Thursday, June 13, 2013

KBOO Strategic Plan: Chapter 1

As blogged before, this insidious top down corporate plan to transform KBOO into a successful fiscally stable radio resource was drawn up by the fiendish PARC Resources:

Even though it predate the Fitchites, and makes our attempts to blame Fitch awkward and misguided, it is worth reviewing.  THIS IS THE ROADMAP OF OPPRESSION COMRADES.  Read it well and be aware of just HOW FAR the enemy will go to derail the revolution.

We also need filler until Our Glorious leader issues new directives.   This document is supposed to be in text somewhere on the website(besides the pdf download), but good luck finding anything in that hell hole of disastrous webdesign.  

Clearly the also the work of Fitch.  WILL HER PERFIDY EVER END?

-Meresa Titchell


CHAPTER 1: History of KBOO Community Radio

KBOO Today

KBOO is a community radio station based in Portland, Oregon. The station provides music,culture, news and public affairs to listeners in the Portland metro area, which includes Vancouver, WA, as well as Corvallis and Hood River and outlying areas. KBOO broadcasts every day of the year, 24 hours per day on air and also offers two audio streams via its website. Further, the station is universally accessible to the public via a Public Radio Tuner app for iPhone or iPod.

The KBOO Foundation is a not-for-profit corporation that owns and operates the radio station. The station’s professional memberships include the National Federation of Community Broadcasters, West Coast Public Radio, Pacifica Foundation and the Consortium for Public Broadcasting in Oregon.

 KBOO is Community Radio, which is defined by certain common characteristics that KBOO shares with other similar stations. The radio format is non-commercial, educational, and locally based. Further, the station depends on community support, local control, and unique programming, which distinguish it as a community radio station. The format is especially potent because community broadcasting invigorates local communities and adds local voices to the media environment, which is increasingly nationalized, consolidated and pre-packaged for mass audiences.

As a 501(c) (3) not-for-profit organization, KBOO is dedicated to peace, justice, democracy, human rights, multiculturalism, environmentalism, freedom of expression, and social change.

History of KBOO – The Beginning

KBOO Community Radio began in the 1960’s when a group of local citizens in Portland, Oregon wanted a classical music radio station. Disappointed by the absence of such a station, the group organized themselves as Portland Listener Supported Radio in 1964.

The group of local Portland citizens was inspired to develop a community radio station because of the influence of Pacifica Foundation’s KPFA radio station that had been founded in 1949 and had pioneered the concept and the philosophies of a community-based radio station in Berkeley, CA. Friends, family and the community told the founder, Lewis Hill, that non-commercial, listener-supported community radio would never work. However, the concept was successful and spawned numerous community radio stations throughout the country.

The example of KPFA certainly inspired a group of passionate and committed Portlanders who created KBOO based on the model that had been developed by Lewis Hill. One of KPFA’s former volunteers had created a similar station in Seattle with the call letters KRAB. When the Portland group approached him for guidance, Lorenzo Milam agreed to help them organize a station. After several planning sessions, Portland Listener Supported Radio applied for and received a radio license.

A former community radio volunteer from Seattle, David Calhoun, packed up his VW with a transmitter from KRAB and moved south, once the group received its radio license. Thanks to a diverse group of approximately thirty volunteers from the Portland area, the group procured the basic requirements that would enable them to begin broadcasting. From a donated basement room on Third and Salmon Streets in downtown Portland, the group had just enough room for two tape recorders and one turntable.

At a cost of less than $4000, KBOO Community radio was on the air in June of 1968. With a total output of only ten watts less than an average light bulb and a monthly station budget of $50, the dedicated group of volunteers had created a powerful, innovative and community-driven media source on Portland’s radio airwaves.

Although at first KBOO was only on the air when a volunteer was available to flip a switch and activate the repeater signal from KRAB in Seattle, the station began to get local attention as an exciting source for community-driven programming. KBOO volunteers began remote recordings at local cultural, political and community meetings and events. Notable artists were invited to the KBOO studio for interviews and performances. Local poets discovered this innovative medium for their work; and KBOO became popular as a source for new and underground music that spanned the range from classical to rock to folk music.

KBOO began to attract listeners in greater numbers and financial support from listenersubscribers began to offset KBOO’s operating costs, although the organization’s budget was still subsistence level. Also, KBOO’s volunteer base began to grow and diversify, which resulted in an increase of local-origin programming. During the summer of 1970, KBOO installed a 1000- watt transmitter that enabled KBOO to be heard in much of Northwest Oregon, which further increased the station's audience and subscriptions.

By this point, KBOO had outgrown its studio and moved to a storefront on SE Belmont Street near 31st Avenue. Volunteers lined the makeshift studio walls with egg cartons for sound insulation, the restroom graffiti achieved local notoriety for its depth and sheer quantity, and two desks were shared by everyone.

