WFHB Bloomington Community Radio
Annual Volunteer Meeting, June 7, 2014
Monroe County Historical Society Conference Room
The annual volunteer meeting of WFHB Community Radio is called to order at 12:27 p.m. by General Manager Cleveland Dietz. The number of participating members present is 54 with an additional 29 represented in absentia for a total of 83 participating members in attendance. According to the station’s bylaws, 34 participating members need to be present for a quorum based on the percentage of total members. These numbers are provided by Carolyn VandeWiele who is tracking attendance and will be counting votes. A quorum is established at the 2014 annual meeting.
Cleveland thanks everyone for their attendance today and also their level of engagement at the station this past year. He states each Board candidate will be given three minutes to make a statement and then questions will be taken if directed to a particular candidate. He asks Markus Lowe to begin.
Markus Lowe: I’ve been a long time volunteer and a former general manager. I work in IT support at Cook Medical which is really a customer service job. This is how I come to the Board. How can I help? How can we make it better? I look forward to engaging volunteers on that level of participation. I want to be a representative for the volunteers, to be a voice for the volunteers. I will be an active advocate for positive change and a voice for the volunteers.
William Morris: You know me as Brother William - I came to WFHB 5 years ago. I work with international students at IU and was looking for places to have these students volunteer. I started volunteering as a desk jockey. The station means a lot to me. I treat my volunteering as a job, like a wonderful job. I would take my duties as a Board director as a job, being accountable. I am an encourager and I believe in the station, in volunteering, in inclusiveness. I will give the station the best three years of my life.
Maryll Jones: I am no longer involved with the Friends of WFHB. I am a recording analyst for Pearson Education. My biggest strength has been establishing better customer relations when people come for support issues. I have been able to establish a rapport with customers that didn’t exist before. I would like to utilize those skills in this role as a Board member. It would be a huge mistake if Markus Lowe and Kelly Wherley were not put in their positions.
Benjamin Loudermilk: I am a Bloomington native. I work in the public school system as an educator at North High School. My wife is a teacher at University Elementary and my kids are students at MCCSC. I have been involved with the arts community for over 30 years. I’m an IU alumnus. I’m excited for the opportunity to be on the Board. WFHB is part of the community and part of the arts community.
Kelly Wherley: (out of town, Cathi Norton reads his statement which are excerpts from his bio) I have volunteered for WFHB for over ten years, as a DLN anchor, as a producer for Voices in the Street and am now the volunteer coordinator since 2011. I’m seeking election to the Board of Directors because I care about the station. 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.
Questions from the audience to specific candidates:
For Brother William: With over 200 volunteers, we’re not all the same. If a change was going to be made, could we tailor the volunteer tasks, can we fine tune the volunteerism business? I’ve sent a lot of younger people to the station to volunteer and they have a different interest in the station than I do. I wonder if there is a way of accountability, to create teams of volunteers to work together that have the same interests instead of such a large group.
For Benjamin: What do you see yourself doing for the station? I think fundraising specifically. I would be excited to work through that process. And facilities management is a traditional fit where I could also help out.
For Brother Morris: What would be your way of reaching out to the IU campus when the students come back in August? Interviewing freshman students as they come onto campus. Can we give out some of those free CDs? Set up a table, have informational booklets, send that around the community. We can do a better job of getting WFHB on the minds of those students. An ad in the paper.
For Markus: How can you reach out to the volunteers who do not come to the volunteer meetings? Participation. If you want to be heard and your input received and respected, please participate, speak up.
Cleveland reminds the PMs, that, at this time, if you have not signed in, please do so at the back table and pick up a ballot. We’ll go ahead and vote now. We will proceed with the regular meeting and will interrupt when they’re done counting.
Board President Joe Estivill Board Report:
Thank you for your attendance today and thank you to all the volunteers. We have an incredible News Department and Music Department. Thank you to all the people who work on the committees that make the decisions that affect our organization. We have 3 Board members moving on: Richard Fish, Carolyn VandeWiele, and Matt Pierce. Thank you to all of you for your service.
About the Development Director, this is someone who’s job will be to develop our fundraising base. The job is posted, interviews will start in July and hopefully we will have them on board in August. We have found three angel donors to donate $5,000 each for 2 years of support. Please forward to us the names of other donors you think would help with this type of support.
It’s going to be a big year here at the station. There is new energy, we’re working toward our strategic plan, part of which is hiring a new Development Director. We would like to have more social events so our participating members can get together, can get to know each other better.
Financial report from Cleveland Dietz:
Fiscal year 2013, we made $255,000 - $103,000 came from membership donations, $75,000 from grants, underwriting brought in $47,000, $16,000 from special events, CATS $10,000 and $3,000 came in randomly throughout the year. We also spent $255,000 so we pretty much broke even. For expenses: wages are a little more than half our budget, then health insurance and property insurance, workmen’s comp which covers all of you. Other expenses come from fundraising, programming, supplies, utilities, and special events.
