Hi KBOOters. I am Theresa Mitchell, producer of KBOO’s Thursday morning counterpropaganda show Press**Watch. I’m writing today to relay my gratitude for you: for your passionate intelligence in programming, your fearless and powerful analyses, your tireless efforts to produce something meaningful and dynamic– and particularly, I salute those of you who are using your talents to confront the murderous explosion of White supremacism. We work to get the news out on so many topics that are so urgent now–the climate emergency, the monstrous corruption of our billionaire-centric economy, the ponderous, rumbling movement of the Pentagon towards a new world war. But, as they say, for Black men, “this is the house that is on fire.” We direct our efforts to stop the mass murder of our friends, family, and comrades. I am humbled to be a part of it. So, as we conduct our membership drive, I want you all to know that you are my heroes. Thank you, thank you from the bottom of my heart, for being the brave brilliant warriors that you are. Thank you.
The voting is over…
Congratulations to the new Board members, Joe Uris, Michael Wells, Jen Davis, and Adin Rogovin ! The members have spoken, and the numbers were decisive. Now the Station can look forward to some progress, and the Staff can look forward to some peace.
There was an 180-vote spread between the first (winning) four candidates, and the rest. The other Keeper candidate, Robin Ryan, came in fifth, with over 700 votes cast. Everyone knows there’s a lot of work to be done, and people are already pitching in in a big way, notably Adin with financial work, and the Development Committee, which has already organized the Return of the KBOO Book and Record Sale!
Portland State and wrote a book on nonprofit finances.
Michael Wells, Board Candidate
hire staff, problem solve with diverse groups, do public outreach and
Jen Davis, Board Candidate
KBOO more accessible and financially secure. These efforts at
SEE BELOW FOR ELECTION HYSTERIA UPDATE…you’ll love it!
The Keep KBOO as KBOO Committee/Friends of KBOO recommend the following five candidates:
Michael Wells, Adin Rogovin, Jennifer Davis, Robin Ryan and Joe Uris.
Note that there are four slots available in the Election; I recommend choosing among the five listed above.
This is a crucial election. We need to get our excellent and dedicated people on the Board, to avoid any further dalliance with the corporate capitulationism that has so far cost the KBOO radio community the proceeds of a Winter Membership Drive, and a great deal of stress and division. The slate listed above will promote the visibility of the Station, adding listeners, members, and financial strength. They are dedicated to a truly accessible and transparent process. Please choose your candidates and get your ballot in by mail, at the station, or in person at the Annual Meeting:
ANNUAL MEETING SUNDAY SEPT. 15, 2013, 1 TO 4 PM
MATT DISHMAN COMMUNITY CENTER 77 NE KNOTT ST PORTLAND, OR
Ballots taken to the Meeting are due by 2:40 PM deadline!
Ben Hoyne, a KBOO Board candidate that I do NOT recommend, has posted these words on Blue Oregon, the Democratic Party-aligned website:
“My goal is to get 1,000 people to pay $20 to become KBOO members and VOTE in the September board election. The ballot will be mailed to you; all you have to do is mail it back.
“We need to get 1,000 people willing to place a $20 bet on progressive media, on community radio, on KBOO. Ballots will be mailed in late July, so you need to become a member soon.”
Ben and his ilk would bring back the corporate Board Policy Manual and the top-down management that the Keepers have worked to abolish at KBOO. That’s why we need to step up with our ballots and participation, and move towards our goal of a fully Internet-savvy people’s media hub.
ELECTION HYSTERIA UPDATE
The Keep KBOO committee, which is composed largely of KBOO volunteers, has been using the volunteer phone list to contact eligible voters. Andrew Geller, the last Staff member still aligned with Station Navigator/Ringleader Lynn Fitch, has been on the air with a recorded and repeated commentary framing the election as being about financial losses (without mentioning that Fitch spiked the Winter Membership Drive, thus eliminating $50-$70K in income). Rabia Yeaman, the last Fitch stalwart on the Board, resigned today. And Andrew sent out the following email with mass distribution–evidently intending to imply that volunteer-to-volunteer phoning is a breach of security, and pretending that “all your personal contact information” is “compromised.” Prepare to be frightened–very frightened:
Here is part of an email from Board member Mark Sherman:
(from Mark Sherman, member of the Committee to Keep KBOO as KBOO & recently appointed KBOO Foundation Board member)
Greeting KBOO friends,
It has been too long since I have sent out an email. Sorry. I would like to review some of the issues raised at Tabor Space and comment on where KBOO is today. Significant progress has been made in the last 3 months. The highlights include:
- The board has formed a negotiating team to work collaboratively and in good faith with the staff to address their concerns in the context of union negotiations.
