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Meet the Candidates for WFHB’s Board of Directors!



Mr. Loudermilk did not submit his materials by deadline.


Mr. Loudermilk did not submit his materials by deadline.



Greetings to all who read this!  My name is Kelly C. Wherley and I’m writing this biography to provide a little background as I campaign to be elected to the WFHB Board of Directors.

I have worked for Indiana University for the past ten years.  I manage the facilities at the Mathers Museum of World Cultures.  My educational background includes receiving a B.A. in English from the University of Notre Dame (’98).

I have lived in Bloomington, Indiana since July, 1999. I have volunteered for WFHB for over ten years.  I started out in the News Department under Chad Carrothers and produce Voices in the Street and anchor the Wednesday Daily Local News.  I have been a programmer on the Radio Gnome Showgram and currently host the 3rd and 5th Friday editions of the Morning Music Mix from 6-8am.  (I have been the Music Director for the Trashion/Refashion Show for the last three years which, if you’ve seen it, is the best indicator of my musical tastes and creativity.)  I have been WFHB’s Volunteer Coordinator since August, 2011 and facilitate New Volunteer Orientations, keep database records of volunteers, work on special projects as they arise and hold monthly roundtable meetings with fellow Board Candidate, Markus Lowe.

I’m seeking election to WFHB’s Board of Directors because I care about the station.  I have worked with five General Managers and two interim General Managers.  I have worked with three different News Directors.  I know quite a bit about the staff, the volunteers, the community WFHB serves, and everything else that goes into making the station work—including being a part of planning committees which generated the most recent Strategic Plan.

Philosophically, I see the station as a cultural institution—a unique entity which has the rare gift to reflect the people who make it run and serve the community that tunes in.  Radio has its fair share of challenges in the digital age and I would try to further accentuate its ability to be a “taste maker” in the Midwest.  Sustainability and quality are essential to this objective.  I see sustainability to include all aspects of station operations including finances, fundraising, job descriptions, governing documents, and contract agreements.   The quality of our air sound can be enhanced with volunteer training and professional development.

I’ve seen quite a few changes at the station over the course of my time here, and feel ready to assume a more integral and influential role in the discussions, plans and actions that will impact the course of WFHB in the coming years.

Thank you for your consideration.  I’m truly sorry to be unable to attend the Annual Meeting—the whole family is getting together in Hawaii to celebrate my mother’s 70th birthday.  Aloha!


1.  Are you now or have you in the past served on a nonprofit board of directors?

Answer:  No, this is my first foray into the board arena.

2.  Are you comfortable assisting with station fundraising efforts?  Do you have experience in this area?

Answer:  I am comfortable assisting with station fundraising efforts.  I’ve participated in every fund drive since first volunteering with the station.  Outside of the station, I also have experience securing sponsorships for the Trashion/Refashion Show while on their planning committee.

3. Are you currently involved with WFHB?  If so, how?

Answer:  I’ve been involved with WFHB for over ten years.  I began by producing the Voices in the Street news segment, which I continue to produce today, and I’m also an anchor for Wednesday’s Daily Local News.  I have quite a bit of music programming experience which included an overnight shift, the Radio Gnome Showgram and currently includes the Friday morning music mix.  I have also been WFHB’s Volunteer Coordinator since 2011.

4. What do you think are the three most important functions of the Board of Directors.

Answer:  By definition, the #1 and #2 primary functions of the Board and its members are to employ the paid staff of WFHB and oversee the business management of WFHB.  I would consider representation of the station along with networking with area businesses and fundraising to be the third most important function.

5. What are the strongest skills that you would bring to the Board of Directors and how would you utilize them to help you meet the goals you have outlined in #4?

Answer:  I believe my greatest strengths lie in team/consensus building and networking.  I have been a Bloomington resident since 1999 and have over ten years’ experience volunteering with the station.  I intend to use the ties I have established both within the station and with community businesses to improve the visibility of the station as well as secure new fundraising/underwriting/sponsorship relations.

6. Is there anything else you would like us to know about your candidacy?

Answer:  Please see short bio.



