Keeper statement

                                 – WHAT WE STAND FOR
                                 —  CANDIDATES WE ENDORSE
We believe in KBOO as a listener-supported non-commercial community radio station, and we reject the contention that the listener supported model, successful for the past 45 years, is “no longer sustainable.”
We do not agree that KBOO will go extinct unless it abandons its basic values and makes fundamental changes in the way it carries out its mission. We believe that KBOO’s programming — telling truth to power, speaking to and for the 99%, presenting grass roots authentic music, avoiding commercialism, covering the multitude of local culture and organizations — can win a large audience, particularly because KBOO is the only mass media in the Portland area that consistently presents that programming.
We do not accept that KBOO has to “corporatize” to survive.
Corporatization involves toning down or eliminating controversial programming. The corporatizers would dismiss most staff, who today and for nearly all for KBOO’s history concentrated on training, supervising, and evaluating volunteers, particularly on air, to insure quality radio production. The fired staff and many locally produced shows would be replaced by nationally syndicated productions as well as a “development” staff seeking corporate, government, foundation, and rich people’s grants and gifts. And the corporatizers would concentrate power in an Executive Director, advised by a policy Board, thus marginalizing membership, staff voice, and its committee structure.
Those who support corporatization think it is realistic. We think it suicidal, alienating our core of devoted volunteers, supporters, and members who appreciate our current mix of national and mostly local programming and our democratic participatory character. These, who make up our base of programming and support, will vote with their feet and checkbook, and abandon KBOO.  This route to utter failure is not uncommon. Basic Business School texts examine the terrible results when once successful and healthy enterprises, having a bad year or two or three, but still with a loyal following, move into panic mode and conclude they have to quickly increase income, then “rebrand” and find a new trendy product line, often in an area in which they are poorly equipped to compete. These enterprises almost always painfully die. As the business school texts emphasize, to maintain and build an enterprise in KBOO’s condition, with traditions and a large loyal customer/membership base, requires building on its strengths, improving its product line, and building its base of support.
We believe that the listener-supported model is at the heart and soul of KBOO. 
As for the last 45 years, to this day members continue to provide KBOO’s primary support whenever they are asked.
We believe that together we can get KBOO back on its feet.
For several years, during the long economic downturn, KBOO has run deficits. This year, management at KBOO tried something dramatically different. The 2013 budget was set with an expectation of raising more than 20% of KBOO’s revenue from “major donor support,” “business contributions,” and “fundraising and co-sponsorships.” This strategy has not worked. None of these sources has produced the sums hoped for. KBOO is projected to end this fiscal year with a deficit of $50,000 or more, primarily because the Board and the New Executive Director cancelled the Winter Membership Drive in expectations of grants and major donor gifts that have not materialized.
We do not believe this enlarged deficit signals the demise of KBOO. We do believe that it is time to go back to basics – to our current members and to build membership. KBOO, because it practices what it preaches, that is democracy and confidence in one another, has hundreds of committed volunteers, supporters, and alumni, who will reach out to friends and the organizations the are active in to provide financial support to the radio station that serves them and contributes to Portland’s highly participatory organizational and civic culture. We see this as the way to restore KBOO’s financial health.
What needs to be done?
KBOO has financial reserves that will allow it to survive this deficit. KBOO’s loyal listeners and friends continue to support its work. The 2013 Pledge Drives, those that were held, exceeded expectations. Underwriting support from our loyal business supporters is continuing to grow. And KPOJ, with its generally progressive hosts, did cut into our audience, but has been shut down by its corporate owner, and we will reach out to that audience.
We believe that KBOO has to concentrate its attention on increasing membership, which will require:
— Building a more active relationship with current members and reaching out to former members.
— Introducing ourselves to people who do not yet know about KBOO, especially those who listened to KPOJ.
— Reaching out to the organizations that we serve, the whole range of civic and social justice and environmental groups, whose staff and members we often interview and feature on KBOO, seeking their support including promoting KBOO to their membership.
As to grants and gifts, we will operate smart and creative, taking advantage of real opportunities but never relying on what so many dead and forgotten organizations came to learn, that these funders rarely provide long term support, and once dependent on grants and gifts, the organization has to increasingly bend its goals to fit those of its funders, thus undermining its own mission.
We believe that KBOO can restore its member base to 6000 and beyond, and restore a broad base of financial support. This has been the model that KBOO has used for 45 years. We know it has worked, and we believe it must and can work still.
What about the coming election?
An important KBOO election is coming up. The ballots have already been mailed to its membership, the votes to be counted late next month, September 15th at KBOO’s annual membership meeting at which ballots can still be cast. This election has candidates from both this Committee to Keep KBOO as KBOO and those who would corporatize KBOO. Election results will thus greatly influence KBOO policy on meeting its current challenges. The Committee to Keep KBOO as KBOO has endorsed five candidates for the four open positions. They are, Jen Davis, Adin Rogovin,  Robin Ryan, Joe Uris, and Michael Wells.
There’s  an element of public service in the role of journalists that I don’t see honored at or in other media. The community radio station stands bravely prepared to gather news according to the high standard of actually informing community .
                                                             Robin Ryan, Board Candidate
My experience in financial management, group facilitation, and social change
are assets I will bring to the KBOO Board and community. My relevant
experience includes 20 years of service on non-profit Boards and Staff including
                                     Seven Generations Land Trust, The Center for Wise Democracy, Climate Neutral
 Network, Alpha Farm Community,  Veterans for Peace, Trillium Hollow
Cohousing, and New Orleans Community Congress II.
What you can do.
We urge you to:
·         Go to our Facebook page, that provides more detail and background on our analysis and program.
·         Become a KBOO member and a radioactivist in alternative community people’s radio and join with us in the Committee to Keep KBOO as KBOO.
·         Vote in the coming KBOO election.
For More Information email, leave your phone #, and we’ll get right back to you.
                                       Adin Rogovin, Board Candidate
My board goals are to build listenership, build membership, stabilize station 
finances and work with members, volunteers, staff and board to promote
 organizational stability and effectiveness.  KBOO operates in an entirely
different media environment than 10 or 20 years ago. We also need to figure
out KBOO’s role in building and supporting community in a rapidly changing
society – as a resource, an advocate and a model organization. I was Station
Manager from 1978-1981, another time when KBOO was in turmoil. I have an
                                   FCC General license and can talk to engineers. I have taught grant writing at
                                    Portland State and wrote a book on nonprofit finances.
                                    Michael Wells, Board Candidate                                                                  
Like you, I love and revere the free media, uncensored information,
community connections and musical  and cultural diversity which KBOO
brings to our lives. As a young woman in the 1990s I was first involved
with KBOO answering phones, then created a special KBOO program on
homelessness. KBOO folks welcomed me with open  arms to learn
recording and production skills, and I went out and taped many other
 programs .  I have served on two Boards; the Garden Laboratory School
 and Orlo Environmental Arts.  In these and other positions I’ve helped
hire staff, problem solve with diverse groups, do public outreach and
                                                organizational development, write grants, negotiate contracts, and work with budgets.

