Minutes - WBAI LSB March 9, 2011
Susan Adely, Nia Bediako, Carolyn Birden, John Brinkley, Steve Brown, Mitchel Cohen (chair), Janet Coleman, Betty Dopson, Kathy Davis, Andrea Fishman, Bob Lederer, R. Paul Martin, Shawn Rhodes, Jamie Ross, Manijeh Saba, Alex Steinberg, Bernard White.
1. Approval of Agenda (20 min.)
2. Excused Absences (2 min.)
3. Approval of Minutes (10 min.)
4. Treasurer's Report (20 min.)
5. Management Search Committee and election to fill vacant Listener seat (15 min.)
6. Volunteer for the Membership, Outreach & Fundraising Committee (5 min.)
7. Public Comments (30 minutes)
Public meeting to adjourn no later than 9 pm
Alex Steinberg moved to adopt the agenda.
John Brinkley moved to add an item on committee membership rules after point 5. Motion passed 7-4.
R. Paul Martin moved to amend the wording of item 5 to add "a discussion of an" prior to words "election." Lederer move to strike the words "the listener." Lederer motion failed 6-9. Martin motion passed without objection.
Lederer raised a point of order that items from last meeting that were not reached before adjournment should be on agenda. Point of Order ruled not well taken.
Davis moved to add a report back from PNB meeting by directors (20 minutes) prior to the proposed item 5.
Ross moved to extend for five minutes. Passed without objection.
Davis motion passed without objection.
Lederer moved to add an item regarding programming as #8.
Lederer moved to add an item on management evaluation committee (10 minutes) after #5 and prior to the item on committee membership proposed by Brinkley.
Both motions passed without objection.
Agenda approved 10-5 as amended.
AGENDA AS APPROVED
1. Approval of Agenda (20 min.)
2. Excused Absences (2 min.)
3. Approval of Minutes (10 min.)
4. Treasurer's Report (20 min.)
5. Report back from the PNB (20 minutes)
6. Management Search Committee and a discussion of an election to fill vacant Listener seat (15 min.)
7. Management Evaluation Committee (10 minutes)
8. Committee Membership Rules
9. Volunteer for the Membership, Outreach & Fundraising Committee (5 min.)
10. Public Comments (30 minutes)
Public meeting to adjourn no later than 9 pm
2. EXCUSED ABSENCES
Lawrence Lucas, Elizabeth Brown, Ray Laforest, Teresa Palmer, Camille Yarborough, Russell Dale, and Daniel Vila excused without objection.
3. APPROVAL OF MINUTES
It was moved to postpone approval of minutes. Passed without objection.
4. TREASURER'S REPORT
Five motions were brought from the local Finance Committee.
1. "No family member or live-in partner of any manager may be paid as either a free-lance contractor or as a wage person."
(NEED TEXT FOR THE OTHER FOUR)
Nia Bediako moved to recommend that the PNB refer motion #1 to the PNB personnel committee.
Bediako moved that all local FInance Committee motions be presented in writing. Steinberg amended this motion so that all motions should be presented in writing.
Carolyn Birden moved to extend five minutes. Motion failed, 8-7.
Bediako motion on recommendation regarding local finance committee motion #1 passed 8-2.
Ross moved to table local finance committee motion #2. Motion to table passed without objection.
Brinkley moved to table the remaing local finance committee motions. Motion to table passed without objection.
Steinberg moved to table the second Bediako motion and Steinberg amendment. Motion to table passed without objection.
Birden moved to go immediately to public comment.
Lederer raised a point of order to go to public comment when 30 minutes remained, without a vote to revise the agenda. Point of order ruled not well taken.
Steve Brown moved to overturn the ruling of the chair regarding Lederer's point of order. Motion to overturn passed 8-3.
5. REPORT FROM THE PNB MEETING
Davis moved to revive the LSB fundraising and development task force.
Lederer move to extend for 15 minutes. Motion to extend failed 7-6.
Davis motion passed 10-0.
MEETING ADJOURNED 9:07
Minutes approved as amended on 5/11/11.