Greetings to all participating members of WFHB! My name is Mark Lowe, but as you may know, I prefer Markus for radio. I am an Indiana native with over 15 years of experience in college and community radio, from the airwaves of 91.3FM WCRD Muncie to 91.3FM WFHB Bloomington. I have been active with WFHB since 2002 as a listener, supporter, volunteer, and also as a staff member, serving as General Manager from 2007 to 2008. Previously, I worked for UITS at Indiana University for 8 years before receiving my master’s degree from the IU Kelley School of Business in 2012. I am now employed at Cook Medical as a Global Project Manager in Information Technology.

I have lived in Bloomington for nearly 13 years and love to call it my home. Like others I know of, I moved here for the university, but quickly fell in love with the community of Bloomington. WFHB, as a reflection of the community, certainly has my heart. It fills that need I have to connect with and celebrate our community, provides an outlet for my love of radio, and gives a fix for my addiction as a self-proclaimed music junkie.

Most recently in 2014, I have worked with Volunteer Coordinator Kelly Wherley to re-establish the monthly WFHB Volunteer meetings with efforts to focus volunteer energy in a positive direction, to maintain open lines of communication, and to get a better understanding of the expectations, goals and challenges of the volunteers. It is through this experience that I came to the decision to run for the Board of Directors. I feel this is the best way forward for me at this time to make a positive impact for our beloved organization. I welcome your support!


1.  Are you now or have you in the past served on a nonprofit board of directors?

I have previously served as General Manager of WFHB, which acts as a non-voting member of the WFHB Board of Directors.

2.  Are you comfortable assisting with station fundraising efforts?  Do you have experience in this area?

I absolutely have no issue with assisting the station in fundraising efforts.

My experience in fundraising comes from WFHB: (1) on-air fundraising efforts both organizing as a GM, and also as an on-air programmer, (2) underwriting sales as GM, and (3) grant writing efforts as GM (with much Board assistance).

Previous success in fundraising with WFHB include: City of Bloomington grant to fund outdoor signage and lighting (2007); Brown County Community Foundation grant for 100.7FM translator (2007); City of Bloomington Matchstick grant for endowment fund (2007 and 2008); Corporation for Public Broadcasting grant for FM broadcasting (established 2008 and ongoing).

3. Are you currently involved with WFHB?  If so, how?

Primarily I serve as a volunteer programmer, hosting a bi-weekly eclectic electronic music show called 32 Hertz. I am also the Electronic Music Genre Director providing album reviews and add pool CDs for my fellow DJs. I also serve on the technology committee and provide administration for many of WFHBs IT services, including the (new and improved!) WFHB website.

4. What do you think are the three most important functions of the Board of Directors?

    1. Representing the participating membership (volunteers) to provide governance of Bloomington Community Radio Inc. (including strategic planning, vision, and financial oversight)
    2. Management and oversight of paid staff
    3. Management of long-range fundraising efforts (including grants, planned giving, large donors, etc.)

5. What are the strongest skills that you would bring to the Board of Directors and how would you utilize them to help you meet the goals you have outlined in #4?

I believe my biggest asset is my experience with WFHB and my relationships and trust among the participating members. I seek to represent the volunteers to the best of my ability and bring additional leadership to the Board. I would utilize my skills to improve communication within the organization, and to assist the board to be more effective in governance and oversight that is in alignment with the goals of the membership.

6. Is there anything else you would like us to know about your candidacy?

I am here to help. I love WFHB!



In March of 2008, I attended the volunteer training, after having been a WFHB listener for a couple of years. First, I was primarily a news listener but after my first desk jockeying experience, I paid closer attention to the overall programming, particularly the music. Through WFHB, I was introduced to genres of music that I never thought I would ever like, and it turns out that I do! I discovered what a cultural jewel WFHB truly is.

I have served on several committees, including the newly revived Newsletter Committee, and as a regular web stream monitor. I also attend as many WFHB events as I can and am a general supporter of the station, both through donations and promotion of fundraising events. I have promoted the station as much as I personally can, I recruit people to go to events with me and push station programming, including informing people of what they could actually get from listening to WFHB. I hope to continue in this capacity and as a member of the Board of Directors, I could do so in a more comprehensive manner. I look forward to working with the membership in the years to come.


