WPFW Regular LSB Meeting
April 10, 2019
403 7th St SE
Sabooh Hakim – Chair
Ellen Williams Carter - Secretary
I. Call to order
Robert Simms chair called
the meeting to order at 6:35 pm. Quorum was established at 6:40pm.
II. Roll call
15 - Members were present at roll
call: Maskeelah-Myrtle Washington, Ellen Williams Carter, Robert Simms, Nick Arena, Eileen Rosin, Julie Hewitt, Gloria
Turner, Louis Wolf, Nancy Sorden, Ron Pinchback, Cliff Smith, Sabooh Hakim, Tony Leon, Benito Diaz, Martha Peterson,
Craig Williams, Jim Brown
1 - Excused Absences: Vicki McGill,
1 - Unexcused: Lona Alias
There was one
1 - Resigned: Meredith Cordisco
The GM Jerry Paris was present.
The IPD Katea Stitt
Timekeeper: Julie Hewitt
Sergeant at Arms: Maskeelah-Myrtle Washington
III. Approval of Agenda
The Agenda was approved.
IV. Approval of the Minutes
Minutes were not approved doing the meeting the Chair
didn’t ask for approval.
The February 13, 2018 WPFW LSB regular meeting minutes were not approved.
The General Manager, Jerry Paris stated the following:
Phase Two of the transmitter project
began on Monday. We are getting ready to move new renovated site. They have reduced the cost by using parts from another
media that was donated. Phase Two will be completed by Thursday. Pledge drive credit card donations in some instances
caused problems; however, they are being rectified. Payroll and health insurance will go into negative; however, rent
was paid. Central Services weren’t paid. An Arbitron bill from 2012 of $12,000 was paid. The Bethesda Blues and Jazz
Fundraiser raised $5,000. The next pledge drive is May 4, 2019.
VI. Finance Report
The Winter Pledge Drive has
achieved approximately 77% of the $350,000 goal. During the Winter Pledge Drive $270,000 was raised. Additional off
air fundraising is needed immediately to cover expenses. The General Manager is meeting with major donors and several
off-air events are planned.
Through February 28, the Station is behind budget by approximately $178,000. This
includes 4-5 Central Services payments that have not been paid as well as $30,000 in National Election costs that are in
the budget. The Station has not been asked to make payments for the National Election to date. In addition,
approximately $40,000 in transmitter expenses have been paid from funds raised in FY2018. Additional Off-air
fundraising activities/events are needed in April-May.
VII. Community Comment
Meredith – She is concerned about
the advertisement that she heard on the WPFW app.
Robin Holder- She is concerned that the station programmers did
not get an email about the drive.
Miyuki Williams – She stated that we are losing listeners. She is concerned that
there is no programmer meeting scheduled to discuss the drive. She stated that Mrs. Turner hosted an event for $1000
donators that was successful. She said that WPFW needs a development director.
Joe Brown – He read his
transcription of the WPFW-LSB show that Benito hosted. He stated that there was no controversial parts aired.
O’Rourke- He stated that we need a new Program Director.
Arthur McCloud- He wanted to know if you can host
one show on WPFW and then also co-host another show. He said he was told that programmers couldn’t do that.
Community member- He feels that the pledge drive system is broken.
VIII. PNB Report
Elections were held for
Staff WPFW- LSB PNB Delegates Election
Staff WPFW- LSB PNB Delegate candidates:
Both candidate declined to run for the position.
There were no WPFW PNB staff delegates elected.
Listener WPFW- LSB PNB Delegates candidates:
Tony Leon– declined to run.
Sabooh Hakim – declined to
Martha Peterson– declined to run.
Eileen Rosin – WPFW PNB Listener delegate elected
Washington - WPFW PNB Listener delegate elected
Nancy Sorden - WPFW PNB Listener delegate elected
No report was shared.
X. MASC Committee
No report was shared.
XI. Outreach and Development
report was shared.
XII. New Business
WPFW LSB Officers were elected:
Sabooh Hakim – Chair
Tony Leon –
Treasurer – Nick Arena
Secretary – Ellen Williams Carter
New WPFW – LSB member was
XIII. Adjourned Regular Meeting at 8:35pm
Robert Simms, Chair adjourned the
meeting at 8:35pm
Minutes submitted by: Ellen Williams Carter