BOD Minutes - 3-27-19
MCPB—Board of Directors' meeting
564 S. Dora Street, Ste 1A
27 March 2019
Members attending: Azzaro, Bushansky, Dow [Note, Director Dow has relinquished the Board Vice Presidency to Director Polkinghorne. Dow is allowed still to serve on the Board because he is not being compensated for his work as Interim General Manager] Karp, Middlebrook, Polkinghorne, Tischler
Members absent: Hulse-Stephens, Vinyard
Members of the public: Campbell (former Board member, GM, and current historical resource)
A) Call to order @ 5:13, by President Azzaro.
B) Agenda approved.
C) Minutes of 02/21/19 meeting approved as corrected. [Final copy posted on station Web page]
D) Interim GM Dow’s written report: attached, with his oral comments added by secretary.
E) Committee Reports
1. Finance Report—Bushansky/Dow: Money is still coming in from winter pledge drive. We are at
or even above goal. –We’re feeling very positive. --YTD: we’re ahead in revenue
($5300) --overall, ahead by $15,000; however, underwriting is $6700 under. --Station needs a
procedures manual: we burn out staff by assigning too many tasks to too few people. --Bottom
line: $16,500 ahead; however, we have a negative net worth. --Polkinghorne hopes for monthly
budget reports that we vote to accept, or not. This is a goal, for 2020.
2. Membership/fundraising:Dow confirms that he has confirmed several major donors whom he
can work with, once his duties as IGM are completed. --No help from contract employee on
underwriting. Detailed discussion in closed session.
3. Planning:Campbell (crucial volunteer) reports that we’ve hired Da Grand Pooba [!] to run the
station’s 30th Anniversary celebration on 10/19. Live acts are being signed. Project about $17,000
revenue & $10,000 costs. Food to be supplied by paid contractor. Station sells beer and keeps
profit. We have several volunteer, permitted servers on call. --Polkinghorne suggests sending a
copy of draft 3-Year MCPB Strategic Plan, asap, to Marty, with note saying it’s w.i.p. asking
4. Programming/publicity: Karp reports he’s on the job for finding rooms in Willits. --He calls Board’s attention to Kathleen Rippey, a programmer with a lot of grant-writing experience, who can help
us. What are the Board’s ideas for getting grants? --Discussion moves to question of banner
advertising. Banner (reusable) costs $1000. Do we need it. Degrees of yes & no. Consensus is
that having one is a good idea. --Should we have a silent auction at 30thcelebration? Possible
donated, quality items and cabin rentals? --Tischler reports that he is very impressed with Rich
and Alice, and that he’s happily surprised at how much work the staff has already done [on the
5. External Communications:none.
6. Programming/Publicity:Karp reports on up-coming, brief press release about local news, 15
minutes on most weekdays. (That is, station can’t yet guarantee 15’ of fresh news each day, but
it’s making progress toward that goal.) --Additionally, Karp reports the saga of filling the Sequoia
Room’s generous donation of all proceeds from the May concert date they’ve given us.
Conclusion of story is that the Levi Saelua Trio will be generating income for us.
7. Bylaws and Policies: Polkinghorne reports that next meeting postponed until 1stThursday in May.
9. CAB(Community Advisory Board):Middlebrook reports that reorganization is progressing.
10. Personnel: Azzaro & Polkinghorne accepted everyone’s congratulations to all involved for hiring a new GM..
11. Elections of 2019-20 Executive Committee & appointment of 2019-20 Elections chair: Vinyard
cannot accept the post. Dow volunteers. 2019-20 Executive Committee wll likely be: President, Dow;
Vice-President, Polkinghorne; Secretary, Tischler; Bushansky, Treasurer.
F) Comments from Directors--none
G) Public Expression--none
H) Closed Session: personnel matters
I) Announcement out of closed session
Confidential hiring & staff matters were discussed.
J) Next Board Meeting, 24 April, Ukiah.--Subsequent meetings, last Wednesday of each month. 29 May, in Ft. Bragg Senior Center is a membership meeting. We’ll formally introduce GM Durlin to the community and seat the 2019-20 Executive Committee.
K) Adjournment: 7:55 p.m.
Draft minutes respectfully submitted,
Attachment: IGM’s report
Interim GM Report
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IGM’s oral comments in square brackets
1. General Manager Search Update:
Marty Durlin has accepted the position and will begin April 24th. An available rental
property has been identified in Boonville and we expect to have it secured in a few
days. [Marty will arrive on the 23rdor 24th. Suggest postponing regular membership
meeting, scheduled for 24 April, to regular May 29 date, to give Marty time to settle in
Suggest that meeting be in Ft. Bragg. Regular Board meeting to occur on 24 April, in
Ukiah. Special thanks to Renée Wilson for finding rental housing for new GM.]
2. Staffing Update:
The program director position has been posted. We are receiving applications for re-
view by Marty, Alice, and IGM. [(Sec. notes Dow’s use of Oxford comma) --Alice got her internship. There will be a one month overlap between Marty’s arrival and Alice’s
departure. Alice and Marty wrote job description; Jake and Renée got it posted.]
3. Technical and equipment Update:
One exciter has been repaired and tested and delivered. Rich and Brian Henry went
to Cold Springs yesterday. Installation is planned when we have the second Exciter in
stock. [Brian Henry (radio engineer) & Rich explored Cold Springs fuzzy signal. Fuzziness was not caused by Exciter. When second Exciter arrives, we’ll install the first one. Jake
will be helping Rich. Jake works on underwriting in the station office & is generally very helpful. Marty will have the final call on Jake’s job description.
4. CDF –CAL Fire Tower Rent:
CDF has proposed a revised rent schedule. Rich and I are reviewing assumptions to see
if we can reduce space in the vault and lower rent. [Currently we’re paying
11,500. We potentially have extra rack space at Cold Springs and at Bald Hill which we might not need. —President Azzaro confirms that we’re still in negotiations with CalFire.]
5. The Community Foundation awarded a grant of $8000 for station equipment. The application for a
Strategic Planning program is pending. [We’re investigating remote monitoring of broadcast sites,
to alert us to developing problems.]
6. The Winter Fund Drive was successful. Bob Bushansky will present details.
7. The IGM met with CPB and NPR officials in Washington, D.C. Negotiation with NPR on amounts
owed is in progress. CPB findings have been accepted as presented in February. This will be
finalized this week. [NPR is a work in progress.]