1. Are you now or have you in the past served on a nonprofit board of directors?

I have not served on a nonprofit board of directors. I have, however, taken the nonprofit board certification class in February 2014 that was offered by the City of Bloomington.

2. Are you comfortable assisting with station fundraising efforts?  Do you have experience in this area?

I have participating in fund raising events off and on over the last 25 years or so. This has been in the form of taking cover charges (checking IDs), helping book musicians to perform, raffle ticket management, phone work, etc.  I am comfortable with assisting WFHB in these efforts.

3. Are you currently involved with WFHB?  If so, how?

I currently server on the newly revived Newsletter Committee and continue to monitor the web stream as I have for several years, as well as general promoting of WFHB events.

4. What do you think are the three most important functions of the Board of Directors.

These are in no particular order:

  1. Maintain the by-laws and governance documents through committees, which would include amending these documents as needed or requested. I would also add that the Board has a strong role in the implementation of the strategic plan.
    1. Article 6, section 6.3, paragraph 6.3.6 speaks of establishing committees which would make recommendations to the Board, which can include changes to the by-laws, station governance and strategic planning.
  2. Oversee budgetary matters (includes fundraising)
    1. Article 6, section 6.1, paragraph 6.1.1 states that the Board is the final authority on all matters pertaining to the functioning of WFHB. (This includes finances and property issues)
    2. It is clearly stated in the governance document under Section I. Organizational Structure that the Board of Directors is the station’s legal owner.
  3. Hiring/managing of the General Manager
    1. Article 6, section 6.3, paragraph 6.3.6 also states that the “…board shall employ all paid staff, and have the power to remove any staff member if he or she fails to perform the duties of his/her position.” This is similarly stated in the governance document under Section B Responsibilities Within WFHB.
    2. The governance document states clearly that although the Board is the legal employer of all paid employees, it does not supervise anyone other than the General Manager.

5. What are the strongest skills that you would bring to the Board of Directors and how would you utilize them to help you meet the goals you have outlined in #4?

One of my strongest skills that I feel would benefit WFHB and the board of directors is my communication skills. In nearly every position I have ever held, there was a strong service component to the role I had been hired to do. I have been able to take a department that outwardly had a negative opinion of and been able to create stronger relationships with internal clients which included trust as well as establishing a higher standard of service and communication. This could include making sure questions are answered (and finding an answer if I didn’t know it), providing on demand training, and treating all customers/client with respect.  In one of my most recent rolls, my service and troubleshooting abilities became known as the “Maryll Method”.  Additionally, I enjoyed working personally with clients and established effective business partnerships.

I am also highly analytical. I am an analyst by trade, as well as by nature. I often can see things from a different perspective and can come up with solutions that may not have been considered before.

In light of recent events which included the poor communication between the board and the volunteer base (who are technically the boss of the board), it is clear that better communication needs to happen. I have a few ideas on how to start healing these relationships and rebuilding trust that has been lost.

6. Is there anything else you would like us to know about your candidacy?

Simply that since I was first introduced to WFHB around 8 years ago, I have developed a deep love for WFHB. Over the years, I have tried to become involved in whatever capacity I was able to (as long as it was not on the air), including as a regular donor, as well as a few committees, I have been an avid supporter of station events and try to attend as many as I can. I hold a special place in my heart for WFHB and would like to continue to put that energy to work for the station.



Although I have lived in several places around the United States, as well as two other countries for a short time, I have always been a Hoosier at heart. For the last nine years, I have lived in Bloomington and worked to be an active participant in community affairs. Towards this end, I have offered my time and services to various organizations, including the Monroe County Public Library, the Center for Justice and Mediation, the Bloomington Winter Shelter, the Bloomington Human Rights Commission, the Monroe County NAACP, Big Bothers and Big Sisters of Monroe County and WFHB. Each of these activities has allowed me to work closely with different folks, and better understand the needs and aspirations of our community.

My educational background includes an M.A. in Applied Linguistics from Indiana University. I have also studied at Lehigh University (B.A., Journalism), Howard University (M.A., Communications) and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where I earned my law degree.

