MCPB/KZYX Board Meeting
August 31, 2021
PRESENT: Board members: Tom Dow, Renee Vinyard, Kathy Rippey, Kate Stornetta, Dina Polkinghorne and David Hulse-Stephens; staff: Marty Durlin, and CAB chairperson Andy Stein.
A. Call to Order: 5:10 PM
B. Agenda and Minutes approved
C. PRESIDENT’S REPORT
a. The FAA has confirmed that the proposed 90-foot tower will not interfere with aviation.
b. We have extended the close of escrow, with the agreement of the seller, to September 30th, pending the approval of the permit by the Planning Commission. Approval of our permit will taken up at their September 22nd meeting. Tom will attend the meeting.
c. The proposed relocation of the station to Clay Street in Ukiah has also gotten the support of the Ukiah PD, The Ukiah Fire Department, CalFire, the County Sheriff
d. The neighbors near the station have been contacted and had no objections to KZYX having our offices there.
D. GENERAL MANAGER’S REPORT:
a. Marty’s full report is attached, below.
E. COMMITTEE REPORTS
a. Finance Committee: In Bob Bushansky’s absence, Tom Dow reported that the financial news is good: KZYX has plenty of cash on hand. The restricted fund from CPB ($200,000) will be used mostly for staff salaries.
b. Membership Committee: no report
c. Planning Committee: Ad hoc committee dissolved until a need arises.
d. Publicity: nothing to report
e. CAB: Andy Stein reports that there have been no meetings since November due to Covid. He is planning to do a Zoom meeting in early November and will invite the public.
f. Policy and Bylaws: Ad hoc committee dissolved until a need arises.
F. ACTION ITEM:
a. The question was before the Board to renew or cancel the credit line with The Savings Bank of Mendocino County. Kate Stornetta made the motion to renew the credit line. Renee Vinyard seconded. Motion carried by unanimous vote.
G. BOARD COMMENTS:
a. Marty announced that the Fall drive will have Delta/Covid protocols for any volunteers. Discussion about protocols for volunteer programmers, as well.
b. The Board also discussed the vacant Fort Bragg director seat and the process of filling it. It would be appointed by the Board to be filled until the election in February.
H. Adjournment at 5:50 p.m.
Next meeting: September 28, 2021; 5:00 PM via Zoom
Upcoming drive: Quiet drive starts in mid-September. On-air drive, October 11-17.
Website/app: We are purchasing a versatile, easy-to-use phone app for KZYX. Eddie’s research led us to a company called Blue Sky Technologies, doing business as Public Media Apps. It’s pricey at $3K per year, but we hope/plan to fund it with underwriting. I sent info about it to the BOD a few weeks ago. We’ve gotten good reviews from other stations who have used it.
We will convert to a new NPR website template in late January, with the assistance of Lemon Fresh Design, headed by Torrey Douglass, who is based in Boonville. This will ensure a smoother transition, a visual component that is missing from our current site, and a design that eliminates waste and clutter, invites attention, facilitates donations and simplifies navigation.
FCC License Renewal: With assistance from our FCC attorneys in DC, we’ve filed the necessary paperwork for KZYX-Z license renewal, aired the required announcements, and now await the FCC decision before December 1 of this year, when our license expires. Thanks to Rich for making sure the public file is in order. The new license will be good for eight years.
CCI project: We’re nearing the end of this NFCB program, and we’re about to spend the $6K grant they gave us to survey Spanish speakers about the kind of information/news/programming they need/want, and how they would like it delivered. We’re planning to hire the consortium of translators who have come together to help us with emergency announcements to conduct this research. We may also spend some of the grant on recruiting a bilingual news director.
NEA grant: Will submit between Friday the 27th and Tuesday the 31st. Thanks to Kate, Kathy and KZYX staff for their suggestions and assistance.
Fire inspection Philo Thursday August 26: We passed. Special thanks to Rich, Eddie, Katharine.
All Station Meeting: Saturday, September 4 from 1-3 pm. We had originally planned to hold it in person at the Philo Grange, but decided Zoom is a better choice at this time. Hope to see you there. We will discuss the drive and move among other items.
Thank you for your support, Marty