The Secret Life Of KZYX
A Minority Report

Major Issues For The Station
And The Board

The following issues are listed with the first sentence or two of the text from the actual document. The first issue below was recently added to the list, and therefore did not appear in Draft 1.

Access to membership mailings

Should a minority of the board be allowed to communicate directly to the members by mail? The Centrists don't want it. "A seriously bad idea" says board president, Tony Miksak. . .

How should programming decisions be made?

For many years, the Programming Director has been the sole arbiter of on-air programming. In response to long-standing agitation by members and programmers, the board established the “Programming Policy Committee” . . .

Community Advisory Board (CAB).

The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) requires that our radio station set up a board of 5 regular members (unaffiliated with staff or board) called the Community Advisory Board, which is to have, at least, advisory status. . .

Relationship between board and staff.

This is a crucial matter to both tendencies. The Centrists, or “structuralists” as Wendy Blankenheim calls herself, argue that what is going on at the station, in the area of operations and personnel, is solely the concern of the general manager. . .

How to deal with the irate members at board meetings.

One of my first experiences as a KZYX board member involved heavy criticism of the board from the floor. Faced with nasty, aggressive, but sometimes well-informed people, some board members felt that. . .

How should board agendas and committees be set?

The bylaws give wide latitude to the president in setting up committees and other work. When I first came on the board, the president, Adam Springwater, took it upon himself to set the agenda and sometimes. . .

Confidentiality of board email.

In the periods between board meetings, much discussion occurs among board members via email. Board members belong to an email group called a “listserv” which enables each of us to conveniently email all the other board members. . .

The problems of the satellite studios.

Some of the difficulties encountered by the satellite studios are engineering problems. These should begin to recede as we learn to use the new digital technology that is currently being installed. . .

Station grievance procedures.

There is a long-standing problem of not having, and at other times not using, a proper grievance procedure. Staff and programmers who have complaints have not gotten a proper review and possible redress of grievances.

When to elect board officers.

At this time, board officers (President, Vice President, Treasurer and Secretary) who constitute the Executive Committee are elected at the meeting at which new board members are seated. Consequently, board members may have . . .

Selection of the Interim Management Team.

After GM Diane Hering’s resignation in July of 2004, an Interim Management team was established. The board as a whole had no role in picking that team, which turned out to consist of the president of the board, and two staff members. . .

Style of leadership at the station.

Under Diane Hering, the previous GM, the station was managed tightly, and in general the board was not privy to much of what was going on. Our only source of information was the GM’s report at board meetings, and we were. . .

Engineering and the change to digital technology.

The board and staff have been slow to react to the gap created by the retirement of our chief engineer, Ron O’Brien, a professional RF (Radio Frequency) engineer, he has provided faithful and dedicated service. . .

Communication with members.

Since I’ve been on the board, I have brought up this issue many times. A community radio station ought to be an example of interactive communication. I’ve put forward several ideas, including a special board-listener call-in show. . .

Staff attitude.

The board has discussed staff relations and in particular the way some staff members have been abusive toward board members, programmers and volunteers. I think this is the kind of thing the board should most definitely deal with. . .

Fund-raising.

If ever there was a mantra for board members, it is that the board should concern itself with fund-raising. “FUND-RAISING, FUND-RAISING, FUND-RAISING!!! This needs to be on the top of our agenda, says Centrist Cummings. . .

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