I have been employed as an instructor in English as a Second Language at IU for seven years, but my emerging occupation is law. I passed the Indiana State Bar Exam in 2013 and am currently a part-time staff attorney for Legal Services of Indiana (focusing on housing and employment law). I am also developing a private practice with a concentration on civil rights and employment discrimination.

Five years ago, I visited WFHB to find out about the station and its activities. My main purpose was to develop in-town volunteer opportunities for my international students. However, I quickly found myself drawn to the activities, personalities and charter of the station, and I decided to take a “go” at being a DJ, but first I had to pay my dues by working at the front desk (“desk jockeying”). For a month or so, I manned the telephone, took messages and greeted folks to the station. It was a six-week lesson in the history of WFHB as I got to meet people such as Jeff Morris, Jim Manion and Chad Carrothers and others that filled me in on 20-year history of the station.

During those first two months, I also went through the DJ Training cycle and met some of the great DJs we have at WFHB, like Tilman Piedmont, Cindy Beaule and Tall Steve. They all taught me a LOT of lasting lessons about radio – lessons that continue to this day, five years later.

I have also had the privilege of doing different music shows. I presently work on the Tuesday Afternoon Music Mix, the Jazz Menagerie and Hora Latina. Additionally, I have been involved in fundraising where I have had a good measure of success, and I have also done work with the Daily Local News and Interchange.

More than anything else, WFHB has really connected me to the Community, and I would like to help the station grow, prosper and attract others to our Community. I have a whole lot to offer! I would greatly appreciate your vote!


1.  Are you now or have you in the past served on a nonprofit board of directors?

Answer:  I have never served on a board of any type.

2.  Are you comfortable assisting with station fundraising efforts?  Do you have experience in this area?

Answer:  Because I believe in the mission and community of WFHB, I feel very comfortable with fundraising efforts.  Over the last five years, I have tried my best to be an effective on-air fund raiser.  For the most part, I’ve had some good success, and I am prepared to help in any way I can with handshaking, calling, texting, and reaching out to each and every Friend of WFHB.  In addition, I have put my money with my mouth is and contributed $25/month for the past 2-3 years.

3. Are you currently involved with WFHB?  If so, how?

Answer:   Five years ago, I started with WFHB as a desk jockey.  For the past couple years, I have served as a music programmer (DJ) on three different shows: 1. The Tuesday Afternoon Music Mix; 2. The Jazz Menagerie; and 3. Hora Latina.  I have also served as an interviewer on the Daily Local News, as well as an occasional news reader.  For two years, I was an interviewer/host on Interchange and conducted a few dozen interviews.  I was also the producer of the show for approx. six months.  Additionally, I have provided the station with legal advice from time to time.

4. What do you think are the three most important functions of the Board of Directors.

Answer:  I think the three most important functions of the Board of Directors (among many other important functions) are:

    1. Contributing to the vision and continued growth of the station, including new ideas, encouragement and support (including legal support, for which I am duly qualified);
    2. Strengthening the present status of the station, i.e. fund-raising, program development, volunteer outreach, and other decisions pertaining to technological, personnel and financial capital;
    3. Working with other directors, staff and personnel to sustain and enhance the mission WFHB with fellow directors, staff, volunteers and the broader community (e.g. work towards expanding the overall good will of the station)

5. What are the strongest skills that you would bring to the Board of Directors and how would you utilize them to help you meet the goals you have outlined in #4?

Answer: 1. First, I love people.  I love to encourage and support folks in the pursuit of their respective goals; 2. As a lawyer, I like to find solutions (legal or otherwise); 3. I truly believe in WFHB as a Tool of Community – and I’m prepared to help in any way I can.

6. Is there anything else you would like us to know about your candidacy?

Answer:  WFHB has been a good friend to me over the past five years – in terms of the organizational opportunities it has given me and the individual friendships that have grown out of the station.  It would be a pleasure and honor to give back to the station, to help it grow into the next several years, and expand its role as a Community Within A Community.

Firehouse Follies returns June 1st!

What’s behind the green door?