In 1972, the station formalized its commitment to serving the public and incorporated as a nonprofit organization under the name of the KBOO Foundation. By 1973, the staff had grown to five, with about 50 active volunteers, and approximately 600 subscribers donated an average of $20 a year. The station applied for and was awarded an $80,000 federal grant to help purchase equipment. These numerous accomplishments positioned KBOO for the next phase of development and growth, which would be fulfilling, challenging and stimulating for the organization and the community that it had created around it, as well as for the broader Oregon community that had come to appreciate KBOO for its unique “spin” on community radio.

History of KBOO – 1975 to 1990

By 1975 the KBOO Foundation had grown to embrace 800+ members and the Foundation

elected its first Board of Directors. This step was important in procuring the license and

ownership of the station, which enabled KBOO to relinquish its relationship with KRAB radio

and its parent company, Jack Straw Memorial Foundation. Although this relationship had been

vital to KBOO’s growth and development, it was now time for the Portland station to stand alone

and assert its place as a fully competent and independent radio station for the people of Oregon.

KBOO continued to grow and mature and in 1977 the station moved to SW Yamhill Street.

Also, this significant moment in KBOO’s history saw the station transition to a 24-hour

broadcasting schedule. Further, KBOO was broadcasting at 12,500 watts. KBOO enjoyed rapid

growth in its new downtown location when subscribers soared from 1,200 in early 1978 to well

above 2,000 by 1980. Volunteers increased as well to approximately 300 volunteers by the end

of the 1970’s. This growth drew national attention as one of the strongest volunteer programs in

the nation.

In 1980, KBOO hired its first new director and began regular new productions. Then in 1981,

when urban renewal in downtown Portland forced a search for a new home, KBOO found its

present location at 20 SE Eighth Avenue. Through a massive volunteer effort, a new station was

created from what was previously an empty warehouse. This move bolstered the organization’s

strength as a community presence, increased their self-sufficiency and amplified the possibilities

for expansion of all aspects of their business.

In the early '80s, KBOO broadened its commitment to multicultural programming by adding new

Spanish- and Asian-language programming. African-American musical programming was added

in 1981 and in 1984, KBOO introduced a strip of Hispanic programming. Also, the station’s

News and Public Affairs Director, along with a group of volunteers, created a nightly newscast,

which was supplemented by a new wire service and national newscast from Pacifica Radio.

By the mid-1980’s KBOO had raised enough funds to purchase its building and KBOO was in

the black for the first time in memory. The building purchase was completed in 1986. KBOO

boosted its power to 23,000 watts and began broadcasting in stereo for the first time. Another

major federal grant in 1987 enabled KBOO to upgrade studio equipment, a satellite dish was

added on the roof, and the station bought a remote transmitter, which enabled live remote

broadcasts of community events.

History of KBOO – Modern Expansion and New Technologies

During the 1990’s KBOO continued its expansion into areas outside of the Portland Metro Area.

The station set up a translator in White Salmon, Washington that enabled the station to broadcast

into the Columbia Gorge and also installed a translator in the Corvallis area that enabled KBOO

to reach audiences in the Mid-Willamette Valley.

In 1991, KBOO moved its transmitter to a new location on the 550-foot KGON tower on

Portland's West Hills. The antenna is now 300 feet higher than before, which gives the station

much broader range. Also, the station increased its wattage to 26,500. Excited listeners reported

hearing KBOO clearly from the Oregon Coast and the outskirts of Eugene for the first time.

At noon on July 31, 1999, KBOO began streaming online via its website. KBOO now enjoys a

worldwide listenership, and continues to receive feedback and financial support from listeners as

far away as Japan and Europe.

History of KBOO – The First Decade of the 21st Century – 2000 to 2010

KBOO is important to the community it serves because of its unique market share, which

includes distinctive programming and voices. In the first years of the new century KBOO found

itself competing for listeners with other local radio stations and also with the advent and

subsequent widespread use of portable media. These factors have caused a decline in

membership revenues and listenership. KBOO recognized that it must evolve and diversify in

order to move forward, to remain viable, and to attract new and different audiences and


The strategic planning came at a critical time for KBOO. At this key point, the KBOO board and

staff made the important decision to come together and plan for their future. They knew that it

was important to look not only at the short-term impacts of the reductions of members and

listeners to the organization, but also at the long-term effects. They also knew they had spent

many years building a strong organization and an array of programming and community

outreach that the community relied on.

To this end, KBOO initiated this strategic planning process, which began in 2010 and culminated in 2011. The charge was to provide the organization with a five-year strategic plan that clearly states goals, strategies, action steps and timelines for achieving these goals. Additionally, KBOO took a hard look at the organization’s internal needs and abilities in developing a

financial plan and fundraising strategy for the same time period. Above all, this planning

process symbolizes the organization’s commitment to a future that is full of new and renewed

opportunities for evolution and expansion. KBOO is dedicated to thriving for another fifty years

and beyond.