Minutes - WBAI LSB February 9, 2011
Susan Adely, Nia Bediako, Carolyn Birden, John Brinkley, Elizabeth Brown, Steve Brown, Mitchel Cohen (chair), Janet Coleman, Russell Dale, Kathy Davis, Andrea Fishman, Ray Laforest, Bob Lederer, R. Paul Martin, Shawn Rhodes, Jamie Ross, Manijeh Saba, Alex Steinberg, Daniel Vila, Bernard White, Camille Yarbrough.
1. Approval of Agenda (20 min.)
2. Elections of LSB Officers (30 min.)
3. Excused Absences (2 min.)
4. Approval of Minutes (10 min.)
5. Election to PNB Committees (20 min.)
6. 2010 LSB Chair's Report (15 min.)
7. GM's Report (30 min.)
8. Treasurer's Report (15 min.)
9. Public Comments (30 minutes)
10. Volunteer for the Membership, Outreach & Fundraising Committee (5 min.)
Public meeting to adjourn no later than 9 pm.
Special Order: Executive Session to begin at 9:15 pm. (45 minutes)
Alex Steinberg moved to adopt agenda.
John Brinkley - point of order. He should be co chair since two people were nominated at previous meeting. Point ruled not well-taken by the chair.
Bob Lederer moved to add motion regarding PD search committee after election to PNB committees (5a). Seconded. Steinberg amended the motion to make it 9A. Amendment passed, 8-5. Motion as amended passed 9-2. Item added to the agenda.
Daniel Vila moved to add an item regarding programming as 7A (immediately following item 7). Kathy Davis amended the motion to move it to 8A. Amendment passed 11-2. Item added as 8A without objection.
Nia Bediako moved to add acknowledgment of Kamau Khalfani as 1st item on the agenda. Passed without objection
Agenda as amended approved without objection. 7:33
Kamau Khalfani acknowledgment. LSB agreed to send flowers to the funeral.
ELECTIONS FOR LSB OFFICERS.
Election for chair:
Bediako made a point of order to toss coin on who would be chair. Point of order ruled not well taken by the chair.
Bediako moved to overrule the chair. Roll call vote requested. Chair's ruling upheld 10-8.
Yes: Birden, S. Brown, Coleman, Davis, Fishman, Martin, Rhodes, Ross,
No: Adely, Bediako, Brinkley, Dale, Lederer, Vila, White, Yarbrough.
Point of order by Lederer: previous notice by a member does not
automatically schedule an election.
Point ruled not well-taken by chair
John Brinkley and Mitchel Cohen nominated. Cohen elected chair, 11-8.
Election for Vice-Chair: John Brinkley and Andrea Fishman nominated. Fishman elected vice-chair, 11-8.
Election for Treasurer: R. Paul Martin and William Heerwagen nominated. R. Paul Martin elected treasurer, 10-9.
Election for Secretary: Jamie Ross and William Heerwagen nominated. Jamie Ross elected secretary 11-8.
Dobson, Lucas, Brown, Palmer
ELECTION TO PNB COMMITTEES
Technology committee: Janet Coleman and Ray Laforest elected without objection.
Programming Committee: Bernard White and Jamie Ross elected without objection.
Audit Committee: John Brinkley and Manijeh Saba elected without objection.
Elections Committee: Bob Lederer and Manijeh Saba elected without objection.
Committee on Racism, Sexism and other forms of Discrimination: Daniel Vila, Betty Dopson, and Andrea Fishman nominated. Dopson withdrawn. Vila and Fishman elected without objection.
Archives task force: Shawn Rhodes and Janet Coleman volunteered to join.
Affiliates task force: Mitchel Cohen, John Brinkely, and Elizabeth Brown volunteered to join.
Governance committee: R. Paul Martin and Bob Lederer elected without objection.
Committees of inclusion: Nia Bediako elected (director) without objection. Ray Laforest, Manijeh Saba, and Mitchel Cohen elected (LSB members) without objection.
(This item ended at 8:50)
Lederer moved to amend agenda to start public comment immediately. Motion to amend agenda passed without objection. It was agreed to cancel the closed part of the meeting and continue until the 10 PM adjournment in public session.
started 8:52, ended 9:03. There was no one else who wanted speak after that.
