October 2005 LSB Meeting Records

KPFA Local Station Board Meeting minutes October 22nd, 2005:


KPFA Local Station Board and Special Delegates’ Meetings
Saturday, October 22, 2005, at 11:00 AM
Freight and Salvage Coffee House
1111 Addison Street, Berkeley, CA.

11:21AM: Meeting called to order: Intros and Announcements:

Present for all or part of the meeting: Howard Beeman, Mary Berg, Max Blanchet, Brian Edwards-Tiekert, Riva Enteen, Ted Friedman, Sherry Gendelman, Annie Hallatt, Chandra Hauptman, Mark Hernandez, Sepideh Khosrowjah, Attila Nagy, Rosalinda Montes Palacios, Eric Park, Richard Phelps, Sarv Randhawa, Willie Ratcliff, Lisa Rothman, Fadi Saba, Bonnie Simmons, Marnie Tattersall, Joe Wanzala, William Walker, LaVarn Williams. Roy Campanella (GM), David Shapiro (parliamentarian).

11:38AM: Vote to Excuse Members’ Absences: Debbie Speer is ill; she is excused without objection.

11:40AM: Review/Approve Agenda: Sarv moves to approve agenda. Seconded. JW moves to make Item #12-3 (RMP’s removal as chair) become #6 (preceding GM report). BET amends JW’s motion to move #12-3 to #9-2 (following PersCom #9-1, which is agendized as special order of the day). Discussion. RP moves to call the question.

11:54PM: VOTE to end debate: 14 yes, 4 no, 2 abstain. Debate is closed.

VOTE on BET’s motion: 8 yes, 12 no. FAILS.

MB: Point of Order: Since #9-1 is an order of the day, would require 2/3 to change the order. Chair sustains this.

RP: Appeals Chair‘s ruling. At this point, BS takes over as Chair Pro Tem, rules RP’s appeal dilatory. RP appeals this ruling also. VOTE to uphold Chair’s (BS’s) ruling: 9 yes, 13 no. Chair overruled. Discussion proceeds on RP’s first appeal

12:10PM: RE calls question. VOTE: 12 yes, 7 no. FAILS (requires 2/3 majority). Debate continues.

12:18PM: Max requests a roll call vote on RP’s appeal. VOTE to have roll call vote: 13 yes, 8 no, 2 abstentions.

12:20PM: VOTE to uphold Chair’s ruling: 10 YES: MB, BET, SG, AH, MH, RMP, EP, Sarv, Lisa, WW.

13 NO: Max, RE, TF, Chandra, SK, AN, RP, WR, FS, MT, JW, LW. Chair overruled.

VOTE to move #12-3 to become #6, before GM’s report: 13 yes, 10 no. PASSES.

12:27PM: Consent Calendar: MT pulls meeting date item, then withdraws her objection. The item stands.

The next regular meeting of the LSB will be Saturday, November 19th, at 1:00PM at the Freight & Salvage.

12:30PM: Max moves to approve 9/17 minutes as amended (date was missing from header). Approved without objection

12:30PM: Wanzala’s motion to remove RMP as Chair, with election of new chair to follow immediately if she is removed. Debate commences.

12:35PM: BET has POI (question) re contradiction in bylaws language that chair serves for 1 year/ serves at pleasure of the body. Also, requests ruling whether a trial is required. Chair postpones ruling until later in the discussion. MH moves to divide. VOTE: 10 yes, 13 no. FAILS.

12:45PM: GM asks to be excused, as his report has already been submitted and debate on this item will be so lengthy. He is excused. The GM report is appended to these minutes.

12:50PM. RP calls the question. VOTE: 13 yes, 10 no. FAILS. Debate continues.

1:00PM: CH calls question. VOTE: 12 yes, 10 no. Debate continues.

1:35PM: Max calls question. VOTE: 12 yes, 8 no. Debate continues.

1:48PM: In ruling whether removal of Chair requires trial, in view of bylaws’ contradictory language, Chair Pro Tem proposes a vote, so that the resulting interpretation can be entered into the minutes and be the basis for future decisions. VOTE: 10 yes, 12 no. Removal of chair does not require a trial.

1:54PM: ROLL CALL VOTE to remove RMP as Chair: PASSES.

12 yes: Max, RE, TF, Chandra, SK, AN, RP, WR, FS, MT, JW, LW.

10 no: MB, BET, SG, AH, MH, RMP, EP, Sarv, Lisa, WW.

1 abstain: HB.

2:00- 2:15PM: Break

2:15PM: Election of new chair. AH nominates BS.

MH nominates CH (declines)

JW nominates RP

MB nominates WR (declines)

VOTE: RP 12, BS 10. RP elected chair.

2:27-2:50PM: Public Comment

2:50PM: Treasurer’s Report. MT presents current income statement, with actuals through August ‘05.

3:10PM: PersCom Proposed GM Evaluation Procedure. Discussion.

3:48PM: SK moves to strike #4-c (contact persons for … KPFA programs) from Page 1, Day 8, and instead to send a letter to those persons inviting feedback.

3:55PM: VOTE: 5 yes, 10 no. FAILS. Debate on main motion continues. BET clarifies that the original data will be available. RP requests that all three averaging methods – mode, median and mean – be used.

Max amends to include (under #4, Day 8) the three community Program Council reps in the general survey

VOTE: 13 yes, 3 no, 1 abstention. PASSES.

4:03PM: VOTE on main motion (GM Evaluation Procedure) as amended: 15 yes, 2 no. PASSES.

