate our birthday and the fall fund drive.

As always, the bagels, coffee, juice and music are on us, and the show will be broadcast live on your community radio station, WFHB.

Finance Committee Minutes – September 17, 2014

Attending: Cleveland Dietz, Jean Hollinger, Joe Estivill, Mark Lowe

Call to order 6:10pm

Old Business

  1. Audit vs transmitter question

    1. Audit is critical now. CPB funding requires Audit, so Audit is required this year

    2. Need to clarify dates for Audit requirement (and length of years)

    3. Need to clarify the re-classification

    4. Station will need to raise $300k per year to get back to full CPB funding. $208k current budget so would need additional ~$98k to reach Level B

    5. Bring to board – What is bare minimum for CPB, and what is required minimum for grants? [Cleveland]

  2. Development director

    1. Joe – does development director need to be on Finance Committee?

    2. Mark – let Dorothy know where numbers are and ask if she wants to be on the Committee

  3. Lotus Fund Drive recap

    1. Received $9k, but up $1k (estimate)

    2. Cleveland to make call to Lotus tomorrow and get with Jim on how we can get rest of tickets off our hands.

  4. Development Director update

    1. Dorothy Granger hired and working. Meeting and greeting everyone.

    2. Lotus CDs at Spring Hill and BCT Box Office ($6/$4 split, $.90 to make)

    3. Weekly 1-1 meetings for a development plan.

    4. Participating in conversation with Youth Services Bureau grant

    5. Raymond Foundation grant too

    6. Honda Foundation grant

  5. Audit vs Translator from board (see #1 previous)

New business / Strategic

  1. Credit card: Mark – look for better CC with better rates and incentives

Review monthly statements

  1. Analyze current finance

    1. Good chance of meeting budget for Membership Inc and Underwriting

    2. Follies brought in $550

    3. More than 55 people so seems the tickets were sold at less value (?)

    4. Development director money has not appeared yet

    5. Expense issues

      1. Advertising = Joe Lamantia work from last year

      2. Internet services = verizon account not yet closed

      3. Dues & Subscriptions = old bill from last year PRX

      4. Accounting = budgeted for audit

      5. Engineering = power supplies

      6. Building = HVAC

      7. Computer supplies = Grant money from BCCF for equipment for BC Hour

      8. Office = Printer expense and toner

  2. Highlights for board

    1. Cleveland – Close to actual budget on a very ambitious budget

    2. Mark – Concerns on angel donors bringing in money

    3. All – Concerns on audit – need details, etc. to make an informed decision

    4. Mark/Joe – Flip Lotus tickets into a positive – give to vols, donors, partners, etc.

Adjourn 7:10pm

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