  1. "We also need filler until Our Glorious leader issues new directives."

    Glorious Leader continues to offer new directives, Comrades - just not publicly-available ones!

    Remember, Cadres Decide Everything!

  2. As part of our plan to revamp the programming for the new fascist Zombie KBOO, we have noted that the largest truly unserved radio population in the Portland area is the more than 100,000 Russians currently residing in and around Portland. Naturally, "progressive" KBOO has paid no attention to them.

    In order to remedy this gap, and to highlight the key cultural institution for Portland Russians, KBOO will start providing live Russian-language broadcasts from the Portland Slavic Baptist Church every Sunday morning!

    Not only will this remedy an obvious gap in KBOO's foreign language programming, but it will enable KBOO listeners to partake of the Good News of Our Lord Jesus Christ (well, if you speak Russian).

    Forward, Comrades!

  3. Apologies for bad formatting, Comrades. Working on it.

  4. Sekrit Objective received via email, new enemy of the people, Board Member Hadrian:

    From: mark sherman

    Wednesday, June 12th, 4:16 PM

    to Jill

    Hi folks,

    I would like to hear from all of you.

    Jill Severson and I attend the governance committee meeting. There are five board members that sit on this committee: Matthew, Jeff, Rabia, Michael, and Hadrian (chair). As there was no quorum, there was no meeting. Hadrian was kind enough to discuss our concerns. Hadrian was the only board member to show up for this meeting--a committee he helped create in which members have no potential vote. It went down hill from here.

    Hadrian spoke to us for over two hours, explaining his interpretation of how the board functions and how the bylaws and the new board policy manual are used to guide the board.

    These are the most unsettling issues that Hadrian brought up

    KBOO is not a member organization, but a public benefit corporation. The members pay their dues for a better Portland. Once we elect our board members they are under no obligation, legal or otherwise, to listen to any member. Our only option for input at board meetings, are two 10 minute public comment slots and through committees.

    All of the current members who are concerned about KBOO's problems are organized by a select few programmers who are opposed to any change. None of us have valid concerns because we are manipulated by the few. He called us all "friends of the [kboo] staff", "incestuous", and "the kboo club". Hadrian: "Really what you have is a MOB."

    The staff is unmanageable. At least 3 need to be fired. He said repeatedly that all staff need to be fired, when he stated, "Get me a new staff"... although when asked, it was clear he did not mean the Executive Director.

    Hadrian will NOT support any effort where members ask the board to rescind the corporate oriented board policy manual. He sees himself as Gatekeeper and Knower of correct board policy as chair of the recently created governance committee, offering to educate us at his own [future] training.

  5. It was too long so I had to break it up, continued...

    The membership votes for board members and can recall board members. This is one of our few forms of participation in governance at KBOO. Hadrian invited us to recall him. This is a good idea. Thanks Hadrian.

    Even though Ms. Fitch said she would not make any programming changes, Hadrian stated this was incorrect, and he would work to correct that misconception.

    He believes KBOO needs to recruit board members and advisory committee members from outside the organization. These people would be ethnically diverse leaders already established in the greater community, with a following. They would then advise KBOO as to who to put on the air. What would happen to the current, active programming committee is unclear. These outsider leaders can simply send in their membership dues just before they are appointed.

    It is unacceptable to have anyone sit as a board member who has no respect for the KBOO membership or staff. I would call him hostile to the membership. All criticism is discounted as being controlled by a select few, "friends of (long-term) staff".

    Now for the good news. Hadrian is running for another term on the board in September. We can do one of 3 things:

    Ask the board to vote him off the island

    Take up his kind offer to recall him immediately

    Recall him at the next annual meeting

    Please consider: If you want to recall Hadrian, it will take 20 - 30 volunteers working a few hours a day to gain sufficient signatures to call for a special meeting. Then we'll need to get 300 members show up and vote. It takes 2/3 of the members voting to recall a board member. Depending on how the next board meeting goes, we may need to ask more board members to step down.

    See what you are missing by not going to committee meetings 8-)

    Mark Sherman


    I would never have believed anyone could say these things and be on a KBOO board. I am glad that Jill was there as well. The non-committee meeting was worse than this. These are simply the highlights.

    1. Thank you Comrade!!! The Inner Party Loyalty Investigative Committee will look into Comrade Hadrian's activities ASAP!

  6. What type of "corporation" is KBOO?
    According to the Oregon Secretary of State, Public Benefit Corporation with Members, see below.

    097618-18 DNP ACT OREGON 06-22-1972 06-22-2014
    Foreign Name

  7. HOW DARE BOARD MEMBER HADRIAN think KBOO as a Public Benefit Corporation, using as a not-for profit educational license from the FCC, serve anyone but THE SECRET CADRE! WE ALL KNOW WHO KBOO SERVES, OUR MINIONS AND THEIR FRIENDS!!

    THE NERVE that KBOO should serve the community of it's license!!!!