LSB CHAIR REPORT
Carolyn Birden moved that LSB members go to the station to make phone calls to delinquent pledgers for 2 hours each month and report on it on the LSB public listserv.
Nia Bediako amended the motion to add that the LSB write a letter to station management ban be lifted for LSB members Bernard White and Russell Dale so that they may enter the premises and make phone calls..
Russell Dale moved to extend for 10 minutes. Motion to extend failed, 8-8.
Dale moved to extend for five minutes. Motion failed, 9-9.
Amendment by Bediako failed, 10-9.
Bob Lederer moved to table the motion by Birden.
Motion to table passed without objection.
Started at 9:25.
Dale moved to extend for 10 min at 10:00 PM. Motion to extend passed without objection.
Dale moved to extend so each person on the stack (five) gets 2 minutes. Motion to extend passed 9-4.
Meeting adjourned 10:21 PM
Minutes approved as amended on 5/11/11 without objection
Minutes – WBAI LSB June 9, 2010
Andrea Fishman, Kathy Davis, Mitchel Cohen, Alex
Steinberg, Jennifer Jager, Delphine Blue, Janet Coleman,
Max Schmid, Robert Gold, Jamie Ross, Sara Flounders,
Lisa Davis, Vajra Kilgour, Russell Dale, Tibby Brooks,
Nia Bediako, Manijeh Saba, Daniel Vila, Seth Goldberg
Chair - MItchel Cohen
also present - R. Paul Martin, treasurer
1.0 Agenda approved
1. Election of Secretary Pro-Tem (1 min.)
2. Excused Absences (1 min.)
3. Motion to Approve Quarterly Financial Report
4. Report from Local Elections Supervisor (10
5. Waivers Committee motion (15 min.)
6. Public comment (15 min.)
7. Report from the Programming Committee (15
8. PNB Governance Motion (10 min.)
9. Financial Report by Treasurer (15 min.)
10. Management Search Comm. (5 min.)
11. Report from PNB Directors (10 minutes)
12. Public Comment (15 Minutes)
13. Adjourn Public meeting no later than 9:30 pm
14. Executive Session Special Order for 9:35 pm
1.1 Ross selected as secretary pro tem (no opposition)
2. Excused absences - Motion to excuse Stewart, Dopson,
Flounders, Clay, Palombo, Brown, Saba. [Flounders and
Saba members arrived after this motion].
3. Coin toss for Committee of Inclusion - Gold v Kilgour
Kilgour wins and is now on COI. No objection to Bediako
calling a meeting of COI.
4. Quarterly financial report by R. Paul Martin, treasurer
(7:54) Schmid takes over as chair.
Martin presents report for first two quarters of FY 10:
Motion: That the WBAI LSB in accordance with Article
Seven Section 3. A of the Pacifica bylaws send the
following to the PNB as the LSB's quarterly report on
WBAI's actual income and expenditures.
WBAI LSB Report on the First Two Quarters of FY10
In accordance with Article Seven Section 3. A of the
Pacifica bylaws the WBAI LSB has reviewed the station's
actual income and expenditures as compared to the FY10
budget. This review was based on the Consolidated
Income Statement - March 31 2010 issued by the Pacifica
National Office and with line 66 of that document
corrected to reflect the actual rent paid.
Total Net Income was projected to be $89,815 by
now in the FY10 budget, on the spreadsheet the station is
showing an actual net loss of $187,995, which is worse
than budget by $277,810. The WBAI LSB finds that
WBAI is still in a financial decline, and even though the
rate of decline may not be as sharp as previously the
station is still not self sustaining and it is still a net
financial drain on Pacifica.
For the first half of FY10 Listener Support is less than
budgeted by $195,165. Total Revenues are less than
budgeted by $259,584.
The Listener Support line was impacted by the
invoices for the Fall ﾑthon going out a couple of months
later than they should have, and then going out without
BREs. Also, for the first half of FY10 the station was not
taking its installments payments. We are told that the
station is now taking steps to reinstitute installment
payments on a regular basis.