Find out at 4 PM, June 1, at the Ivy Tech Waldon Whikehart Auditorium when the Firehouse Follies presents “Behind the Green Door.”

Admission is $10 single ticket, $15 for two.

In the meantime, have a listen to some of the most recent productions of the Firehouse Follies here.

Board Minutes: May 19, 2014


Balance Sheet April

Profit & Loss April

Budget vs. Actual FY2014


7:09 p.m.


Board members present are Joe Estivill, Rich Reardin, Sheryl Mitchell, Louis Malone, Matt Pierce, Rich Fish, Maria McKinley, Cleveland Dietz.  Board members absent are Pam Davidson and Sheryl Mitchell.  Quorum is established.  Note:  Carolyn arrives at 8:20 p.m.


Sheryl has made a motion to approve the Minutes via email on May 7th.  Rich R  seconds the motion.  Vote is called and motion to approve the Minutes passes unanimously.  There is a brief discussion about making motions and seconding because often when a vote is called for via email, a Board member may vote yes when the call for a motion is made or even after a motion is made but before a second.  The language should be followed according to Roberts’ Rules of Order.  A vote to approve is not a replacement for a motion or a second.  All are in agreement about this procedure.


Cleveland reports that a late response from our pre-fund drive mailer has brought in $3,000 putting the station over the fund drive goal of $46,000 at $47,265.74 for the Spring Fund Drive or 103% of our goal.

MCPL, CATS, WFHB:  We have received a verbal commitment from Michael White on MOU.  Alycin is scheduling a meeting to check out equipment and to understand what the library is willing to provide to us.

Annual Meeting:  Most of the participating memberships’ mailing addresses are confirmed and absentee ballots are already stuffed in envelopes for those addresses confirmed.  We have seven candidates for three Board slots, and the candidates have received the questionnaire and request for a short bio.  The annual meeting will be on June 7th, at the Monroe County History Center.  For the first time in the history of the annual election at WFHB, a candidate forum will be held at 11 a.m. for Participating Members.  This will be in the form of a panel discussion moderated by News Director Alycin Bektesh with an opportunity for the membership to ask questions of the candidates.  The annual meeting will then begin at 12:15 p.m.  The membership will be asked to bring food for the potluck luncheon, the station will provide the paper products and soft drinks and ice.  Maria and Cleveland will meet with Carolyn before the annual meeting to work out the details of counting votes and the procedures for additional balloting if a majority vote for three candidates is not achieved on the first round of voting.


We have cut our spending significantly so that with the decrease in fundraising over the year, we did just break a little over “even.”  It has worked out that in some areas, we have additional unforeseen expenses but in other areas, we do not spend the money budgeted for that area.  For instance, purchases under “Computer Supplies” are overdue because the regular 5-year cycle of purchasing these items only shows up in the line item budget every 5 years.  See attached documents for detailed spreadsheets of the financials.  See “New Business” below for a discussion of the Fiscal Year Budget for 2014.


The Board of Directors’ Code of Conduct/Board Member Commitment form rough draft was forwarded via email by Cleveland to Board members so a discussion could be brought forth at tonight’s meeting.  Joe leads a discussion through the document line-by-line and input about wording changes is documented by the Secretary.  Attendance has been an issue throughout the past year and members are in agreement that missing 30% of Board Meetings within any given year could result in dismissal.  Motion to accept could not be made due to the changes in the presented document and Maria agrees to make the suggested corrections to the document and send out after the Board elections but prior to the June Board meeting.

Board Operations Manual and NFCB listserv responses: Cleveland has had two responses concerning these topics but the more specific response was from a station where the book “How Effective Non-Profits Work is purchased in bulk and handed out to all new Board members.  Cleveland will attempt to find a copy of this book and Carolyn suggests it might be available at our public library.

Community Advisory Board mission statement:  Maria has put together a mission statement for the Community Advisory Board in accordance with the requirements spelled out by the CPB and which would fulfill our compliance issues.  This statement was passed along via email prior to tonight’s meeting.  Matt asks that the word “Community” be changed to “Corporation” to correctly reflect the name.  A motion is made by Louis to accept the mission statement with the correction, Sheryl seconds and a vote to accept the mission statement for the CAB passes unanimously.

