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MCPB/KZYX Board Meeting

October 5, 2021


PRESENT: Board members: Tom Dow, Renee Vinyard, Kathy Rippey, Kate Stornetta, Dina Polkinghorne, Len Tischler, Bob Bushansky and David Hulse-Stephens; staff: GM Marty Durlin.

  1. Call to Order:  5:02 PM

  1. Agenda and Minutes (with small correction) approved

    1. The purchase of 390 Clay Street in Ukiah has been finalized. Jesse Davis at Ukiah City Planning notified us that there are no objections to our plans for the property. Marty has arranged for insurance on the property.
    2. Tom called on Kate to give an update on the Capital Campaign. Kate reported that the task force met last week. Messaging materials (the brochure) should be in its first run by mid-October. Current thoughts on the premium to donors would be to include names of everyone who contributes, regardless of amount, on a permanent plaque. Press releases about the purchase have gone to media outlets.
    3. BOD pledges are requested at this point. Send to Renee Wilson by October 15, to P.O. Box 1, Philo, CA 95466. Checks made payable to “KZYX Building Fund.”
    4. It was agreed that check signers for the Building Fund account will be Dina, Tom, Marty and Len.

    1. Marty’s full report is attached, below.
    2. In addition, Marty reported that the station was off the air this morning due to an “exciter” that needed to be replaced. Also, she said the translator at Bald Hill (responsible for the signal into Fort Bragg) is in need of replacement at a cost of $20,000-$25,000. A motion was made by Dina and seconded by Len to defer the matter to the executive committee. Approved unanimously.


    1. Finance Committee: Tom Dow reported KZYX has about $400,000 in the bank. We showed losses in July and August, but that is expected as there are no fundraising events during that time. CPB grant funds will be coming in soon. Expenses are stable.
    2. Fundraising and Membership Committees: no report
    3. CAB:  November 10 Zoom meeting scheduled.
    4. Policy and Bylaws: They agreed to meet in the new year to review the employee manual and possibly develop an accounting manual.


    1. The question was before the Board whether to create a separate account for earmarked money for the capital campaign building fund. A motion was made by Dina and seconded by Len to establish such a fund at the Savings Bank. Earlier it was suggested that the account be called the “KZYX Building Fund.” The motion was unanimously approved.

    1. Discussion of future meeting dates. The next two dates are November 30, 2021 and January 25, 2022. It will be discussed at a future meeting (at Marty’s request) whether the Board will meet monthly or every other month after January.

  1. Adjournment at 6:27 p.m.

Next meeting:  November 30, 2021; 5:00 PM via Zoom


Manager’s Report

October, 2021

Meeting reminder: Our BOD meeting is Tuesday, October 5 at 5 pm. You should have received a zoom invitation.

The big news: We now own 390 West Clay in Ukiah! PR has gone out, including a press release, an email to KZYX members, a KZYX News story produced by Sarah Reith featuring Tom (and his dog Barney), and social media posts. Tom and I will be on The Discussion on Monday 10/4 at 7 pm to answer listener questions about the move.

KZYX Quiet Drive and on air fundraising: The Quiet Drive has begun, and we will be doing intensive on-air fundraising from October 11-17. Our goal is $100K. We appreciate your help.

All Station Meeting: Thanks to Tom, Kathy and Bob, BOD members who were able to attend KZYX’s All Station Meeting via Zoom on September 4. There were about 40 people there, and it was a good (two-hour) gathering, with lots of support and offers of help from volunteers for the move. Thanks to Alicia for facilitating.

Vaccinations and masks: We’ve asked our staff, BOD, volunteers, programmers and all visitors to KZYX facilities to be vaccinated and masked.

Grants: I worked with Phoenix Trent to complete two more grants for KZYX, one to California Humanities ($20K) and one to the Community Foundation of Mendocino County ($7500), to support the News Director position. Those have both been submitted. We met on Friday 10/1 and talked about more possible applications, including another Community Foundation grant, under their community enrichment program (up to $7500, due Dec 2); Wells Fargo ($5-50K, due end of October); and Redwood Credit Union ($5-10K). Those grants would all be for some aspect of the move. Phoenix also suggested a number of family foundations that give to organizations in Mendocino County — in this case, we’ll create a template and send to those that seem pertinent. He also has conversations scheduled with the Department of Commerce ($50K+) and the USDA Rural Development Program ($50K+). So that is going well. Thanks to Kathy for getting us started on grants, and Kate for suggesting that we contact Phoenix.

Looking ahead: Thank you to all of you for your commitment to the New Home project. Special thanks to Tom and Kate, who have been indispensable to this effort. Kate has given us a roadmap through the next year and beyond, and I know we’ll attract assistance and good will along the way.

Out of town: I’ll be gone October 28-November 1.