WPFW Regular LSB Meeting
August 8, 2018
Tenley-Friendship Neighborhood Library 4450 Wisconsin
Washington, D.C. 20016
Robert Simms, Chair
Ellen Williams Carter Secretary
I. Call to
At 6:40 pm a quorum was established. Robert Simms chair called the meeting to order at 6:40 pm.
13 - Members were present at roll call: Maskeelah-Myrtle Washington, Ellen Williams Carter,
Benito Diaz, Donald Williams, , Sabooh Hakim, Meredith Cordisco, Vicki McGill, Robert Simms, Nick Arena, Jim Brown,
Campbell Johnson, Eileen Rosin
8 - Excused Absences: Cliff Smith, Julie Hewitt, Nancy Sorden, Tony Leon, Gloria
Turner, Ron Pinchback, Martha Peterson, Eric Ramey
3 - Unexcused: Jay Winter Nightwolf, Lona Alias, Christine
Cotter, There were no resignations/removals.
The GM Jerry Paris was present. The IPD Katea Stitt was not
Timekeeper: Meredith Cordisco
III. Approval of Agenda
The Agenda was approved.
of the minutes
The July 11, 2018 WPFW LSB regular meeting minutes were reviewed and approved.
The General Manager, Jerry Paris stated the following:
-The Pledge Drive is doing well. We have
$49,504 so far which is 33% of the funds needed to reach our goal.
-The additional transmitter costs were covered
by major donors. The balance needed is $25,000. There is a request for a matching grant of $25,000.
outstanding central service bill will be paid with the August drive Funds. The Preproduction mixer has failed. We paid
$1200 for a new mixer system.
-On Sunday, during the Alt-Right march, WPFW will have reporters embedded at the
march. The station will do 5 minutes reports on the air.
-We are reviewing news personnel and news programming.
VI. Finance Report
The Treasurer, Nick Arena’s report stated the following:
The bank Balance as of
7/31/18 was approximately $56,000 with payroll and bills current except for Central Services, health insurance and other
long term payables. Cash flow will be very difficult until the Fall Pledge Drive. Off air fundraising efforts are
needed. An August on air Mini Drive started August 4.
Budget Revenue and Expense Updates:
Campaign needs to begin with mailing to donors and make follow up calls and meetings. This needs staff and volunteers
-Peer Fundraising/Friends and Family donations - are trying to build a team for December.
- Grant: Stroke minute and Public Welfare Foundation. Christine Cotter is assisting with grant writing, and other
assistance is needed.
-Need assistance with Live@5 Studio rental, equipment sales and other off air
- FY2019 Budget process has begun with a group working with staff to complete.
Due to audit
and tax return work by the Pacifica National Office accounting staff, updated financial statements are not yet
available. A rough draft of Year to Date versus Budget was provided for the LSB.
VII. Community Comment
Brown an activist in the community stated that WPFW should cover the Alt-Right march. The GM responded that WPFW will
have reporters embedded at the march. The station will do 5 minute reports on the air. Mr. Brown also stated that a
public affairs program should cover the peace vigil and the individuals who are there in front of the White House.
Tony Norman stated that we should recognize Gloria Minott’s contributions to the station. The GM responded that
there is a PSA recognizing Gloria Minott contributions to the station.
VIII. PNB Report
-Benito Diaz stated:
- IED is has hired an election supervisor
-IED search personnel is in the process of interviewing 3 people.
-The PNB chair said the process conforms to the contract.
-The PNB wants to hire a National program director.
IX. Programming Committee
Jerry Paris has met with the Program Committee.
They discussed Resolution Rules
and Responsibility of Programmers. Some recommendations will be made. Jerry Paris provided a list of new programs and
X. MASC Committee
Jim Brown stated they are close to the point of giving information. In
addition, he stated that an add has been placed on the WPFW website and in the current newspaper.
XI. Outreach and
-The Blues Festival will take place on August 11, 2018 at Lamont’s Place. The admission cost is $25.
Blues musicians are performing for free.
Tony Leon requested funds from the LSB for advertisement.
Gregory 5K walk/Run will take place on October 13, 2018 and the rain date is the 14th.
XII. New Business
submitted by Meredith Cordisco
I move in light of Cliff Smith’s injury and time needed for recovery, for purposes
of obtaining quorum for the LSB meetings, Cliff’s position is considered temporarily inactive until he is able to
return. Therefore during this interim period, until Cliff returns as an active LSB member, quorum for LSB meetings will
be reached with 12 LSB members.
XIII. Adjourn Meeting at 8:00 pm
Motion to adjourn: There
was no objection.
Chair Robb Simms adjourned the regular meeting at 8:00pm
Minutes submitted by: Ellen Williams