Half-efforts to justify a manufactured crisis

One-day membership drive? Really?tower

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?

I do.

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!

 

Special Programming: Public Affairs on 07/19/13

Air date:

Fri, 07/19/2013 – 8:00am10:00pm

Short Description:

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.