- Remember the top down, corporate styled, board policy manual? It is now being modified by a new work group. The board has suspended the board policy manual until the update effort is completed.
- KBOO members can now contact the board directly through the board web page. This was one of my biggest concerns. The board should be responsive and accessible to its members.
- Members can now join the governance committee. This is not a big gain. However, the development committee, which has been dormant for too long shall begin meeting again beginning Monday, Aug 5 at 6:00 at KBOO. This will prove to be a critically important committee in the near future. We need your ideas.
- I don’t think you have to worry about KBOO making significant changes to programming without input from the membership. Consider joining the programming committee.
Most of our initial concerns have been or are being addressed. You are the reason for this success. Your attendance at board meetings, your participation in committees, your organizing efforts, your lobbying the board, and your continued support of KBOO made these changes possible.
The next KBOO election is critical. Please ensure your membership is up to date and you are eligible to vote. If your membership has recently lapsed, when you renew, be sure to pick up a ballot at KBOO. Thanks for being KBOO members! KBOO belongs to all of us.
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Keep KBOO will be issuing an endorsement statement soon. In the meantime, here is a preview list of Keeper-endorsed candidates: Michael Wells, Adin Rogovin, Jennifer Davis, Robin Ryan and Joe Uris.
KBOO is suffering a cash crisis, in large part, because the 2012 Winter membership drive was cancelled by the new, brilliant and innovative management. We lost somewhere between fifty and seventy thousand dollars. However, the new management has claimed that thousands of dollars at a time will come in to replace those funds–they were to come from a huge boost in corporate underwriting. We are still waiting for these funds. Fortunately, from decades of funding community radio in the correct manner–that is, receiving funds directly from the listeners–we still have some reserves left.
We do need a supplementary drive, and a small one, to wedge between the Spring and Fall drives. It should last three or four days, it should be promoted with a street party with some notable bands, and it should be preceded by substantial promotions on our own air, and on friendly and supportive media. That is what has worked in the past. If successful, it will raise twenty thousand or so, but more importantly, it will also promote good will and wide awareness of our mission, so that the succeeding Fall and Winter contributors remember what a good time they had.
Sadly, this is not happening. The emphasis on South America actually comes as a snarky punishment against those volunteers and Staff who criticized the absence of a Winter Drive–‘it’s winter in South America, get it? Here’s your chance to raise money now with your old hippie public affairs model.’ And we get only one day to try to make it happen. Guess what the new management will say, if proceeds are indeed puny.
To counter this state of affairs, I will in fact apply my dead level best, along with other KBOO loyalists, to raise funds in one day on this arbitrarily, angrily selected topic.
In fact, KBOO listeners, and Cascadians, would benefit from News You’re Not Supposed To Know about things like the TPP ripoff, the Kissinger/Videla/Pinochet connection, and how those anti-civilian terror techniques are now ranged against us in the USA (and for the same reason). The added ferocity of the circumpolar winds around Antarctica mean fires and drought, in areas that compete with Cascadia for produce exports. The overfishing of the Southern Seas affects your food prices. There is much to learn.
Tune in and join KBOO. Your monthly pledge of $10 will go a long way to keeping real people’s radio on the air. We need it more than ever, as the ten thousand luring voices of the Web threaten to turn all efforts into blind, passive “consumerism.” Got any fight left in you?
Read the posts below for a clearer view of the crisis at KBOO radio. Good news: we have successfully appointed three Board members who will not go along with the downsizing/corporate agenda! The General Meeting is coming, and if three hundred of us come, we can reverse the damage to KBOO policy and get the Board we want!