Major Donor Income is listed as $0 for the first two
quarters. The budget had projected $39,000 in that line and
so we're worse than budget by $39,000 on that line.
Community Events Income and Crafts / Fair Income
combine whatever off air fund raising is done and the
Saturday morning theater ticket sales. Community Events
Income is showing up as better than budgeted by $69,305,
while Crafts / Fair Income is showing up as being
$111,000 worse than budget. If we combine both of those
lines we find that we're $41,695 worse than budget. The
Crafts / Fair Income line is where the Saturday morning
ticket sales should be going, we have been told by the CFO
that the Saturday morning ticket sales will have a separate
line in the FY11 budget template.
We have been informed that the FY10 budget
projection for the Saturday morning ticket sales was too
high because it seems to have been based on some
erroneous information; some ordinary Listener Support
money seems to have been included with the ticket sales
income when the projection for the ticket sales was being
prepared for the FY10 budget.
Web Site Income was worse than budget by $24,889.
Clearly the projection for that was significantly off; we
have only realized 41% of what had been projected. The
LSB and Management need to find out why it's so far off
and not over budget it for next year.
Clearly WBAI's fulfillment rate has to be raised. The
installments need to be run regularly. The major problems
impacting WBAI's fulfillment rate in the first two quarters
need to be addressed. The Community Events and Major
Donor lines are seriously underperforming. Together they
account for $63,889 of the budget shortfall. Part of this is
probably due to the few people left working at WBAI after
the cuts in November 2008. For the FY11 budget we need
to determine more accurately what can be raised in those
areas and project only that.
Total Expenses are $18,226 worse than budget.
The item "Lab Election," which should be "LSB
Election," is worse than budget by $46,315 mostly because
ballots had to be sent out a second time for last year's
election. That should not happen again for this coming
election, but that's a $46,315 expense that had not been in
the FY10 budget.
Outside Svs-Payroll, Pension is $22,358 worse than
budget, and that's more than ten times what was projected
for the FY10 budget.
The Telephone expense line is worse than budget by
$19,839. The station was supposed to have had a new
telephone system installed early in FY10 and that was
supposed to have saved money over the previous
telephone expenses. That system was not installed by the
end of the second quarter.
The rent line is over budget by $13,597.
Fund Drive Expenses are worse than budget by
$10,682, which is also more than 10 times the budget line
for this. We have asked Management why this is and are
awaiting an answer.
Crafts Fair Expenses, which are actually the expenses
for the Saturday morning ticket sales, are $9,727 worse
than budget. We have asked about this item and have been
told that the arrangement with the person doing the ticket
sales is on a flat fee basis. We are expecting a report from
the Business Manager regarding the details of this
arrangement. We have been told that there is no contract or
formal description of this arrangement in writing.
Cohen moves to add the following language. Seconded.
The WBAI Local Station Board has recommended to
management that it prioritize efforts to reclaim the
hundreds of thousands of dollars pledged by listeners who,
for one reason or another, have not sent in those funds. A
few volunteers took part in contacting the delinquent
pledgers; they managed to recover several thousand dollars
for WBAI over a few evenings' work. But that project was
neither expanded nor sustained. The LSB reiterates that
management should institute an intensive and
systematic outreach process to recover those unpaid
The LSB has repeatedly recommended that management
prioritize sending-out back-premiums owed by WBAI to
those who contributed to WBAI over the last 3 years, and
that a separate procedure and account be set up if need be
to pay for and deliver the premiums ordered. In addition to
the moral responsibility here, WBAI's delinquency in
fulfilling this obligation has cost the station several
hundreds of thousands of dollars as many listeners have
stopped pledging as a result. The WBAI LSB again
affirms the need for management to develop a cohesive
plan for delivering the backlog of premiums owed, and
to prioritize that task.
L. Davis moves to remove words "and even though the
rate of decline may not be as sharp as previous" from the
second paragraph of the report.
Gold move to extend for 10 minuntes. Seconded
Vote on L. Davis amendment fails 7-9.