Jen Davis, Board Candidate

KBOO has a unique blend of news, public affairs programming and
varied music that speak to many diverse and underserved communities.
                                                 This programming must be supported and strengthened. Changing
                                                  listener habits, new technologies and options together with a failure to
adequately maintain the membership base and seek out new listeners
 have put the station in great danger. If elected to the board my first
 priorities would be to increase support through: better region wide
 publicity, stronger efforts to regain and add members, stronger graphic
 presentation of programming, a strong presence on social media, making
KBOO more accessible and financially secure.  These efforts at
                                                transparency and public outreach in addition to adding more listeners
                                                  and members will also make the station a more democratic  organization.                    
                                                 Joe Uris, Board Candidate

KBOO ballots are out! Election hysteria follows…



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:



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.


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:

This internal KBOO email is not for wider distribution.
I am very sorry that I must send you this email.

It is likely that all of your personal contact information stored at KBOO was recently compromised and is currently in the possession of one or more individuals not authorized to possess it. The breach appears to have not been achieved electronically, but I am nonetheless very sorry that it has occurred.
This past week, I have received several messages from KBOO volunteers regarding phone calls they recently received from individuals representing a group referring to itself as ‘Keep KBOO KBOO.’ This group is offering voting suggestions regarding the upcoming KBOO board election, having multiple people use the KBOO volunteer list to operate a phone bank.
In the course of my job, I must occasionally print and distribute a KBOO membership list for KBOO members. This is always carried out in strict accordance with both Oregon state law and the KBOO Bylaws. The information I include in those printed reports is limited to full donor name/s and a complete mailing address.  I never include phone numbers or email addresses. At no time do I produce volunteer lists, unless requested by the Volunteer Coordinator.
Much more is known about the details of these calls and callers, as well as others involved in procuring and distributing the volunteer list, than I am at liberty to relay here. But you should know that KBOO staff are pursuing the issue until all details are known and a proper resolution is achieved for those affected and for the operation of KBOO Radio.
If you receive a phone call from anyone regarding the upcoming election, especially if they are not a known person to you, then please note all details you can about the call (date, time, phone # of caller, male/female voice, name of caller, any affiliation offered and what they say) and email it all to me.
I will keep your identity anonymous throughout this process if you request so.
Once again, I am very sorry that this has occurred.
Andrew Geller
Membership Director

Board election approaches

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

……………………………………………………………………………………end of Mark’s email…………………………………

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.