4:04PM: BET moves MH replace him on PNB Audit Committee. PASSES without objection.

4:05PM: Adjourn to Delegates’ Meeting to Consider Proposed Bylaws Amendment. After explanation and discussion of the two proposed amendment versions, Max moves to divide, and to approve the Terry Goodman (2nd) version. Also, MH moves to reject the 1st version and approve the Terry Goodman version. APPROVED.

4:17PM: Meeting Adjourned.


CONSENT CALENDAR APPROVED: The next regular meeting of the LSB will be Saturday, November 19th, at 1:00PM at the Freight & Salvage.





In a Delegate election year, the nominations for vacating seats shall open on June 24th and remain open for sixty-two (62) days, closing on AUGUST 25th. The national and local election supervisors shall thereafter prepare the written ballots for each radio station, listing all of the candidates and setting forth all other information required by these Bylaws. Ballots shall be mailed, or otherwise made available, to the Members on SEPTEMBER 30 (or the following business day if SEPTEMBER 30 is a mail holiday). To be counted a ballot must be received on or before November 15th (the “Election Close Date”). All ballots shall be held sealed until the Election Close Date. If the required quorum of ballots is not received by the Elections Close Date, then the Elections Close Date shall be extended by two additional weeks. The national and local elections supervisors shall have up to 15 days after the Election Close Date to count the ballots and to certify the results to the LSBs, the Board, and the Members, which results must be reported by December 1st or, if the Election Close Date was extended, by December 15th, and shall be posted on the Foundation’s and the radio stations’ websites. If no quorum of ballots is obtained by the extended date, then those Delegates whose terms would have expired upon the election of new Delegates shall remain in office until the next regularly scheduled Delegate election. Member Record Date will be AUGUST 16.

General Manager Report to the Local Station Board for October ’05:

The following report covers part one of an in-depth perspective on the results of KPFA’s Fall Fund Drive. I examine our station’s performance for the initial ten days of the drive (October 11-20). Next month I’ll focus on the remainder of the drive and other areas.

Fall Fund Drive

The Fall Fund Drive runs from Tuesday, October 11th to Friday morning, October 28th. One of these days, Saturday, October 15th, was dedicated to raising funds for the Hurricane Katrina relief effort. Specifically, we will divide these funds between the Vanguard Foundation and the Tipitina Foundation. KPFA successfully raised $47,326 on October 15th. About $42,000 will be divided evenly between them. The remainder will cover the cost of premiums and shipping.

Currently, we have allocated slightly less than 17 days to meet our goal of $1,000,000. KPFA must average about $61,000 per day in fund drive revenues. In terms of current cash balances KPFA entered the drive in a strong position. By the end of September we had about $300,000 in the KPFA checking account and approximately $677,000 in our savings fund. The $300,000 in our checking account is only $60,000 short of fulfilling the PNB’s requirement to have one month operating expenses.

At the end of the initial nine days of this fund drive, not including the one day devoted to Hurricane Katrina relief, KPFA has a total of $492,395 in pledges. The following are daily pledge totals: Tuesday (Oct. 11th) $57124; Wednesday (Oct. 12th) $59,938; Thursday (Oct. 13th) $68,188; Friday (Oct. 14th) $43,000; Saturday (Katrina relief); Sunday (Oct. 16th) $46,534; Monday (Oct. 17th) $42,471; Tuesday (Oct. 18th) $49,035; Wednesday (Oct. 19th) $49,845; and Thursday (Oct. 20th) $76,260.

KPFA’s weekday morning line-up of Democracy Now! at 6:00 am, The Morning Show from 7:00 to 9:00 am and the re-run of Democracy Now! at 9:00 am accounts for $219,421 in pledges. In other words, our 6:00 am to 10:00 am weekday line-up, only two programs, is thus far responsible for about 45% of our revenues this fund drive.

The early afternoon weekday line-up from noon to 3:00 pm regularly performs well, contributing a total of $78,003 or about 15% of our current pledge total. The strongest revenue performers in this line-up are Living Room, Against the Grain, Guns & Butter, Visionary Artist, Your Own Health & Fitness, Women’s Magazine, Herbal Highway, About Health, Explorations, and Bay Native Circle. Two excellent programs, Making Contact and Counterspin, are unfortunately our weakest revenue performers in this line-up.

KPFA’s weekday late afternoon line-up from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm includes Hard Knock Radio, Flashpoints, and the Evening News. Flashpoints has regularly accounted for 7% of total revenues during various fund drives. At this point in our fund drive Flashpoints has earned $51,657 or almost 11% of our total revenues. Hard Knock Radio has earned $15,599 or about 3% of total pledges. The KPFA Evening News has earned $15,205 or about 3%. In other words, our afternoon weekday drive-time line-up accounts for about 17% or total revenues.

In the weekday evenings from 7:00 pm to 11:00 pm, four programs have distinguished themselves are relatively strong revenue performers: The Bonnie Simmons Show, Voices of the Middle East & North Africa, Hear & Now, and Full Circle.

Sunday Salon is a very strong revenue performer, usually earning 5% of total revenues. Thus far it has earned $22,550 or slightly less than 5%.

The remainder of KPFA’s Sunday line-up from 6:00 am to 5:00 pm has consistently solid performers: Across the Great Divide, Panhandle Country, A Musical Offering, and America’s Back 40.

Currently, KPFA’s daily average fund drive revenue is $54,710. This is about $7,000 less than the amount necessary to reach our fund drive goal within the existing schedule. If our per day average fails to increase it may be necessary to extend the fund drive to include all of Friday, October 28th, or explore other options.