Vote on Cohen amendment fails 6-9.
Vote to approve report passes 10- 4.
8:16 Chair goes back to Cohen
5. LSB local election supervisor's report, by Nicole Justice
Hylton, our local election supervisor.
8:27 Jager moves to extend for five minutes - no objection.
8:33 Fishman moves 10 minute extension
Kilgour moves 5 minute extention
10 minutes fails
5 minutes passes 12 -4 8:36
Move 2 min extention passes 12-1 8:43
6. Waivers - starts 8:46
Motion by Ross - seconded.
MOTION ESTABLISHING 2010 MEMBERSHIP
Local Station Boards throughout the Pacifica network are
permitted by Article 3, Section 4 of the Pacifica Bylaws to
establish a process to provide waivers of WBAI
membership requirements on a case-by-case basis to
listeners who have "demonstrated a sincere interest in
becoming a Member of the Foundation and [are] also
genuinely unable to afford the contribution amount or to
volunteer the minimum 3 hours of service."
Therefore, the WBAI Local Station Board hereby adopts
the following process for membership waivers:
1. A listener may apply for a membership waiver at any
time during the course of the year. The LSB, meeting in
Executive Session, may approve applications for Waivers
at any time.
2. As the close date for membership approaches, the LSB
hereby establishes an Ad Hoc Waivers Committee to take
up the expected increase of this work.
3. The Committee shall consist of 3 LSB members elected
by the LSB using single transferable voting. No LSB
listener member who is eligible to run for re-election this
year shall serve on this committee. Should a committee
member resign or be unable to serve, the next runner-up
will automatically take his or her place. A quorum of the
committee shall consist of the presence of 2 of the 3
members. The Local Station Board will elect the
committee Chair from among the 3 elected committee
4. A person who wishes to apply for a waiver of
membership requirements must request an application in
writing, email or by telephone to the Chair of the Waivers
Committee or his or her appointee, who will send the
application and a copy of the Pacifica Missions statement
to the applicant within 48 hours. No other distribution of
Waivers forms will be accepted. The Chair of the
committee or his/her designee will keep a log of each
5. The applicant must fill out the form, which will include
a) Name, address, telephone, email address, where s/he
heard of this application and other information deemed
pertinent by the Waivers Committee;
b) a statement that s/he listens to WBAI and has a sincere
interest in becoming a Member of WBAI and the Pacifica
c) a statement that s/he is unable to either contribute $25
owing to financial hardship nor is able to volunteer 3 hours
to WBAI in the course of the year. The applicant must
include a brief statement as to why s/he is unable to
d) signature of the applicant and the date, underneath the
statement: "I attest that all statements in this application
for a waiver are true."
6. No applicant shall be required to appear before the
7. The application for waiver must be received at the
mailbox assigned for this purpose no later than 5 pm on
Monday, June 28, 2010.
8. All waiver applications will be picked up at mutually
agreed times by the Chair and at least one other member of
the Committee (generally, at the time of each meeting).
9. Waiver applications must be reviewed and approved
prior to 11:59 pm of the Election Close Date of June 30,
2010 in order for membership to be conferred on the
applicant for the 2010 LSB election.
10. The Waivers Committee shall review each application
and vote by majority of those present only as to whether
the applicant meets the criteria specified above; if so
determined, the waiver shall be approved.
11. For each approved application, the LSB directs the
Committee to notify the applicant, the Local Election
Supervisor, and the station's Membership Department that
the applicant is to be added to the membership rolls for the
12 months following the approval.
12. For applications that the Committee votes to reject or
deems incomplete as per the requirements listed above, the
Chair of the Committee or his/her appointee shall
immediately notify the applicant (by phone if possible, or
in writing (including email)), that the application has not
been approved. The notification must include a short
statement of the reason for its rejection or the finding of
incomplete information. Such notification shall offer the
applicant the option to resubmit the application with the
required information. At its next meeting, the Committee
will reconsider any application that has been resubmitted.