Policy Committee (bylaws):   Rich F agreed to talk with Al Lyons concerning the policy committee’s approach when beginning the task of revamping the station’s by-laws.   Al has not returned a call to Rich prior to this meeting.


Timetable to amend approved minutes:  Rich F begins a discussion concerning the idea of a timetable to amend the Board’s Minutes to accurately reflect additional information brought forth at a later Board meeting which might bring about a change in any member’s given opinion about a particular issue.  Discussion agrees that the Minutes are to reflect any discussion (except Closed Session) and that no timetable for amending the Minutes is required.

IT Committee Report – Rich F has sent the IT Committee Report around by email.

FY 2014 Budget

Cleveland states the upcoming fiscal year budget attempts to accomplish many things; hire a full- time Development Director, replace the heating/cooling unit by October, pay for a certified financial audit which is necessary for most grant writing.  The budget does not include income from Acoustic Roots Festival or the Firehouse Follies, and it does not take into account our decreasing credit card fees.  Health insurance costs have gone up due to the Affordable Care Act.  Computer expenses are reflected in “June” under computer supplies.  See the IT Report for specifics on upcoming computer purchases.  Money may be there for Youth Radio but it is not listed as income as yet.  Fund Drives brought in $1000 less in the fall but over $1200 this spring.  Joe Estivill and Brian Kearney have been working to get angel donors for the Development Director.  We are pursuing a Monroe County Health Grant through the Community Foundation to get the equipment we need for a call-in medical talk show.  Wages for the Development Director are set to begin in August.  The question is asked about where the physicality of a Development Director would be and Cleveland believes there are several space options at the station for this new hire.  The Brown County Hour contract reflects a rent increase of $100/month beginning in October.  We will need to purchase insurance to cover our equipment as this is not part of the rental agreement.   The BCH folks are writing a grant to present to the Brown County Community Foundation for additional equipment.   Rich R makes a motion to approve the FY 2014 budget, Sheryl seconds the motion and a unanimous vote passes the FY 2014-2015 budget.


Rich F withdraws his name from the upcoming ballot for Board membership.  Rich explains he has taken on a new job which initially did not involve that many hours but it is now going to require more of his time.  He states he is currently giving 40 hours a month to the station and has decided that he will continue to be involved as a Participating Member and attend meetings and agree to additional volunteer hours as his time will permit but not at the Board level.  Maria asks Rich to write a statement concerning his withdrawal from the ballot for the membership which can be attached to the Board minutes.

Joe thanks the outgoing Board members for their term of service and many hours of volunteerism to the Station.


9:19 p.m

WFHB’s Acoustic Roots Festival is this Saturday!

WFHB  announces the seventh annual Acoustic Roots Festival, to be held on Saturday, May 17th – hosted once again by Upland Brewing Company at 350 West 11th in Bloomington. Festival gates will open at 2:30pm, with music from 3pm-11pm.

WFHB’s Acoustic Roots Festival is a fundraiser for Bloomington Community Radio. The festival focuses on the rich heritage of American roots music and is a showcase for local and regional artists.

Indiana artists featured on the 2014 Acoustic Roots Festival line up are T.V. Mike and The Scarecrowes, Tim Grimm and Jan Lucas, White Lightning Boys, Indiana Boys, Lexi Len & The Strangers, Otto Mobile & The Moaners, The Underhills and Jacob Latham.

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE: 3pm-11pm (gate opens @ 2:30pm)

3:00pm: The Underhills

4:00pm: Jacob Latham

5:00pm: Lexi Len & The Strangers

6:00pm: Ottomobile

7:00pm: White Lightning Boys

8:00pm: Tim Grimm and Jan Lucas

9:00pm: Indiana Boys

10:00pm: TV Mike & The Scarecrowes

Admission to WFHB’s Acoustic Roots Festival is $20.00 ($15.00 in advance), with all proceeds after expenses supporting WFHB.

Advance tickets are available at WFHB, Bloomingfoods, Muddy Boots (Nashville, IN), Upland Brewing Company and the WFHB tent at Bloomington Farmer’s Market.

