Recorded by Heather O’Connor, board secretary. These minutes were modified for completeness after the April 2016 board meeting.
The March meeting of the Board of Directors of KOPN and the New Wave Corporation took place on March 15, 2016 in the Cope Ashlock room at the station. The board members present at the meeting were Ellen Schlie, Laird Okie, John Betz, Heather O’Connor, Curt Wohleber, Gail Plemmons, and David Owens.
The meeting was called to order at 7:10 p.m.
Vice President Ellen Schlie presided because Dan Hemmelgarn was out of town.
After some notes were taken, Laird moved that the February minutes be approved and accepted, Gail seconded, and the move passed via voice vote.
Amy Goodman will visit and speak on April 9, as part of her book tour. The event will take place at the Corner Playhouse on MU campus. Ticket prices have yet to be determined. It could be a suggested donation or a fixed price with option to donate more.
Station manager’s report:
The Women’s Weekend event in Hartsburg netted $603 and was a great success. Vendors and attendees were numerous.
The Farm and Fiddle beard contest is scheduled for March 16 from 6-8 p.m. at Cafe Berlin. Also coming up is the Float Your Boat event.
Engineering issues have arisen and been fixed several times in the last month.
Bruce Gordon is a good person to call for technical issues if David Owens is unavailable. He also has keys to the building, as does Mark Haim.
Dan is still the point person on the community advisory board.
Tao is working on the website.
David is doing some work toward a Missouri River Relief grant. He has been recording their talks every month at Les Bourgeois, but the recordings are not terrific so far due to poor acoustics etc. Some tinkering with microphones might yield decent recordings, and a grant from them might cover some equipment.
Moving the station is an issue that the board is continually discussing. The building that formerly housed the glass company on Park Ave. is available for rent. Discussion of the possibilities and necessities of moving the station covered the fact that we would ideally purchase rather than rent if we are pushed into moving. It would be necessary to keep two locations going for some time during which the transition would happen.
There was discussion of a trivia night fundraiser, either a larger event or a regularly-occurring (monthly) event. Gail and Heather will continue to investigate and discuss this.