The Committee shall not be responsible for resubmitted
applications that fail to be approved prior to the June 30th
13. All applications shall be kept confidential, and all
meetings of the Waivers Committee at which individual
applications are discussed shall be held in executive
14. The Committee must complete its work prior to the
June 30th 11:59 pm record date. No application for waiver
of membership requirements shall be considered after that
date. The Committee shall provide a written public report
to the LSB specifying how many applications were
received, approved, rejected, or returned due to incomplete
information, as well as recommendations (if any) to
improve the process in the future. A confidential section of
the report shall include an accounting of any rejections of
applications and the reason for each rejection. At the time
the report is submitted, all applications and documents
relating to applications shall be turned over to the LSB
Secretary, who shall keep custody of them for two years.
The waiver applications and documents relating to them
shall be available for inspection by the Elections
Supervisors upon request and by LSB members in
15. The Local Station Board hereby approves the text of
the waiver form (attached).
16. The Local Station Board hereby approves publicizing
both the existence of the form and process for applying for
17. The Local Station Board hereby approves the making
and broadcasting of on-air carts, which shall include text
summarizing the membership requirements, waiver
process, and contact information for those seeking a
waiver. The cart shall include mention of the June 30,
2010 deadline for becoming a member and obtaining a
ballot in the coming LSB election.
18. This information shall also be placed on the LSB's
outgoing voicemail and on both the LSB and WBAI
Election sections of the WBAI website. We also request
that the information on how to get a waivers application be
disseminated by the station through other means, email
lists, and so forth.
L. Davis offers amendment:
- change committee size to 5 members
- Para 4 "the chair of the committee or his or her
appointee will send copy of mission statement”... (or
- Para 7 due date should be 11:59 PM 6/30
- Para 9 extend deadline for committee to 11:59 PM
- Para 15???
Dale moves to extend by 15 minutes - Fails 11-7.
Roll call on L. Davis amendment by roll call - voted on as
Nia Bediako Y; Delphine Blue N; Tibby Brooks Y; Janet
Coleman N; Russell Dale Y; Lisa Davis Y;
Kathy Davis N; Andrea Fishman N; Sara Flounders Y; Robert Gold N; Seth
Goldberg Y; Jennifer Jager N;
Vajra Kilgour Y; James Ross N; Manijeh Saba A: Max
Schmid N; Alex Steinberg N; Daniel Vila Y
L. Davis amendment fails 8-9.
Policy approved 14-0.
Nominate members for the Waivers Committees
K. Davis, R. Dale, M. Cohen, L. Davis, M. Saba, N.
Bediako nominated. Voting by STV to elect three
L Davis, Cohen, K. Davis elected. Runner-up is Saba.
7. Public comment
8. 9:25 LSB Programming Committee report motion
presented by Steinberg, committee chair:
Proposal for the creation of the WBAI Programming
Be it resolved that the WBAI LSB in partnership with
WBAI Management to initiate a process to create a
Programming Review Board whose mission will be to
review all areas of Programming and report back to LSB.
The structure, scope and rules governing the Programming
Review Board shall be as follows:
1. Composition of the Programming Review Board:
- The members of the Programming Review Board shall
- General Manager
- Program Director
- Department Heads (public affairs, news and arts. The arts
department representative shall be appointed by the
Program Director as long as the position remains officially
- listener representatives elected by the LSB (they can be
either members of the LSB or non-members)
- staff representatives elected by the LSB (they can be
either members of the LSB of non-members)
- representative from AFTRA
- The members of the Programming Review Board that are
elected by the LSB shall serve a one year term as does the
representative from AFTRA.
- Once the members of the Programming Review Board
have been selected, the Programming Review Board will
elect a secretary to record its deliberations and decisions
and to provide regular reports to the LSB. The Program
Director shall serve as Chair of the Programming Review
2. Authority and scope of the Programming Review Board
- The Program Director is responsible for day to day
programming decisions. The Programming Review Board
is responsible for the strategic direction of Programming
and long term programming decisions that the Program
Director will implement.
- The Programming Review Board will review all
programs as to their compliance with the Pacifica Mission,
its bylaws, FCC regulations, and their overall contribution
to WBAI's effort to keep listeners and attract new listeners.