No coolers, please – Upland beer and food will be available on site, along with the Rush Hour Station food truck.

ARF 2014 has a Facebook event page:


ARF 2014 is featured in the latest WFHB Firehouse News:


More information about WFHB’s Acoustic Roots Festival is available

from Jim Manion, WFHB Music Director at 812-323-1200 or by email: music@wfhb.org.

WFHB’s 2014 Acoustic Roots Festival is sponsored by Bloomingfoods, Muddy Boots Café, Pine Room Tavern, Rush Hour Station, Downtown Bloomington, Inc., Vance Music and Karen Pitkin/REMAX Realty.

Board Minutes: April 28, 2014


Balance Sheet: March 2014

Profit & Loss: March 2014

Budget vs. Actual To-Date Fiscal Year 2013-2014


7:07 p.m.


Board members present: Joe Estivill, Carolyn VandeWiele, Richard Fish, Richard Reardin, Sheryl Mitchell, Matt Pierce, Maria McKinley, Cleveland Dietz

Absent: Louis Malone, Pam Davidson

Participating Members present: Darin Bagley, Reina Wong

Staff: Alycin Bektesh


Motion to approve was made by Rich R (April 9) via email and tonight seconded by Sheryl.

Adjournment time of last month’s meeting is agreed to be 10:00 p.m. Minutes are approved by unanimous vote. Richard F states he has comments and will discuss these at a later time.


Spring Fund Drive as of tonight has reached 96% of our goal, ($44265.74) with an additional $4,000 raised in day sponsorships (underwriting). The budget team will meet tomorrow at 6:00 p.m. (Cleveland, Joe, Sarah Borden). Joe invites board members to attend.

Cleveland anticipates a significant increase in health/vision/dental coverage, approximately $2035/month, and there are major purchases in our future: furnace, 2 new computers, a transmitter, digital equipment. MCPL, CATS, and WFHB: Renovations at the library have included space and phone lines for WFHB news volunteers; collaborating with CATS could make us eligible for more money from CPB; logistics still need to be discussed if there is to be a move to the library. Joe recommends we talk with volunteers who are involved with the news department before any decisions are made.

Development Director: Cleveland met with Meri Reinhold, the executive director at MCUM about her ideas for moving forward with our hiring of a development director. Meri tells us we could apply for a SPEA fellowship at a cost of $600 and receive a grad student for 10 hours/week/semester. The GM and DD could attend the IU School of Philanthropy courses although there is a cost for that. Scholarships are available from IU and if IU chips in, the MCCF could help with funds. Meri’s experience tells us we would need to offer $33K salary or share a DD with another organization so a DD could get full time work. Joe suggests we find another angel donor to bring the salary up.

Rich F has talked with Al Lyons outside of Al’s presentation last month and Rich says Al does not see that we need a DD and that it might cost us more in salary for a DD than the money we would be able to raise using a DD. Cleveland says Meri told him that it took a few years after they hired a DD but that it was worth it.

WFHB is a media sponsor for both the John Hartford Memorial Festival (in Bean Blossom) and GnawBrew, a craft beer festival in Gnaw Bone, as part of our on-going efforts to expand our base outside of Bloomington.

The station now has a Square account to take credit card payments at events. We are exploring ways to use it beyond plugging it into an iPhone or iPad, including web sales.

Acoustic Roots Festival has already recouped its production budget in sponsors. All tickets sales will be actual funds raised.

Johrdan Vicstein is moving to Indy and we’ve been talking about getting our updates done before he leaves.

Cleveland has reworded a statement from the employee’s handbook that allows the News Director to supervise the Assistant News Director. Richard F makes a motion to accept the new wording, Matt seconds the motion and it passes unanimously.


We are still waiting for $24K from the CPB grant and the $4K underwriting has not dropped into the account. As a result, the Budget does not reflect the $28K we are waiting for.

For next year, we expect wage expenses will be higher and insurance costs will be at least $24K.

We will close our GoDaddy account. On the Budget vs Actual spreadsheet: income lines are not where they should be because we are waiting on money as previously described above.


