WPFW Regular LSB Meeting
December 14, 2016
1990 K Street N.W. Washington, D.C.
Ellen Williams Carter Secretary
I. Call to order
At 6:45 pm a quorum was established. Olayimika Cole,
Chair, called the meeting to order at 6:45 pm.
II. Roll call
13 members were present at roll call: Tony Norman,
Eric Ramey, Maskeelah-Myrtle Washington, Ellen Williams Carter (non- voting), Louis Wolf, Donald Williams, Eileen Rosin,
Olayimika Cole, Nick Arena (non-voting), Martha Peterson, Meredith Cordisco, Sabooh Hakim, Jim Brown, Tony Leon
members Late: Arthur McCloud, Nancy Sorden, Gloria Turner, Cliff Smith, Campbell Johnson, Ron Pinchback
absences: JW Nightwolf, Christine Cotter, Vickie Mc Gill
Unexcused absences: Lona Alias, Marion Douglas-Ungaro Termed
The GM Jerry Paris was present.
The IPD Katea Stitt was absent.
Parliamentarian: John Tatum
Sergeant -at-Arms: Arthur McCloud
III. Approval of Agenda
Agenda amended: There was no
IV. Approval of the minutes
V. Management Reports Jerry Paris
The General Manager stated the following:
• WPFW is operating at reduced power. The transmitter switch is in
terrible shape. Contractors are needed to bring the transmitter down for repairs.
• We were able to negotiate with
the Union for 32 hour work week for paid staff. In addition, there are other issues that are being addressed regarding
• The treasurer and I negotiated with the landlord concerning the rent. He will not forgive the debt but
will defer the payments until October. In October, all the deferred payments are due.
• The Winter Fund drive
begins January 29 and ends February 18.
• We are looking for a new business manager.
• Programming will take place
to cover the inauguration. Pacifica’s Mitch Jeritch will be here for a month.
• On Monday a fundraiser will take
place at the station. A bass master class will take place.
Jim: Are there any producers for
inaugural coverage? What are the transmitter costs?
GM: Mitch Jeritch will produce programming for a month at WPFW.
Transmitter repairs should be under $20,000.
VI. PNB Reports
The 2014 Audit is completed now and
they are on working on the 2015 audit. Every Station is facing serious financial issues.
election has been certified. A recount will be a problem. The election supervisor will not be involved. The election
did have some issues.
The 2015 audit may be cheaper to complete.
there a discussion about advertising?
No real underwriting model. We have nothing in place.
Thanked the LSB members that termed out and terms ended for their service.
WPFW needs to address more Social Justice-issues; e.g., the Peace vigil.
Live @ 5
booking for show is Michael Vernon being paid?
GM: Michael Vernon is doing the booking for free now.
Concerned about the politics of the station.
He told us that the Chairman is in charge
and may let a speaker finish a sentence. In addition, he stated that Call for the orders of the day; Means let’s get
back to the issue.
VIII. Finance Report by Treasurer
He submitted a report.
The treasurer and GM negotiated
with the landlord concerning the rent. He will not forgive the debt but will defer the payments until October. The
agreement: The past due rent payments which are approximately $78,000 will be paid back over 6 months starting Oct. 1,
2017. No payments will be required on the deferred rent (approx. $4,000 per month) from Dec'16 thru Sep'17. The
treasurer recommended that an escrow account be established for the rent.
IX. Outreach and Development
Gloria Turner gave a report on the U Street Jam. Gross ticket sales were $11,174. The net profit was
X. MASC Committee
He submitted a report.
A final public report was submitted by Tony Leon, chair of
the committee. He proposed a motion; however, he withdrew it until the Committee approves the motion.
No report was made.
Recess 9:10 Regular meeting
Reconvened 9:20- For election of
Chair – Robert Simms by acclimation
Vice Chair – Louis Wolf
Louis Wolf 10 votes
Meredith Cordisco 8 votes
Treasurer – Nick Arena - by acclimation
Secretary – Ellen Williams Carter - by
Motion to adjourn: There was no objection.
Robb Simms adjourned the regular
meeting at 10:05pm
Meeting adjourned at 10:05pm
Minutes submitted by: Ellen Williams Carter Secretary of the