I’m excited about getting a Development Director. We’ve been stagnating in terms of revenue for the last five years, hovering around $250,000. Clearly we need help to get over that hump somehow A Development Director will be of significant help. The good news is that over the last 5 years, we’ve spent about the same.
Our CPB (Corporation for Public Broadcasting) grant – it’s a government grant that supplies a little less than 1/3 of our total revenue. It’s a significant grant which we rely on and it’s going to be getting a little harder each year to get that money from the government.
We want this year to be an investment year to get us over the $300,000 hump (revenue). We’re planning our first WFHB independent audit from a third party. This is good practice but also a really common question when pursuing grants. A Development Director will provide us an individual who is a constant presence that can follow up with leads and contacts and give us some underwriting stability.
You’ll be glad to know that the furnace and air conditioning unit will be replaced this week and it should be 25% more efficient than what we currently had.
Looking forward, we have an ambitious budget but it allows us to be flexible.
We will be posting on the website my GM reports and the finance reports each month as part of the Board Minutes.
General Manager Cleveland Dietz:
Looking back over this past year, we’ve made some serious efforts on the Board of Directors front. We have drafted a Board of Directors Handbook. There is a Board of Directors Commitment Form we’ve worked on and was just voted and approved at the last Board meeting. We filled the remaining three seats on the Board in January so we’re back up to nine Board members.
We’ve made communication changes with the help of Markus and Kelly by re- instituting the volunteer monthly meetings that provide an outlet for volunteer voices, and we’ve seen the launch of our new quarterly eNewsletter. We’re into the final launch of our new website design. Board and committee meeting minutes are being posted on the website and soon, our financial reports will also be posted as a public display for what WFHB is doing and how we are spending our money.
We partnered with a SPEA class to write a grant proposing a new health show to replace Zorba. We are still looking for angel donors to support the new Development Director. Having a Development Director will provide us with significant progress on regular grant writing. SPEA offers a fellowship program which would give us a 10 hour/week IU student at no cost to us once we employ a professional Development Director. The new Development Director will give us a constant presence with underwriting sales. We’ll have better management and use of our donor database and we’ll be able to provide consistent promotion and outreach.
We will be adding upgrades to our facilities this next week – HVAC replacement including AC, and significant technical upgrades for the Internet and the network.
We will be initiating an independent audit from a third party accounting firm. This is a good practice and it’s been too long since this has happened. This also better enables us to pursue grants.
Music Director Jim Manion:
(Jim reads the names of all 90 volunteer DJs).
Thank you DJs! Special thanks to all who sub for their fellow DJs! Thanks to all genre directors and CD reviewers. Thanks to the desk jockeys who open the mail daily.
Thank you Acoustic Roots Festival volunteers!
Hondo Thompson, Rick Fettig, Sarah Ryterband , Mike McAfee Jim Manion, Kelsey Lynn Wagoner, Dan Withered, Reina Wong, Erin Tobey, Ryder Timberlake, Joe Crawford, William Morris, Kelly Kish, Reina Wong, Linda Cajigas, Darin Bagley, Dan Young, Kathy Romy, WFHB MC: Hondo Thompson; Festival Income Manager: Emily Jackson (cash); Cleveland Dietz (online); Merch Area Manager: Catherine Anders; Shift Volunteer Coordinator: Sheryl Mitchell; Recording Manager: Jim Lang; Volunteer Coordinator: Kelly Wherley; Green Room Manager: Tracy Johnson
The latest edition of our DJ guidelines is ready along with the annual DJ contract which needs to be signed. Copies will be available at the Station and for those who are not here today, they will receive them digitally. These contracts are due back to me. They need to be filled out and signed as part of our FCC and federal guidelines.
Besides the constant adventure of daily operations…. Since last June… Lotus CD 3 was completed with the help of Michael McDowell. Lotus 2014 brought us an unprecedented 11 Lotus Live sessions, great back line and engineering. All sessions were posted to the website. Local Live CD 4 was completed with the help of Nicole O’Neal.
There was quite a contentious period last fall and thanks to all, the air time remained positive. We don’t put our dirty laundry on the air. I attended 2 powerhouse conferences this year – South by Southwest which has good potential for a live show here; And the WXPN Non-Comm meeting.
Looking ahead: Lotus CD 4 is in production, Adriane Pontecorvo as co- producer.
I am producing a split benefit for WFHB and Community Kitchen to be held on July 18th at the Bluebird called, “Tim and Jim’s Most Excellent Birthday Party.” Come on out and help us celebrate our birthdays.
This summer’s Library Project – we’ll be doing serious purging and maintenance in the WFHB Music Library. This is way overdue. We can use some help with this.
Fall Fund Drive 2014 and Lotus 2014 are coming up.
A technical goal: Find the best way to time-shift 2 hr mp3 recordings of all WFHB Music programs, available to stream for 2 weeks at program schedule page of the website. I heard talk at the meeting about on-air tip jars which brings in $2,000 to $3,000 for some stations. We should look into this.
