WPFW Regular LSB Meeting
October 9, 2019
Southeast Neighborhood Library
403 7 th St SE Washington D.C.
Sabooh Hakim – Chair
Ellen Williams Carter - Secretary
I. Call to order
Sabooh Hakim, chair called
the meeting to order at 6:35 pm. Quorum was established at 6:40pm.
II. Roll call
12- Members that were present at
roll call: Ellen Williams Carter, Eileen Rosin, Julie Hewitt, Nancy Sorden,
Cliff Smith, Craig Williams, Benito Diaz,
Martha Peterson, Maskeelah-Myrtle Washington, Ron Pinchback,
Nick Arena, and Tony Leon, Louis Wolf, Sabooh
1- Excused Absences: Robert Simms
1-Unexcused: Wayne Tilly
There were no resignations
The IPD Katea
Stitt was absent.
Timekeeper: Julie Hewitt
Sergeant at Arms: Sabooh Hakim
The Agenda was
approved after adding executive session.
IV. Approval of the Minutes
The September 11, 2019 minutes were
V. Management Reports
The General Manager, Jerry Paris stated the following:
Fall Pledge Drive and
We raised $38,749 which is 11.1% of the goal for the pledge drive. The goal is $350,000. During the
morning and late night programs a rollover service is taking the pledge calls. Accounts payable are in
standing with venders. Some vendors will be paid late including rent and we will incur late fees. RRC
bill is $1200. Programmer Keanna Faircloth left us to work at WBGO radio. Moe Thomas reported that
circuit between the studio and the transmitter was changed to reduce cost. Remote broadcasts are
bidirectional and programs can now take calls. Thousand’s of dollars of equipment was donated by
Winestein. HD equipment is there but needs a digital domain from the studio to the transmitter.
Delegate Eileen Rosin requested that the GM speak to the IPD regarding the letter sent to her by
Iverim and about not providing the LSB with Programming reports.
There is no new
Fundraising and Grants
A manager from the Washington Arts Club came to the station and said that
their members will support
An antenna manufacture was working on another tower near
ours. He had a helicopter to find the antenna that
was defective. This effected our antenna so the transmitter power
is low this week. Moe is taking steps to
increase the sound quality.
He is requesting the
Info@WPFW.org dating back to 2015.
Nick Arena, treasure stated the following:
Station Cash Flow
The bank balances were $5,000 as of Sept. 30. The Station is in immediate CASH FLOW CRISIS. There were
sufficient funds to meet the full payroll expenses in October. The Station staff is speaking with vendors to
know the situation. The October Pledge Drive is critical ($350,000 goal). Volunteering for the October
greatly help the Station. The General Manager and Staff are meeting with major donors. A
volunteer Grant team is
forming. LSB members should consider a Grant writer and potential major donor
referrals to the Station.
Revenue and Expenses Update
The Fiscal Year 2019 thru March has been provided by the CFO. It is unclear as to how we
compare to the
Budget. A rough Cash basis comparison to budget through August was provided. Taking into account
payroll funds owned to Pacifica, past due Central Services payments (6-7) and past due health
payments ($9,000) that have not been paid as well as $30,000 in National Election costs that are in the
the budget deficit is probably over $90,000. The Station has not been asked to make payments for the
Election to date. Additional Off-air fundraising activities/events are desperately needed in October
through January 2020.
Delegate Maskeelah Washington requested a written fund drive report. The G.M.
VII. Community Comment
Thomas O’Rourke – as a member of the Programming Committee, requested emails
from info@wpfw for the
committee. The G.M. said any confidential information has to be
He wants to fill a seat on The LSB. He has contacted Katea over the last six month but
he feels ignored. She has
He stated that the Interim Program Director should be
at the LSB meetings. In addition, he feels that
management needs to say something to the Midnight to 5am shows. He
has heard curse words on shows. They
need to improve. He stated that shows are not pitching during their time slots.
He feels that WPFW is allowing
shows not making their goals to continue and don’t look at the people who are
bringing in money. He is
concerned about gifts not being delivered.
A lot of people think they get
a premium automatically. She feels this needs to be addressed.
On July 25, he called Katea (IPD)
about the Unity Walk in August. He stated that he didn’t receive a response.
A letter was sent to her but no action
was taken. He gave t-shirts to Greta for the Unity Walk. He wants them
sold at the WPFW station.
He stated this station gives a voice to the voiceless. This station is important. We are in this struggle
Everybody has to communicate. We speak for people who can’t talk, if we can’t work together then we
VIII. PNB Report
She said no date has been set for finalization of the
Ron alleged that stations owe CPB $135,000. This must be paid before we receive
IX. MASC Committee
They are reviewing applications.
X. Outreach and Development
The 5K Run/Walk
sponsorship donations were $1,240 and expenses were $1,380. Between $300 and $400
worth of Tee shirts were sold at
the Blues Festival.
XI. New Business
Tony Leon made a motion regarding selecting individuals for the LSB vacancies
in November. Hi motion was
tabled until the next meeting in November.
XII. Adjourned the regular meeting at 8:23
Reconvened at 8:26 pm
Executive session began at 8:26 pm
Purpose of the executive session: personnel
Tony Leon, Vice Chair adjourned the meeting at 8:45 pm
Minutes submitted by: Ellen Williams Carter