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.
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.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.