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

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