October 15, 2014

Public Radio in Mid America
Board of Directors Meeting Minutes
October 15, 2014

Called to Order: 2:30 PM

Board Members Present: Dan Skinner, Tim Eby, Regina Dean, Karen Olstad, Paul Maason, Christina Kuzmych

Guest: Greg Petrowich

  1. Agenda for PRIMA Meeting at Super Regional
    1. Dan will check on tenure of board positions and officers to see if any need to be elected
    2. Regina reported that new station from Texas has joined PRIMA, KOSU rejoined.
    3. Print “Save the Date” cards for PRIMA Conference to distribute at PRIMA mtg
  2. Spring 2015 PRIMA Conference—May 6-8 in St Louis (Tim and Paul)
    1. Suggested Guests & Topics:Want to have conversations rather than presentations
      1. New NPR COO, Loren Mayor since Jarl is unavailable. Dan has contacted Gemma to request, waiting to hear back
      2. Lessons Learned in Covering Events in Ferguson from St Louis Public Radio
      3. NPR News Collaborative
      4. National Public Media
      5. Legal Issues / Update (Q&A)
      6. CPB Compliance (either CPB or PMBA)
    2. Possible Special Event at Cardinal GameTim is researching, including potential underwriters
  3. Super Regional Conference
    1. Registrations are strong, should be a good conference
  4. NPR Organizational Changes: General discussion about recently announced changes. All expressed hope that new structure would be effective.
  5. NPR Board Update (Greg)
    1. Annual meeting – going to be asked to have electronic balloting, will take pressure off of getting quorum for in-person meeting. Asks group whether one drives attendance for the other.
    2. Tim: there is a significant disconnect with NPR, we need to have strategy conversations about stations’ relationship w/ NPR, won’t get done at a virtual meeting.
    3. Super Regional next year will be in San Antonio.
    4. Concern expressed by PRIMA board members about lack of opportunity to have substantive discussions with NPR in current structure of Super Regional/Annual Mtg
    5. Dan will present PRIMA ideas to other PRRO leaders after consulting with PRIMA members.

Adjourned at 3:30 PM.

No meeting in November due to Super Regional Meeting. Next meeting will be December 19th at 2:30 PM EDT.

Respectfully submitted,
Karen Olstad

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