- Ongoing programs are subject to review on a yearly
basis. The review process should make recommendations
to strengthen the program, change its format where
needed, put the program on probation if necessary, or drop
the program altogether.
- Final decisions will be made by the Program Director
based on the advice received from the Programming
- A majority of the Programming Review Board can
appeal any decision of the Program Director. An appeal of
a decision by the Program Director forces a
reconsideration of the decision of the Program Director by
the Programming Review Board. If the Program Director
and the Programming Review Board cannot come to an
agreement after new round of discussion, then a 2/3 vote
of the Programming Review Board can override the
decision of the Program Director and that is the final
- Proposals for new shows must come before the
Programming Review Board. Any person or group
requesting a new program must submit their proposal to
the Programming Review Board and will be scheduled to
present their proposal in person at a time mutually
convenient to both parties.
- The Program Director may at his or her discretion, also
bring before the Programming Review Board a proposal
for new programming. If the PD deems it necessary to act
prior to a meeting of the Programming Review Board, he
or she may introduce a new program on a provisional basis
but the proposal for the new program must be approved at
the very next meeting of the Programming Review Board.
- Frivolous and unserious proposals may be rejected by a
majority vote of the Programming Review Board without
the need of scheduling a formal proposal review.
- If a proposal for a new program is accepted, the Program
Director is mandated to find the proper time in the grid for
airing the program and introducing it to our listeners. The
Program Director cannot unilaterally reject new programs
that have been approved by the Programming Review
Board, but may request that the Programming Review
Board review its decision.
- In that event, if the Programming Review Board returns
once more with a decision to air the new program, that
decision is binding.
- These decisions shall be binding on all staff and
management and can only be overruled by the General
Manager and then only acting in his or her capacity to
protect the license of the station in the event of an
- Written procedures must be developed and published
spelling out the criteria by which programs, both new and
recurring, will be evaluated and what the process will be.
These procedures will be initially developed by the LSB
Programming Committee and subsequently will be
amended by the Programming Review Board itself once it
begins to function.
- The Programming Review Board will hold regular
monthly meetings at the station to which members of the
LSB are invited as observers. Members of the public may
attend by way of invitation of members of the
Programming Review Board or the LSB.
- Emergency meetings may be called by either the
Program Director or the Station Manager on an as needed
5. Review by the LSB
- The Programming Review Board will submit summaries
of its work to the LSB so that the latter body can review
the work of the Programming Review Board in compliance
with its mandated responsibility to review programming.
The reports should be submitted twice a year.
6. Passage of this motion will initiate a 60 day comment
period prior to a final vote by the Local Station Board.
Gold moves to cancel scheduled executive session and
extend public meeting to 10 PM - Fails 8-6.
Point of order by Bediako - motion from programming
committee is out of order. Chair rules that motion is in
Bediako challenges chair ruling that motion is in order.
Roll Call to uphold chair:
Nia Bediako N; Delphine Blue N; Tibby Brooks N;
Janet Coleman N; Russell Dale N; Lisa Davis N;
Kathy Davis N; Andrea Fishman N; Sara Flounders
N; Robert Gold Y; Seth Goldberg N; Jennifer Jager
Y; Vajra Kilgour N; James Ross Y; Manijeh Saba N;
Max Schmid Y; Alex Steinberg Y; Daniel Vila N.
Vote on challenge 5 to uphold chair, 13 to not uphold
Motion to extend for 30 minute - fails 6-6.
Motion to extend 15 minutes for public comment - passes
9. Public comment
WBAI LSB Minutes, April 23, 2008
Minutes of WBAI LSB meeting
April 23, 2008
The meeting was called to order by the Chair, Vajra Kilgour, immediately following the Delegates Assembly at the same location (75 Varick St.), at 8:55 pm.