Fri, 07/19/2013 – 8:00am – 10:00pm
One-day Flash Drive Fundraiser: Focus on the South Hemisphere
Friday July 19th – 8 am to 10 pm – Flash Drive Fundraiser
Join KBOO for an audio tour of the Southern hemisphere – from Antarctica (really) to the Equator, during our one-day (Winter) Flash Drive fundraiser. Winter, as it’s all from the Southern hemisphere.
UPDATE: Board meeting tonight, Jupiter hotel. Details below.
I am Theresa Mitchell. The following is my opinion.
KBOO has been broadcasting since 1968, and has had various Board constituents since that time. The current Board includes what I call the pro-corporate faction, consisting of Hadrian Micciche (appointed), Paula Small (elected if I recall correctly), and Rabia Yeaman (appointed). I call them ‘pro-corporate’ because they supported the Station Manager Lynn Fitch in her nearly-successful attempt last April to fire every one of the Staff, and because they support the replacement of the KBOO Mission Statement and Policies with a corporate boilerplate ‘Board Policy Manual.’ They also get that appellation for their usage of sneering language towards the strong Left faction at KBOO, and for supporting Lynn when she hired a union-buster versus the Staff. That’s standard fare for corporate America, and of course, it is wrong acting, and it is a big reason why we have KBOO, as an alternative.
Since the firing attempt, I have been convinced that a small faction desired to remake KBOO as a toothless and inoffensive boutique station. If the Staff had been removed in its entirety, this change would already be well underway. So, I have fought ruthlessly, because I know that in this Jim Crow secret police state we call America, we cannot afford to lose a strong island of dissent, no matter how small. I think that despite the occasional comment to the effect that “radio is dead” from the same crowd that would bleach out KBOO, the fact is, really, radio is powerful. For one thing, KBOO’s broadcasts direct people to books and websites they would not encounter through random browsing or via corporate-owned news.
This morning, for example, I listened to Fred Branfman, author of “Voices From the Plain of Jars,” on Veterans’ Voice, the only radio program in the area generated by antiwar vets. He spoke of the unspeakable horror of the bombing of Laos, and of the twenty million slain by US imperialism since 1945. It was powerful and left me shaking. Nothing like that will ever be heard on a station tied to corporations or major corporate-owned political parties. So, my assumption is that some of the people offended by such truth would like nothing better than to end principled dissent at KBOO–by silencing the station altogether, if necessary. Really, once I realized that the Winter Pledge Drive had been cancelled to create a crisis, I knew the fight was on, and that the core of the opposition intended to destroy the station. Ironically, this fiscally destructive faction is the one that continually asserts that KBOO is failing financially.
Here, then, is a communication from the core of the corporatists:
I’m a Board member of the KBOO Foundation. I invite you to attend the next KBOO Board meeting, where we will be discussing:
1. A Board member soliciting people to engage in illegal behavior.
2. A Board member who had no authorization to spend Foundations funds, yet did so, and wastefully.
3. A Board member who seeks to toss out all of the work done by consultants to KBOO, paid for by a foundation grant, which, if this is done, will put every granting organization on notice that KBOO will likely make poor use of any additional funding. So much for grants to help pay for items called for in the KBOO Strategic Plan, such as the Media Center. That’s $35,000 wasted on consultants and how much wasted on an unrealizable Strategic Plan?
4. A report from the Finance Committee that the Board is neglecting its fiduciary responsibilities.
5. A report that KBOO is on track to lossing its broadcasting license for failure to have a Community Advisory Board, as the FCC and our By-laws require, and that this failure of KBOO to follow its By-laws has been reported to the state’s Attorney Generals office.
Plus, you can witness the disruption of the Board’s business by a small number of disaffected members, should that happen again, as it did at our last meeting. In addition, you may see people supposedly seeking to protect KBOO values again engage in name-calling, belittling, as well as a general failure by members to carry out their responsibility to let each other know when some are doing harm to another person or a group of people with such behavior, as well as the failure of the Board to ask such people to stop that behavior or leave, all in violation of the “KBOO philosophy.
The meeting is Monday, June 24th at 6pm (arrive early as the meeting may be standing room only). KBOO is located at 20 SE 8th Avenue, Portland, OR 9721
Please contact me if you would like to see the Board agenda and related supporting documents, as well as background information about current events at KBOO, and the long standing disfunction of the KBOO Board.
