Our next board meeting will be held Monday, June 27th at 6pm at Anderson Valley High School. We hope you can join us as we vote to approve the budget for KZYX&Z for the next fiscal year, which starts July 1st, 2016. The address for the high school is 18200 Mountain View Rd in Boonville.
The Finance Committee will have a public meeting on Monday, June 27th at 4pm at KZYX&Z, 9300 Highway 128, between Philo and Boonville (closer to Philo).
HERE IS THE AGENDA FOR THE JUNE 27TH MEETING:
MCPB BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING AGENDA
Monday, June 27, 2016 @ 6:00 PM
Anderson Valley High School
18200 Mountain View Rd. Boonville
BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT Please introduce yourself
APPROVE MINUTES OF LAST TWO MEETINGS – March 7 & May 2, 2016
MEETING FACILITATOR – Jenness Hartly
Public Comment (3 min each.) after each Action Item.
Public Comment on Non Agenda Items (3 min each)
If interruptions occur more than 3 times by a single person that person will be asked to leave.
RobertA's Rules for Board Decisions. Description
Recent successful fundraisers – Willits house party, Boogie Woogie Event
Monthly meetings with Fundraising Committee.
Monthly meetings with Executive Committee
What we haven't done yet and what we plan to do
MATTERS FROM BOARD MEMBERS (3 min.)
Mention anything that you have done for the station in the last 2 months
TREASURERS REPORT – Stuart & Lorraine
Action Item: Budget Report
Personnel, Fundraising, Ukiah?
Approve Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with CAB
STATE OF THE STATION REPORT – Lorraine
PUBLIC COMMENT (3 min. each)
NEXT BOARD MEETING – AUGUST 29, 2016 POINT ARENA LIBRARY
Here are the minutes from the meeting on June 2nd, 2016
KZYX/Z Mendocino Public Broadcasting
Board of Directors Meeting
May 2, 2016
Call to order – Meg called the meeting to order @ 6:04pm
Roll call: Bob Paige, Benj Thomas, Ed Keller, Meg Courtney, Jenness Hartley, Lorraine Dechter. Absent: Clay Eubank
1. Approval of previous board meeting minutes: May not have been approved. Will do this at next meeting.
2. Approval of line of credit – presented by Lorraine Dechter. Vote to approve: Benj, Jenness, Ed, Bob.
Treasurer’s report: Lorraine presented, Clay not present. Meg requested that the reports come earlier so that the board can review them. Lorraine plans to meet with the board once or twice a month to review in the future.
Thanking Departing Board members: Mary Massey spoke for John Sakowitz thanking KZYX and looking forward to the future. Meg thanked BobPage for all of his hard work. Bob spoke about the new board and the new direction of the station.
Seating of new board members: Meg introduced Jonathan Middlebrook, Stuart Campbell, and John Azzaro. New members made their introductions.
Nomination of executive and other communities:
President – Stuart Campbell nominated Meg, Jenness seconded. Approved.
Vice President: Meg nominated Jane, John A seconded, approved.
Secretary: Meg nominated Jenness for secretary, John A. seconded, approved.
Treasurer – Meg nominated Stuart, Ed seconded, approved.
Audit committee: Meg is planning on asking Clay, Benj and Jonathan M seconded. Approved.
State of the station: Lorraine read her report. Station is currently on track for finances. Fundraising figures reported. David Steffen has majorly increased underwriting recently. Biggest expenses were related to Internet services. Lorraine discussed the need to make sure that the station has access to adequate bandwidth as well as having the station getting more actively involved in lobbying legislators to address this problem. Sherri Quinn is the new news director. Lorraine discussed the need to pay for an office in Ukiah (and discussed how she has been letting the news team use an office that she personally pays for). Lorraine is thinking about hiring a news producer out of Ukiah. Lorraine introduced the idea of renting a facility in Ukiah that has good signal exposure and is reasonable. Lorraine also thanked the Community Foundation for their grant.
CAB report: Benj presented for the CAB. Discussed the possibility of the CAB creating a MOU with the board. Benj summarized the MOU. Meg suggested putting the MOU on the KZYX website if it is accepted by the board. Meg and Benj agreed to vote on the MOU at the next meeting.
Scott Petersen: voiced concern about tax document 990 not being posted or incomplete.
Ana: thanked Lorraine for putting on National Native News.
Doug McKenty : Also thanked Lorraine for adding Native American news. He seconded Scott about the concern about the 990’s and discussed his desire to make KZYX more of a local community station. He thanked Meg for the audit committee.
Mitch Clough (SP?): Discussed matters of grammar and liability and his history with KZYX. He expressed hopes that new management be committed to transparency.