A few overall comments: huge outpouring of support last fall, seems like we had a lot of bad weather friends, you know, the ones who show up in bad times, but – we need you every day. I would like to see more engagement and less email flame wars and more of an appreciation for our daily station operations. “I don’t care about the station, I only care about my show.” I’ve heard that some DJs have said this. But without the station, they wouldn’t have a show. We need to improve the general lack of understanding and appreciation of the environment of daily broadcast operations. Better advance planning is needed while maintaining spontaneous air sound qualities.
I am looking forward to how our efforts will be supported by a full-time Development Director, which I think is an important priority. I hope this includes a hard look at our HR policies and finding ways to improve the employment environment at WFHB.
Next week is our Firehouse fundraiser at the Back Door.
News Department Alycin Bektesh:
Today, I’m also talking on behalf of Joe Crawford, the assistant News Director, and Jar Turner who works for the whole station. Jar posts to the website all of the shows to get beyond their live broadcast times. I want to thank them for all their hard work this past year. Last year: Brown County Hour, Bloomington Beware, The Porch Swing and Books Unbound – all came under the News Department. These shows are all doing better than ever. Taking on those four additional shows have added an extra load but I’m proud as these shows are at the top of their game. Brown County Hour is monthly and doing well. Bloomington Beware has a staff of three writers who are getting their show “in” a week ahead of time. The Porch Swing is on summer break. We had two great events at The Bishop and we’ll be setting up a booth for 1st Friday gallery walks, inviting people to stop by to tell a story. Books Unbound is now an hour long show on every Sunday. It’s hard to get engaged in the reading when it’s a 30 minute show with all the commercial and announcement breaks so the hour format works much better. PRX picks up this show more often than any other show we produce.
We were winners at the Indiana SPJ Awards again – for best newscast, best breaking news (Todd Young and climate change), best continuing coverage (shelter and homelessness in Bloomington, no low barrier summer shelter for substance abuse users), best public affairs (Trayvon Martin discussion on Bring It On), best documentary (Hoagy Carmichael special on Interchange).
About the new website & camera – love it! The video camera allows us to distribute our content in another format. The website is awesome. Now, you can “pin” it, “like” it, “love” it, “share” it, watch it, read it, and listen to it. You need to share WFHB programming. Use social media to get the word out about our amazing product.
Looking Forward: The News Summit will be held during all of July. I have lots of ideas like how to get more exposure on campus, recruitment and training. Are we representing our community? There is not any time to evaluate the shows while we’re still producing them so we needed to suspend all 20 NPA shows. We will answer the questions “what do we want to do and how can we do it best?”
A committee has been meeting to plan the organization of the Summit and what we want to happen during the Summit. Week 1 will be about introductions and to gather information; Week 2 will be our brainstorming week; Week 3 we’ll be discussing the practicalities of the ideas we talked about the previous week; Week 4 we’ll start the “doing”, the implementation of the ideas. Going forward, the News Summit can be a week long project that we implement each year to evaluate ourselves.
News Department: Legacy Award - Lucille Bertuccio
News Rookie of the year - Doug Storm
Newshound of the year – Drew Daudelin
Music Department: Distinguished Service Award – Mike Kelsey
Legacy Award – Nicole O’Neal
DJ of the year - Liza Pavelich
Genre of the year – Cathi Norton
Board Member of the year - Joe Estivill
Volunteer of the year - Dan Withered
Congratulations to the new Board Members: William Morris, Markus Lowe, Kelly Wherley
When are we going to get a new digital Board?
Cleveland: One of my goals with the Raymond Foundation Grant is to engage Harmony School students and to connect them with Industry Standard Equipment
Markus: Reminder, the 2nd Friday of the month: 6-10 pm at the BackDoor (volunteer meetings are held from 6-7 pm)
Richard Fish: We’ll be running some new wiring at the station – I’m on the IT committee, next Saturday, June 14th, we could use volunteers to help with this project.
Alycin: Volunteers are needed to moderate discussions during News Summit.
Have you come up with a method to log in volunteer hours:
Cleveland: The volunteer committee has worked to come up with a solution as to how to log in volunteer hours. We’re going to place a laptop in the lobby that has a spreadsheet to log in your hours. You can also log in your time remotely.
On Sunday mornings, I would like to have a little less “live” reads. And can we take a look at how we do our regularly scheduled items, i.e. calendar, PSAs?
Cleveland: We can take a look at that towards the end of the year.
Can we change the wording from the underwriting scripts as there can be awkward phrasing and word choices?
Cleveland: Let me know if you’re having a problem so I can take a look at it and possibly fix it.
Nicole O’Neal thanks everyone for helping her throughout her time at the station.
Joe Estivill asks for a round of applause for our new GM Cleveland Dietz.
A volunteer asks for a round of applause for the awesome WFHB staff.
The June 2014 annual meeting ends at 2:15 pm.