All of Hadrian’s charges are trumped up or exaggerated, as will be seen.
The first accusation refers to an attempt to discover an anonymous blogger. If that’s illegal activity, then all journalists are criminals.
The second is the latest attempt to get rid of Board President SW Conser. He got some legal counsel some months ago, not regarding the Union by the way, in his capacity as Board CEO. The counsel was vital to KBOO, and the accusation is that only the full Board could have authorized it. However, long-standing nonprofit precedent indicates this is not so.
Third: it isn’t just one Board member that wants to toss out the disgusting corporate Board Policy Manual. The money was wasted as soon as it was granted, because KBOO is a people’s organization.
Fourth comes a diatribe by the Treasurer that hypocritically ignores the fiscal disaster of the corporate makeover (see above).
Regarding the fifth accusation, it is not true that KBOO does not have community “advisement.” Hadrian is attempting to entangle the FCC by digging up an irrelevant and obscure provision relating to licensing. Not only that, he has attempted to bring in State law enforcement, thus guaranteeing the further destruction of the budget, following on the Station Manager’s cancellation of the Drive. If he were sincerely concerned with legal compliance, of course, he could have first put any real problem on the Board agenda, so that enforcement could be avoided. But he obviously wishes to destroy KBOO. His diatribe above refers to the May Board meeting, in which he infuriated an already angry crowd of KBOO supporters, by arrogantly stating that they were only there by gracious permission– and then walking out, breaking quorum. If KBOO won’t go corporate, then it can go away.
I encourage you to call Lynn Fitch, Station Manager for KBOO, at 503-231-8032, and ask her if she supports Hadrian’s multilateral attack on KBOO.
UPDATE: The Board will be meeting tonight at the Jupiter Hotel (adjoining KBOO) ballroom “Dream Box.”
KRAB radio in Seattle was once a flourishing community radio station–one of Lorenzo Milam’s projects, just as KBOO was. In 1984, however, the KRAB Board decided to sell off its transmitter, deciding that it was impossible to raise enough funds for its operation. KRAB became a memory. Information on the sellout is sketchy and incomplete, but it is clear that Hadrian Micciche was involved at KRAB at the time. http://www.krab.fm/ProgramGuides/KRAB-Guide-xxx-1978-07.pdf http://www.krab.fm/ProgramGuides/KRAB-Guide-xxx-1978-05.pdf Hadrian and Paula have made statements at the Board to the effect that the KBOO Foundation is not obligated to have a transmitter ‘in order to fullfill our obligation as a media resource center.’
“…Tom Robbins’ unforgettable Sat. night show ‘Notes From the Underground’. KRAB’s free-form, ultra-eclectic format was a revelation, an education and an inspiration. Lorenzo deserves recognition as a pioneer of community radio nationwide, and a true hero in the greening of Puget Sound culture in particular…..”
Was Hadrian a part of the decision to sell?
Some may be unaware that it is possible for the Board to put the transmitter up for sale, effectively ending local community radio. This Board, unfortunately, under the influence of Treasurer Paula Small and Hadrian, has given full executive authority to an Executive Director, as if KBOO were some for-profit retailer. KBOO has even taken on a corporate boilerplate Board Policy Manual http://kboo.fm/sites/default/files/KBOO%20BPM.pdf that forbids Board members from expressing dissenting views in public. The result has been a crash in Staff morale (after an attempted mass firing), a substantial (yet manageable) financial difficulty following the cancellation of the Winter Membership Drive, and the appearance of bitterly opposed factions. It is clear, now, with Hadrian’s false charges outlined in the article above, and with his attempt to create fraudulent regulatory attention, that he wishes to destroy the Station. Is this because he is not getting his way, or was it the plan all along?
KBOO members will indeed be attending tonight. That’s not a bad thing–it’s the participatory paradigm that created KBOO as it is today. I predict that Hadrian’s exaggerated and false accusations ( http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2013/06/423799.shtml ) will fall flat, and that KBOO will (of course) endure. (I must trust to KBOO members for that, as I must be at work this evening.) If the level of attendance feels rancorous to some, it will feel empowering to anyone who cares about moving forward with people-controlled media.