23 delegates were present (Robert Gold asked to note in minutes that he is unable to attend because he is serving in a human rights commission in Colombia), and that the Chair and Secretary were present. A quorum was attained. Present: Nia Bediako, Carolyn Birden, Tibby Brooks, Steve Brown, Omowale Clay, Mitchel Cohen, Kathy Davis, Lisa Davis, Andrea Fishman, Sara Flounders, Seth Goldberg, Jennifer Jager, Vajra Kilgour, Ray Laforest, Bob Lederer, Lawrence Lucas, R. Paul Martin, Bernardo Palombo, Shawn Rhodes, Anthony Riddle (ex-officio, WBAI General Manager), James Ross,Max Schmid, Berta Silva, Alex Steinberg
All the newly elected delegates were seated, including one replacement delegate for Don Mathison. Mathison had previously submitted a letter of resignation citing reasons of insufficient time to serve on the LSB due to changes in his life since his candidacy. Seth Goldberg was next in line, and he replaced Don Mathison on the WBAI LSB.
Elections to LSB offices and PNB committees, in the following order, were conducted: (* means elected)
Alex Steinberg nominates Mitchel Cohen
Nia Bediako nominates Vajra Kilgour
*Mitchel Cohen 13, Vajra Kilgour 10
Mitchel Cohen elected Chair
After election, and a brief expression of thanks and summary of some of the achievements of the previous LSB by the old Chair, the gavel was passed to the new Chair for the remainder of the meeting.
An agenda was submitted by the Chair for consideration and approved.
B. Vice Chair:
Bob Lederer nominates Lawrence Lucas
Carolyn Birden nominates Andrea Fishman
*Andrea Fishman 13, Lawrence Lucas 10
Andrea Fishman elected Vice-Chair
C. Vajra Kilgour nominates Berta Silva
Seth Goldberg nominates Carla Cubit
Jamie Ross nominates Seth Goldberg
First Round: Seth Goldberg 10, Berta Silva 9, Carla Cubit 3
Second Round *Seth Goldberg 13, Berta Silva 9
Seth Goldberg elected Secretary
Vajra Kilgour nominates Baruti Bediako
Jamie Ross Nominates R. Paul Martin
*R. Paul Martin 13, Baruti Bediako 10
R Paul Martin Elected Treasurer
E: PNB Audit Committee (elect 2): *Seth Goldberg 12, *Lisa Davis 9, Steve Brown 1
F: PNB Elections Committee: (elect 2): *Steve Brown 12, *Bob Lederer 8, Alex Steinberg 1
G: PNB Governance Committee: (elect 2) *R. Paul Martin 12, *Vajra Kilgour 7, Paul Taylor 1
H: PNB Program Committee: (elect 2) *Jennifer Jager 12, *Lisa Davis 7, Andrea Fishman 1
I: PNB Anti Racism and Anti Sexism Committee (elect 2): *Mitchel Cohen 13, *Lisa Davis 7
J: PNB Technology Committee (elect 2): *Andrea Fishman 11, *Bob Lederer 7, Max Schmid 2
K: Committee of Inclusion(elect 3): *Ray LaForest 7, *Robert Gold 7, *Bernardo Palombo 6
L: PNB Director Committee of Inclusion (elect 1): *Kathy Davis 12, Nia Bediako 7
Volunteer Committees for which no election is necessary
Affiliates Committee: Ray Laforest, Bernardo Palombo, and Shawn Rhodes volunteered.
Archives Committee: Tibby Brooks, Berta Silva, and Max Schmid volunteered.
Sealed envelopes with ballots were given to the Sec'y for archiving.
Public comments were interspersed and heard for approximately 40 minutes, while awaiting the counting of votes.
The LSB heard a brief statement by the WBAI general manager (a summary will be appended if possible).
New business, discussion then turned to
- possible dates for further LSB meetings;
- the possibility of choosing a single permanent date for future LSB meetings.
Motion by Birden: "To establish a permanent LSB meeting schedule."
Motion by Andrea Fishman: "Poll all the LSB members to: 1) Set the next meeting date; 2) In the interim, poll the boardmembers for their regular availability; 3) At the next meeting, based on this information, set a regular meeting date."
Motion "Wed, May 21st will be the date for the next LSB meeting, location to be determined."
Adjourned at 11:07 pm.
Seth Goldberg, Secretary