Policy Committee (bylaws need to be rewritten)

A flexible governing document will allow for the unpredictability of the future of technology. Joe suggests we start with 3-4 people who will look at the by-laws for obvious changes. An ad hoc committee is suggested and Rich F suggests we have Al Lyons look at the by-laws to see if there are some red flags of where we need to be more flexible or more structured. That could be a reasonable start before reconfiguring the entire document. Rich F will ask Al for his opinion.

Database for fundraising – tabled until we have a DD who can work with Cleveland and Pam on this project.

Board Operations Manual – committee to review the BOM with the idea of having this finished up by the June elections. Rich F and Cleveland agree to work on this. They will check with Louis and/or Joe to see if they are also available and Joe suggests we make an announcement on the BOD email for other volunteers.

Community Advisory Board

CPB requirements http://www.cpb.org/stations/certification/cert3.html

Composition: Board Secretary+ at least one other board member + up to seven non-board members

MISSION: (FROM STATION BYLAWS: Article Nine: Community Advisory Board)

The Board may select from the community at large an unspecified number of persons to serve on an advisory panel known as the Board of Advisors, for terms of one (1) year. These Advisors may be reappointed for such additional one (1) year terms as the Board may deem proper. The Advisors shall serve in an advisory capacity to the Board of Directors. Members of the Board of Advisors shall not be Staff Members. The Advisory Board Membership should reasonably reflect the diverse needs and interests of the community.

  • Jeb Conrad, Chamber of Commerce
  • John Whikehart, Deputy Mayor
  • Christian Freitag, Sycamore Land Trust
  • Jim Krause has agreed to join.

It is suggested we put together a mission statement that would describe the purpose of the CAB which would assist with recruitment. The CAB should ascertain local communities’ needs with regard to broadcasting and what needs WFHB could meet. In considering members, we need to include Ellettsville and Nashville residents; ask potential members from the Chambers and other civic-minded individuals. Matt suggests we use the language from the CPB requirements. Maria will look into this and send around a mission statement for approval.


NPAC – Alycin Bektesh discusses her plans for a News Summit for the month of June or July. She feels there needs to be some focused discussion and exploration of the future of news and public affairs programming. With the day to day operating challenges of the News and Public Affairs programs, it leaves no time to address creative, administrative, and technical issues. There could be a possible separation of the news and public affairs departments. It’s time to talk about how to use the MCPL facilities which are being offered and to plan for the future in terms of programming. SEE

Nominating Committee Procedures

Problems are discussed concerning the recent nominating committee’s role and procedures. Cleveland states it would be helpful to have written minutes from meetings of the nominating committee to keep everyone on track with decisions, deadlines, and other details. There appears to be no consistent nominating committee policies and this topic would be one to send on to the policy committee. Cleveland states as GM, he sees his role on the nominating committee as a conflict of interest because the Board is considered to be the GM’s “boss.” Current procedures that the Board agrees on are: petition nominated candidates must submit their petitions with 10 signatures to the nominating committee (Carolyn is chair) by May 8. Cleveland will send out an email on Spot-Online to remind the participating members the deadline for petition nominated candidates is approaching. The nominating committee will put together and mail out the candidates’ packets prior to the annual meeting.

BoD Code of Conduct – In keeping with the suggestions made by Al Lyons, the Board discusses putting together a Board of Director’s code of conduct prior to the installation of the new Board Members in June. Subjects should include a Board member’s behavior during meetings, as a public representative of WFHB, confidentiality, attendance, and ethics, but is not confined to these topics. Maria states she has spent several hours researching online the Code of Conduct (in a generalized setting) for non-profit Boards of Directors (why invent the wheel) but there has been too much of a disconnect between non-profit service orgs and a radio station. Cleveland mentions he has access to websites that are strictly communications/broadcasting sites and he could possibly run across our much-needed document already configured for another similar organization.

Firehouse Follies – Rich F mentions the Follies are considering raising their ticket prices from $5 to $10. He would like to have the Board’s input and there is a general consensus that $10 is a reasonable price for the quality of that unique live entertainment.


9:19 p.m.

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!”


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


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