Redwood Community Radio - Board of Directors
Nov. 11, 2014 – 3:30
Healy Senior Center, Redway, CA
I. Call to order: Meeting ground rules; opening comments from the President
II. Roll call: MEMBERS’ REPS – President Siena Klein, Julia Minton, Cody “Comfy” Dillon. PROGRAMMERS’ REPS – Marcy Stein, Secretary Jack Frybulous, Vice-president Dan Murphy. BOARD-APPOINTED – Christine Doyka, Mark Marchese. [The search to identify a Treasurer goes on.] Station Manager Jeanette Todd (ex-officio).
III. Approval of (October) minutes
IV. Approval of agenda
V. Open time - Speakers will be assigned an amount of time not to exceed five minutes.
VI. Management report
VII. Discussion / questions for Management
VIII. Consent calendar
A. Policies 6.10, 6.10.1, 6.10.2: Fairness Doctrine (aka “Fair Access to the Airwaves”) – 2nd consideration. 6.10 ~ Programmers can say (in decent language) what they think, although with some exceptions, including: endorsements of ballot measures and political candidates (including themselves); initiating talk about KMUD issues without first informing KMUD Management; and personal messages. Talk show hosts and engineers when on-air represent RCR, and as such are “the voice of KMUD.” They not only need to carefully choose their words, but must also be knowledgeable about relevant FCC, CPB and RCR policies and procedures. Talk show hosts must give other sides a fair shake. This means that talk shows (other than regularly scheduled news programs) are encouraged to include and expose all sides of an issue. At least 25% (ideally 50%) of the time of each call-in talk show will be open to callers. (The Public Affairs Program Director may make exceptions to this, for example when a host needs to pre-record a show, or produce a show with an alternate format.) Hosts of call-in shows shall make a statement early in the show that everyone is welcome to call in. Hosts must allow all callers to express themselves on the show, especially those with opposing views. However, talk show hosts may at the start broadcast a message describing another format, such as “This show will take comments and questions, but will answer callers off-air.” Opposing views are not required to receive equal airtime; only a reasonable amount of time. Engineers will disconnect callers who use “the seven dirty words” [piss, shit, fuck, cunt, tits, cocksucker, motherfucker] or express obscene or indecent imagery, and then briefly explain to listeners what happened. Engineers generally need to refrain from adding their own content to the show, and should generally remain neutral. However, a host may invite the engineer to contribute their thoughts, with clear parameters. Engineers should never deliver the last words of a show’s content. They should also not be expressing their views while callers are on hold. 6.10.1 ~ Program proposals shall be submitted to Program Directors, and will be acknowledged in a timely manner (for example, within two weeks of the next meeting of the Program Selection and Review Council). RCR seeks to achieve a balance of diverse programming that encompasses the RCR Mission Statement. 6.10.2 ~ Any unresolved issues and all grievances regarding RCR Fair Access to the Airwaves must be submitted in writing, and should follow the RCR Problem Solving Procedure [policy 5.1.5].
B. Policy 7.6.1: Children at the station ~ Redwood Community Radio encourages children and other youth to participate in programming, and a positive family environment, both inside and outside the station. A parent or other designated adult will supervise all children inside the station, including when programming. If the on-air programmer feels like children present in the station are disrupting or interrupting the broadcast or related activities, then RCR supports their right to ask the parent responsible for the children to remove them, and will do so in a way that is in alignment with KMUD's Family Values.
C. Policies 5.4.7 and 126.96.36.199: Vacation – 2nd consideration. 5.4.7 ~ Redwood Community Radio is bound by our own Mission Statement and ethical values to support fair treatment of employees including a living wage and other benefits. The Board considers the lack of any health or dental coverage for employees as a critical factor. Since health or dental coverage does not appear financially feasible in the near future, time off becomes the essential benefit: a key component to healing, stress management, and holistic health. All calculations are based on a ‘full time’ 40-hour per week schedule. Other employee schedules are to be prorated. This policy replaces and supersedes all earlier policies. The changes are not retroactive, that is, time accrued before the date of the passage of this policy shall not be affected. 188.8.131.52 ~ Vacation time accrues from the first day of employment and can be used after the completion of thirty days of employment. Vacation time must be accrued before it can be used. The accrual factor is based upon a 40-hour work week. 8 days for the first year, 10 days the second year, 15 days after 5 years and 20 days per year thereafter. There will be a limit of one year of unused vacation time earnings for the year that the vacation day is based upon. Unused vacation days will be paid out each December. Vacation days may only be converted to a cash payout upon separation. RCR strongly encourages each paid employee to use vacation time each year. The intent is 1) that each employee actually gets an annual rest; and 2) that prolonged absences not negatively impact RCR. Exempt employees will accrue vacation hours based on actual hours worked. Notification: Employees will communicate with the Station Manager before approval of vacation plans. The Station Manager is required to notify the Board of his/her vacation plans before approval. Four weeks notice is recommended. Exceptions may be made in unusual circumstances.
D. Board officer appointments: Siena Klein, President; Dan Murphy, Vice-president; Jack Frybulous, Secretary; Treasurer [vacant].
IX. Finance Committee report
X. Unfinished business
A. Policy on use of reserves (with new language)
B. Elections – need programmers’ portion
C. Revision of Mgmt Eval procedures [policy 5.4.3]
D. Newsroom autonomy policy
E. Vice-president’s job description
XI. New business
A. 1st draft 2015 budget
i. Board commitment to personal fund-raising?
B. appointments to Mgmt Eval Com
C. Syndication policy
D. 2015 Programmers’ Agreement
E. Appreciation Celebration budget, action?
F. Policy re: end-of-year payout
G. Fund-raising and outreach 2015 schedule
A. Programmers’ Reps.
B. Members’ Reps.
C. Community Advisory Boards
D. Correspondence Secretaries
E. Development Com.
i. Pledge Drive subcom.
F. Policy Com.
G. Mediation Com.
H. Management Evaluation Com.
I. Transition Com.
J. Elections Com.
K. Networking Com.
XIII. Schedule - monthly meeting times of Committees
Unless otherwise noted, all meetings take place at KMUD, 1144 Redway Dr., Redway, CA.
If you plan on attending a meeting, it would be wise to confirm no changes have taken place.
A. Board of Directors 1st Tues., 3 pm
B. Development 1st Mon., 3 pm
C. Executive 2nd Mon., 11:30 am
D. Finance 3rd Tues., 3 pm
E. Policy 2nd Mon., 3 pm
F. Board talk show 2nd Wed. (Jan., April, Jul., Oct.)
G. Board / Staff meeting 3rd Tues. (Dec., Mar., Jun., Sep.)
Agenda submitted by the Secretary on 11/4/14