Anonymous: Commented about the power of the CAB and transparency. Wants the station to pay the on air DJs.
Mike Grady: Former board member. Spoke to how hard it is to keep a station running and that the station is sounding much better than before. He loves national native news too and the news team. He does not understand why the station is being attacked and plans to support the station for the foreseeable future.
Sheila Tracy: Requested minutes from 2 CAB meetings that she feels should have had minutes. Also asking for the minutes of the hiring committee and feels that she should have been invited to the meeting. Sheila requested that more left leaning shows be played at peak listening times instead of NPR. She requested that the news department involve the community more. She also asks that the GM’s contract be reexamined.
Derek Hoyle: Stated that the 14 years that he has volunteered at KZYX has been a train wreck. He stated that he does not want Stuart Campbell on the board and is planning to pursue the matter through other avenues. Mr. Hoyle is interested is recalling Stewart.
Ana: spoke again. She voiced a desire for diversity of voices on the air. Ana called for unity.
Bob Page: Asked for a stop to the ad hominem attacks at the board meeting.
Mitch: spoke again. Stated that Mendocino County is a unique county and called for fair and balanced.
Doug: spoke again, agreed with Ana about diversity for the station. Doug suggested that discussions be focused on policy.
Sheila: spoke again – voiced concern about transparency concerning committee discussions.
Meg announced the next BOD meeting in July that will be in Anderson Valley
and after that Point Arena.
Meg moved to adjourn @ 7:20pm, Benj seconded.
Minutes submitted by Jenness Hartley, Secretary of the Board.
KZYX/MENDOCINO COUNTY PUBLIC BROADCASTING
BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING MARCH 7, 2016
THE MEETING WAS CALLED TO ORDER AT 6:03 P.M. ROLL CALL
Present: Meg Courtney, Lorraine Dechter, Jane Futcher, Jenness Hartley, Ed Keller, Benj Thomas,
Absent: Clay Eubank
APPROVAL OF LAST MEETING’S MINUTES: Unanimous MATTERS FROM THE BOARD PRESIDENT: Meg Courtney
—GROUND RULES: Meg appointed Jenness to be the Meeting Facilitator
—THANK YOUS: Meg expressed thanks to Lorraine Dechter, the new GM: Jane Futcher, elections
coordinator and election ballot workers and stampers, including Jenness, Ed, Bob and several
others. Ed Keller was thanked for building a covered area outside where staff can sit.
—FUNDRAISING: Meg mentioned some of the fundraisers coming up, including Amy Goodman in Willits,
April 16; a Willits house party April 23; a Mother’s Day fundraiser with Starchild chocolate; a
Church of the Boogie Woogie party with a Boogie Woogie diva in June. She thanked Catherine Keegan
and Tim Bray for taking on many fundraising events for KZYX and for requiring board and staff do
MATTERS FROM BOARD MEMBERS:
Jane Futcher reported that board election was proceeding and the on-air forum went well. John
Sakowicz welcomed Lorraine and expressed hope that KZYX will collaborate with low-
power channels like KMEC, also using digital platforms and many new technologies that expand the
station’s reach and can be the source of potential revenues.
STANDING COMMITTEE REPORTS
—Elections Report by Jane not needed because of above check-in
—No Finance Committee report due to Clay’s absence
PRESENTATION OF MENDOCINO COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS’ COMMENDATION
TO MARY AIGNER BY TOM WOODHOUSE: Tom Woodhouse read an eloquently worded recognition of Mary
Aigner’s 22 years of service as a staff member of KZYX. (See Attached)
COMMUNITY ADVISORY BOARD REPORT FROM ELLEN SAXE
Ellen summarized the results of a CAB public meeting in Elk in February. She chose an area that the
station does not always reach out to but was disappointed with the turnout despite the fact that
the meeting was well publicized. About 10 people attended. She said transparency of the board and
station was a big issue and there were requests for:
1. On-air CAB meetings
2. On-air Board meetings
3. On-air discussions with board representatives
4. The board should stop using a closed board list serve and confidential meetings
5. Simple living membership of $25 should be announced on the air
6. Controversy comes from exclusion — Someone said that when the Mendocino School Board adopted a
more open stance their meetings became less contentious and shorter.
Ellen reported many comments about the board’s conduct, including:
—Board should state what its rules are and follow the process
—Board should not let a few people make all the decisions
—Board should make transparency a priority
—Board needs to follow through as new board members replace outgoing members.
—Board should be more responsive.
Several of those attending want access to the membership list with an opt-out clause for folks who
don’t want to be contacted.
