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News and Public Affairs Committee minutes – September 17, 2015

Meeting called to order at 7:07 PM

Present: Sarah Ryterband, Linda Greene, Maria McKinley, Joe Crawford

Absent: Cynthia Roberts-Hall

Minutes assigned: Sarah Ryterband

Committee Comment: NPA #1 & 2 in mentions in recent fund drive (FFD15) – 3 of top 4 reasons for donating to WFHB.

New Business:

David Pakman show – rejected by members for inclusion in line-up.

NPAC membership: still looking for new members – SR will request list of non-volunteer donors to NPA in FFD15. Some names of volunteers were offered as well.

NPA handbook/manual: Priority for NPAC is culling of policies for NPA volunteers, for awareness and accessibility.

Director’s Report:

FFD15: Thanks to NPAC for helping with NPA pitching. Will focus less on 5-5:30 shift and prioritize filling Democracy Now pitching shifts.

Quarterly WFHB member meeting to be held on 10/3.

Show updates: BloomingOUT has shown improvements. Next month: hosts of Better Beware, Ins and Outs of Money, and Hola Bloomington.

J460 class is approved for the Spring Semester, so there will be additional students in the station. Joe is currently working with the Banneker Center Project.

Committee Comment: Hola didn’t seem to pitch (note: Follow-up showed pitches were extremely abbreviated.)

LG asked what happened to Porch Swing. A discussion of storytelling and possibilities for the future ensued.

Draft minutes were approved by members at the conclusion of the meeting.

Meeting adjourned at 8:30 PM

Submitted after final approval on 9/24/17 by S. Ryterband.

News and Public Affairs Committee minutes – June 18, 2015

NPAC Minutes

June 18, 2015

Meeting called to order 7:04 PM

In attendance: Sarah Ryterband, Joe Crawford, Maria McKinley, and Cynthia Roberts-Hall.

Committee Comment: Sarah suggested that she will work on getting new committee members during this next month and wants to record a request to listeners. Joe says he will help with the recruitment.

Director’s Report:

Joe stated that it was summed up in his report at the Annual Meeting at the beginning of the month. Otherwise, the new sound board is installed and is being test-run as we meet.

Also a Memorandum of Understanding with CATS is overdue,  as well as the verbal understanding being out-dated. There are details that Joe is acutely aware of because he regularly worked with the CATS personnel since he produced CATS week when he was the Assistant News Director. Maria and Sarah offered to speak with the GM about this.

Next Reviews: Interchange, Books Unbound, and Voices in the Street. We shall see the producers in July and do the reviews of the shows in August.

New Business: The need for a NPA Code of Ethics (CoE) became apparent again in the last month. As the meeting progressed, NPAC members recognized the need to refocus attention on a NPA Handbook which would contain the CoE as well as job descriptions for NPA personnel, so that expectations would be very clear.

Show Reviews:

Bring it On and BloomingOUT both received Yellow Lights and will be reviewed again in 6 months, following lengthy discussions of both programs. Specific concrete suggestions for both shows were delineated. Joe will be speaking with the producers.

The discussion of the programs led to a suggestion for interview training, which we believe would benefit many of our programs. We learned there is also a request for training in news writing from some volunteer staff.

Meeting was adjourned at 8:30 PM.

Minutes were read and approved by the members.

Respectfully submitted,

Sarah Ryterband

Firehouse Follies – “Men In Mauve”


ARE THERE ALIENS IN BLOOMINGTON? WFHB’s Firehouse Follies Spring show, “Men in Mauve,” will take a good, hard look at this question.

David Olney

david_olney_webMaster craftsman, acclaimed singer/songwriter and globe-trotting performer David Olney has released 20 albums over four decades, including six live recordings. His music has been prominently featured in ABC-TV’s Nashville and he stellar songs have been recorded by Emmylou Harris, Linda Ronstadt, Del McCoury, Tim O’Brien and Steve Young, among many others.

Colonel Kelsey’s 70th Birthday Acknowledgement Party

WFHB invites you to join Col. Mike Kelsey and some of his friends at a 70th birthday acknowledgment party, to be held from 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday, March 29, at the Players Pub. This celebration of original, independent music features the Chicago jazz group Merge, Kalamazoo singer/songwriter and instrumentalist Joel Mabus, Tim Grimm, and the Nashville, Tennessee, duo Jeni & Billy. All proceeds go to original and independent WFHB community radio, which has helped keep Col. Kelsey off the streets for on to 20 years and counting.

The Third Greatest Mardi Gras on the Face of the Earth

Come party Mardi with WFHB Community Radio and The Players Pub, beginning at 4PM and going until late in the evening.

News and Public Affairs Committee Minutes – January 15, 2015

Maria called mtg to order 7:05pm.

Present: Sarah Ryterband, Maria McKinley, Cynthia Roberts-Hall, Alycin Bektesh and Joe Crawford.

During comment period Sarah raised her disappointment with lack of substance in recent Bring It On! episodes. Alycin says there has been a little more response from Clarence Boone than in the past re: Bring It On! Alycin also spoke of her mediation with Clarence supervised by William Morris. Also of the need to prep someone to step into Clarence’s role with a better handle on advance program planning.

Maria addressed the need to update promos and intros.

Director report: Joe is now News Director with his promotion. A search will ensue for his replacement to the half-time staff position. Joe’s role is to cover news while the new hire will handle public affairs. Alycin will be involved from afar to cover until the position vacated by Joe is filled.

There will be a joyous community party Feb 12 to celebrate these positive changes and bid Alycin farewell. We extended our sincere thanks for all her hard work and being a wise director during her tenure.

NPAC needs new members: one at large and one or two to representing News. Suggested names include Jim Sims and Scott Weddle.

A change of role for NPAC members is to be a strong voice for change, and to create department guidelines drawing from News Summit outcome. Review mechanism will be revised, and programs will get a simultaneous annual review. Need to decide best way to evaluate programs.

The current pattern of having short segments that appear on DLN eventually develop into free standing programs seems effective. It works like a pilot and is a good way to assess them.

Plans to switch to an hour of community news with magazine format at noon and move the second airing of Democracy Now! to 5pm needs our support

CATS relationship in limbo as it continues to be a valuable source of funds but comes with constraints.

Comment by Cynthia re: the reduced calendar reads by DJs. She and Marti Crouch liked the old way it was done. “Keep radio like radio.”

Adjournment at 8:13pm.

Local Live – Adult Tooth


Adult Tooth, consisting of local songwriter Dan Stevenson paired up with Andy Shaw (in his last Bloomington performance), debut a few tunes from their upcoming release Actual Hell.

1. Four Seasons
2. Robert’s Western World
3. Actual Hell
4. Memorial Day
5. Nova Scotia

Local Live was recorded and engineered by Jim Lang
Produced by Nicole O’Neal
Post-production by Jar
Executive Producer is Jim Manion

Strategic Planning Documents Online!


WFHB Strategic Plan Gains Board Approval

WFHB is proud to announce the completion of a Strategic Plan that will guide the station’s growth over the next 3-5 years.  The completion of the plan is the culmination of a process that has been going on for over a year and involved research into best practices, input from stakeholders including a public survey and a public forum, and the creation of six task forces to design action plans to carry out our strategic objectives.  The Strategic Plan went to our Board of Directors for final approval on January 28, 2013.

Station staff have created an online repository for documents, dates, and other information related to the strategic planning process – see the attachments to this post.

“Strategic planning” refers to a rigorous collaborative process used to reveal the strengths and weaknesses of an organization, examine its mission, gather input on where key stakeholders want the organization to go, and provide a blueprint on how to get there.


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