WPFW Regular LSB Meeting
October 10, 2018
1990 K Street N.W. Washington, D.C.
Ellen Williams Carter Secretary
I. Call to order
At 6:40 pm a quorum was established. Robert Simms chair
called the meeting to order at 6:30 pm.
II. Roll call
17 - Members were present at roll call: Maskeelah-Myrtle
Washington, Ellen Williams Carter, Benito Diaz, Donald Williams, Robert Simms, Nick Arena, Eileen Rosin, Jay Winter
Nightwolf, Julie Hewitt, Martha Peterson, Eric Ramey, Jim Brown, Meredith Cordisco, Sabooh Hakim, Ron Pinchback, Gloria
Turner, Louis Wolf
4 - Excused Absences: Cliff Smith, Vicki McGill, Tony Leon, Nancy Sorden
3 - Unexcused:
Christine Cotter, Lona Alias, Campbell Johnson
There were no resignations/removals.
The GM Jerry Paris was
present. The IPD Katea Stitt was absent.
Timekeeper: Meredith Cordisco
Sergeant at Arms: J Winter
III. Approval of Agenda
The Agenda was approved.
IV. Approval of the Minutes
The September 12,
2018 WPFW LSB regular meeting minutes were reviewed and approved.
V. Management Reports
The General Manager, Jerry
Paris stated the following:
- IPD will arrive at 7:00pm.
-Gloria Turner had the WPFW station carpet cleaned.
-The Fall Pledge Drive begins on October 14, 2018 and ends on November 3, 2018. The Goal for this drive is $350.
-After pledge drive, construction begins on the transmitter project. Presently, there is a an additio runs with
American University. 60 years of neglect. There are items in the contract that need to be negotiated.
Have off air
Arena stage play ticket sales are slow.
NEW ED Maxie Jackson
Arbitration with the
Tickets are offered to programmers at cost will be on will call
He will let us know
5 k run/walk ? Jerry said it was a group effort not to charge for the 5 k walk run
Benito questioned about the 5k
Katea Stitt was here
Joni run walk –
She is working on getting the premiums out
– 25,000 -100,000
Producing Julian MalVaux and Askia muhamad will produce election programming
____________________________________________________________________________VI. Finance Report
Nick Arena’s report stated the following:
The bank Balance as of 8/31/18 was approximately $86,000 with payroll and
bills current except long term payables. The August mini drive was a success with over $156,000 raised. Cash flow will
be very difficult until the Fall Pledge Drive.
Budget Revenue and Expense Updates:
needs to begin with mailing to donors and make follow up calls and meetings. This needs staff and volunteers support.
-Need assistance with Live@5 Studio rental, equipment sales and other off air fundraising efforts.
- 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
He reviewed a Parliamentary
Community person Dara –
She is a fan of WPFW.
Stated we need to improve our
internet website to generate more funds. He is willing to help.
VIII. PNB Report
Benito Diaz stated:
election will take place. The PNB voted to have elections. Tentative timeline for the election is the end of the year.
PNB voted to approve new ED. The PNB formed an administrative committee to oversee management of Pacifica's pension
plans, and appointed two plan trustees.
Tony Leon stated:
PNB Strategic Planning Committee
The PNB Strategic
Planning Committee has been discussing the various aspects pertaining to a Pacifica underwriting policy. The IED Tom
Livingston summarized a slideshow study in which he stated:
1. "essentially every public and community radio
station does underwriting. For example, WDIY in Bethlehem Pennsylvania, a community radio station with a governance
structure a lot like Pacifica's, and a potential audience of 800,000 gets more than $200k of its $600k budget from
underwriting, and as of 2006 or so was getting more than half..."
2. recently he goes on to list the most
important commandments of underwriting. Which are no: 1. calls to action. 2. price information. 3. inducements to buy,
sell, lease or rent. 4. qualitative or comparative description.
3. Tom projected that if we could raise
$200k at each of our stations, it would be enough to replace the CPB money we may or may not be able to get back
4. If Pacifica could get $1million aggregate at the five stations and get the $1million back from CPB
it would be a lot closer to sustainability and go a long way toward having a stream of money that could fund the loan
A motion passed in the committee to authorize the IED to formalize the structure of the Pacifica Affiliates
Program by taking the necessary steps to treat it as a separate business unit with its own budget and its own staff
separate from the National office staff.
National Finance Committee (NFC)
The NFC passed a motion recommending
that the PNB direct the IED/ED to direct each unit to prioritize NETA* interactions, and that each unit should report on
said work in progress, or explain why said work is being delayed within four days. NFC is also tracking 2019 budget
process for the network.
* (NETA is the organization hired to do the day to day operations formally performed by the
CFO. They also support the Auditor by addressing any current issues. They have been visiting all 5 stations working on
audit, payroll, cash flow and financial statements as well as consolidating reporting.)
IX. Program Committee
committee met with Jerry Paris (GM). They discussed the roles and responsibilities of the committee and the IPD. He will
get info@gmail information and survey information for the LSB.
X. MASC Committee
A discussion took place in an
Executive Session regarding personnel matters.
XI. Outreach and Development
The Blues Festival raised $7,344.29.
The WPFW Dick Gregory Day will take place on October 13, 2018 at the Kenilworth Recreation Center. The rain date is
the 14th.The registration cost is $35.
Tony Leon received $305 from LSB members for station advertising.
Lou wants to mandate attendance of the IPD at LSB meetings. Lou also wants the LSB to have a dinner for
Motion submitted by Eileen Rosin
I move that we strongly encourage the IPD to attend the LSB
meetings and submit a report.
Vote 7 favor 2 Against 2 abstentions
LSB favors sending the letter.
XIII. Adjourn Regular Meeting at 8:45 pm
Executive session reconvened at 8:50pm
session concerned personnel matters.
XIII. Adjourn Meeting
Robert Simms, Chair adjourned the meeting at
Minutes submitted by: Ellen Williams Carter