—Hire a volunteer coordinator
—contact nonmembers through public meetings
—Restore safe harbor
—State what happened with Ukiah studio funds
—Start a program council that had decision-making power
—Pay attention to the South Coast so people in Gualala can tune in.
—Encourage more participation by young people
—Define and follow the process for choosing programmers
—Institute a grievance procedure for former programmers
—Form Ad Hoc committees of members for pursuing specific issues
—Take seriously the decline in membership
—Encourage and support local programmers
BREAKS: During the meeting, possibly during Ellen’s presentation, a reporter covering the meeting
and a candidate for the board interrupted frequently and claimed the board president was not
following clear procedures. The facilitator called short break to establish calm.
NO ACTION ITEMS
STATE OF THE STATION REPORT — Lorraine Dechter
Lorraine did not submit a written report. She introduced Jerry Fraley, the interim Operations
Manager, who was not present, and Raoul Van Haul, who introduced himself and his long experience in
broadcasting, particularly in Portland, Oregon. Lorraine announced new Native American programming,
a five-minute syndicated segment for which she has not yet found the perfect time slot. She said
our expenses for the month of January were triple what was budgeted because it was costly covering
the vacant program manager and ops manager positions.
Jeff Wright: Thanked Lorraine for unraveling the “trainwreck she was left with.” Said the
satellites studios are working better and he asked that the “safe harbor” from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. be
restored. He encouraged KZYZ to participate in joint events with KMUD and promote the Seven Rivers
Sheila Dawn Tracy: Said members should be able to communicate with each other; wants safe harbor
restore; would like a written GM report; feels new KZYX newsletter should have gone in the silent
Sarah: Requested results of fundraisers and pledge drives be published on the KZYX Web site and
promoted on the Web site in advance
Fran Koliner: Welcomed Lorraine
Ellen Saxe: Gave out her email address so others can receive summary of CAB meeting
Lyn Dee Johnson: Wants each board member to have a sign with their names so people know who they
are; said this was an “emotional transition” that is hard on listeners, too, as they hear new
voices on the air, etc. She, or someone else, remarked that the FCC investigation of KZXY led to a
decision by the staff to end safe harbor because of concerns the station might lose its license if
the FCC heard bad language on the air.
The meeting ended at 8 p.m.
Respectfully submitted by Jane Futcher, Board VP
Adendum: Mendocino Board of Supervisors’ letter of Commendation to Mary Aigner. Signed by Tom
Woodhouse and Dan Gjerde, delivered at the meeting March 7, 2016
Mary Aigner tirelessly served Mendocino County for 22 years through her work at KZYX. During her
tenure as program director, she exhibited an unflagging dedication to community radio in general
and Mendocino County Public Broadcasting in particular. The station was more than a job to her, it
was a career and a passion, often placed before her own personal life.
Mary exhibited dedication to the listening community by
—Cultivating familiarity with the various communities of the region, and the issues confronting
each of them. She often helped to arrange discussions of those issues on the station’s public
affairs programs and newscasts’’
—Maintaining steadfast awareness, and unwaveringly correct instincts about the preferences of the
public radio listening community, and representing them in any meeting,
conversation, or decision in which she was involved. “How will it benefit the listeners?” was the
perspective she always brought to the table.
—Facing recurring challenges from small segments of the community about programming, remaining
firmly rooted in her convictions and professional expertise about how to serve the majority of
listeners and how to make KZYX the best possible community station.
—Being willing to engage in conversation with any listener, and personally respond to their
questions and concerns
Mary exhibited dedication to the station by:
—Understanding and being able to operate and manage all the station’s equipment, and keeping
herself abreast of the evolving technology
—Being available 24/7 to handle last-minute changes, trouble-shoot technical difficulties and
support other staff members in their efforts to seek resolution
—Being available to facilitate special programming – coming in on weekends and evenings to update
the station’s automated broadcast system
—Helping produce live remote broadcasts, and fundraising events
—Remaining ever mindful of the regulations which govern public radio stations
Mary exhibited dedication to the station’s volunteer programmers by:
—Training, guiding, and assisting on-air volunteers, whatever their level of skill or experience
—Helping find substitute hosts for absent programmers, often filling in herself on short notice
—Always being available to programmers, even on weekends or when out of town, to instruct,
support, and trouble-shoot unexpected on-air difficulties
—Actively interfacing with record companies, and content providers, to keep the flow of new music
and programming coming to the station
—Alerting programmers to new music or events which might be of interest to their audience
—Facilitating interview opportunities for programmers with performers and public figures
Tom Woodhouse & Dan Gjerde