Monday, June 24, 2013

Count Down to KBOOM Board Meeting! Part 3: Ed Kraus produces sensible plan sure to be ignored

Kraus Raus pleads for sanity today:

Regarding the June 24th Board Meeting

There's recently been an unprecedented amount of time set aside for public (member) input regarding the staff policy issues, beginning with multiple hours of a special meeting May 4th, and the replacement of an entire regular board meeting agenda on June 3rd with public comments.   It's crucial to the existence of KBOO as a non-profit that the board meets and takes care of it's business, otherwise the radio station everyone cares about will suffer.
I'm going to suggest that people remember that at a board meeting, only board members can make motions, debate those motions, and vote.  I've already sent my concerns to Board President Conser that the last meeting failed to conduct business, and that without returning to a ten minute public input format, governance at KBOO will have ground to a halt.
Please choose motions to ask board members to introduce wisely.  If more public input is desired, then ask for a motion to schedule another informational meeting.  Frankly, in my observation the on-line debate has surpassed any public meeting for it's variety and passion and I don't see another long meeting serving any purpose.  But please let the board do it's business without interruption.  Things that don't get on the agenda for one night might get deferred.  Let the board make these decisions without mob rule.
Please also make a recording of the meeting, and have it on the KBOO website asap.  It's easy, just put a recorder on auto-gain, mp3 64kbs and put it in the middle of the table.  This way if people want to spin who said what, there's a record.
Battle lines clearly are being drawn for the argument about Thom Hartmann, about access vs underdog and the like.  Who knew what a simple blog post at KBOO could spark?  The upcoming board elections will be pivotal, let's have those conversations over the summer and see what happens in the fall.
In the meanwhile ... there are many special events planned at KBOO that need to be a success including remote broadcasts and other things including fund-raising that I'm told will be announced soon.  Let's make sure KBOO survives till the fall elections and then we'll see where to go from there.
Ed Kraus
 Then suggests a sensible plan to air Thom Hartmann, without disrupting local programming, that he claims is not rocket surgery:

Here's how I'd add Thom Hartmann

Facts are that we don't have to do all three hours to get the show on air.  We can do one, two, or three hours as we please.  We also don't have to air live, so we can tape delay.  Possible solutions without eliminating local produced content are
1)  Eliminate repeat of Democracy Now in the 4pm strip - run one hour of Hartmann.  This would then feed listeners nicely into the evening news at 5pm.
2)  Do the same as 1) but instead move repeat of DN to the 7pm strip, eliminate Hard Knock.
3)  Drop repeat of DN and HN, Run two hours of Hartmann from 4pm to 6pm, shift the evening news and other content block back one hour to begin at 6pm.
Run Hartmann with promotion through the fall membership drive, and see how well it does.  Re-evaluate towards the end of the year.
People, it's not that hard to try, and it's not rocket science.  And we don't have to dump local programming to bring new listeners and members to KBOO.

 WHATEVER.  Didn't he get the memo?    HARTMANN = EVIL

1 comment:

  1. Traitor Kraus:

    "But please let the board do it's business without interruption."

    Glorious Leader:

    "If the level of attendance feels rancorous to some, it will feel empowering to anyone who cares about moving forward with people-controlled media."

    Which is more important - have the board proceed with tedious, dull "business", or savoring the glory of "feeling empowered"? Huh? Huh?

    The answer is obvious, Comrades!