WPFW Regular LSB Meeting
September 13, 2017
1990 K Street N.W. Washington, D.C.
Robert Simms, Chair
Williams Carter Secretary
I. Call to order
At 6:45 pm a quorum was established. Robert Simms called the meeting to
order at 6:45 pm.
II. Roll call
18 Members were present at roll call: Robert Simms, Maskeelah-Myrtle Washington,
Ellen Williams Carter (non- voting), Louis Wolf, Nick Arena (non-voting), Jim Brown, Julie Hewitt, Benito Diaz, Cliff
Smith, Nancy Sorden, Meredith Cordisco, Martha Peterson, Ron Pinchback, Sabooh Hakim, Gloria Turner, Vickie McGill, Eric
Ramey, JW Nightwolf, Donald Williams
1 Members Late: Campbell Johnson,
3 Excused absence: Christine Cotter, Tony
Leon, Lona Alias,
The GM Jerry Paris was present.
The IPD Katea Stitt was present.
Timekeeper: Meredith
III. Approval of Agenda – agenda was amended and approved
Agenda Approved
IV. Approval of the
The August 9, 2017 regular meeting minutes were approved.
Minutes Approved
V. Management
The General Manager, Jerry Paris:
He was working on the broadcast of the Dick Gregory Home going. He
stated that Ralph Nader has agreed to do a program on WPFW.
The Interim Program Director Report:
The Mini-Fund
drive was successful we went over the $75,000. goal. The Next drive will begin in October. Our recently hired engineers
are Robin Smith and Sierra Shine. WPFW produced a National broadcast after Charlottesville, VA protests. There will be
special programming on Labor Day. We are working hard to get gifts to donors. We will sponsor a fundraiser with Goethe
Institute and the D. C. library. It will be a ‘80’s Halloween Party on a Saturday in October. Trying to get the food
and drink donated.
VI. Committee Reports
1. Finance Report by Treasurer - submitted a written report
Nick Arena
stated the following:
Nancy Sorden, Eileen Rosin and Nick Arena are preparing the fiscal year 2018 budget report. We
are current in our payments for August. The current bank balance is short by over $40,000. to be able to pay September
bills. The rent payment amounts will increase from October to March. In April it will return to approximately $14, 958.
LSB members will be calling WPFW donors for unfulfilled pledges/donations.
2. PNB Reports
Benito Diaz stated that
court date for WBAI is on October the 4th. Nancy Sorden stated that the Pacifica archives thumb drive was doing well.
They plan to create more from the archives. The 2015 audit has been completed.
3. Program Committee – submitted a
written report
The Program Committee continues to contact PNB members about the grid.
4. Outreach and
The Run/Walk has been named the Dick Gregory Walk for your health. Children under three are admitted for
free. Martha asked for a donation of $32.99. for the medals that they will present to winners. Nancy Sorden said she
would donate the $32.99. Gloria Turner said that the U street Jam will be part of drive in November and tickets are $35.
The Spring Fling raised approximately $1,700 and the Blues Festival raised $3, 249.
5. MASC report
Nothing to
VII. Community Comment
Tom Radley said that he enjoys the programming at WPFW. He said that we need to
reinitiate CFC (Combined Federal Campaign). Mr. Tatum said he was glad to be back. Jim Brown (community person) wants to
get people to go to Dick Gregory’s funeral. Robin Smith (WPFW engineer) made a comment that there are way over 50,000
downloads of the Public Affairs programs. Robin also stated that the podcasts have been a great outreach tool. He said
we need to bolster our YouTube presentation by 25% growth.
VIII. New Business
A motion was presented regarding
the new engineer Robin Smith’s initiative:
I move that we support Robin Smith’s initiative to make progress reports
of the 25 public affairs shows on WPFW the 1st of every three months. Indicating the total subscribers with a bar graph
per show.
The vote was Unanimous in favor of the motion.
IX. Adjourn Regular Meeting at 8:49 pm
X. Executive
Session 8:54 pm reconvened
The executive session relates to proprietary information.
XI. Adjournment
Motion to
adjourn: There was no objection.
Robb Simms adjourned the regular meeting at 9:46 pm
Meeting adjourned at 9:46
Minutes submitted by: Ellen Williams Carter