The February 2016 board meeting of the New Wave Corporation/KOPN took place on the 16th day of the month at the Cope Ashlock room at the station. Minutes were taken by board secretary Heather O’Connor.
Board members in attendance were Dan Hemmelgarn, Ellen Schlie, Tao Weilundermo, Curt Wohleber, Laird Okie, John Betz, Gail Plemmons, David Owens, and Heather O’Connor.
The meeting was called to order at approximately 7:15 p.m.
Gail proposed that we focus on a group to be identified as “sustaining members,” who donate regularly on an indeterminate basis. This initiative would include producing a series of promos by sustaining members, a monthly party for sustainers and people who are interested in making a monthly contribution. The website might include a signup for anyone who’s interested in receiving “constant contact” emails to bring them into the loop.
She would like to initiate a big annual event/party to serve as a social event and fundraiser, as well as other regular events.
The financial report was examined and approved by voice vote.
Station manager’s report:
-Preparations for Women’s Weekend are underway, which will be the second weekend in March at the Hartsburg Grand.
-It has been proposed that the station might drop the first hour of the Friday night Grateful Dead show, which is not locally produced. It would free up some possibility for live music to be played during that time slot on First Fridays, and save the money that is spent on that show.
-Technical issues at the station are being resolved by Gary Novak.
-The auditors should have everything they need and board members should be expecting letters from the auditors to ask a few questions.
-Regarding the lease, David Dalton got in touch with David Owens and asked for copies of the last lease, which David Owens found and submitted. The leases are typically 5 or 6 years; the current rent is approximately $1700/month.
Budget: Treasurer William Dellinger is absent due to a family emergency but will be hoping to meet with David and/or Kara monthly to make the financial statement available to board members before the monthly meeting.
Website: ASCAP may include streaming fees in our existing website fee. David and Tao are communicating about getting all information available for the individual shows on the website immediately after the airing. Tao needs to gain access to the database. Steve Jerrett is the only person with knowledge of how to access the database and generate reports for Sound Exchange.
QuickBooks has created some problems for membership management. Being designed for monetary record keeping, it may be suboptimal for the task of managing a membership database.
Grants: There has not been a report made to Boone Electric Cooperative about the grant that we received from them two years ago.