PUBLIC RADIO IN MID-AMERICA
2003 Fall Conference
Thursday, September 25, 2003
Indianapolis Marriott downtown
4:00 — 5:00 p.m.
I. CALL TO ORDER
PRIMA President Tim Eby, 4:20 p.m. Welcome to new member Perry Metz of WFIU-Bloomington. Jed Duvall of WFYI introduced and thanked for serving as the host station.
II. ADDITIONS & APPROVAL OF AGENDA
III. SECRETARY’S REPORT:
PRIMA Secretary Cleve Callison. Minutes of PRIMA PRC meeting, May 17, 2003 were distributed electronically in May and on paper at this meeting. Approved.
IV. TREASURER’S REPORT:
PRIMA Treasurer Dorie Vallillo. Balance in checking account 5/5/03: $10,715.84. Income $9,409.67. Expenses $1,452.13. Balance in checking account 9/26/03: $18,673.38. Does not include this conference’s expenses.
Vanguard Money Market Account balance 6/30/03: $10,424.87.
V. COMMITTEE REPORTS:
A. Program Committee/Winter Meeting (Patty Wente). New Orleans, dates tba. Tim thanked Patty for great work on this conference.
B. Scholarships (Tim Eby). Welcome to Jean Noyes/WNIN and Georgie Woessner/WDPR-WDPG. Tim appreciates support of the Board in providing scholarships.
C. Membership Committee (Greg Schnirring, chair). Working on membership recruitment effort. So far, a net gain of 5 or 6, hoping for 9 or 10. Currently 73 full members and 15 associates. 5 categories of prospects have been identified: regular members who attend conferences, members who don’t attend, those will little or no outside activity, non-members who need to see the benefits of membership, and stations that join other regionals. Feels our priority is to work with non-attending members. Will provide information to state chairs for further contacts.
D. PRIMA Web Site (Stewart Vanderwilt, chair). KUT will hire an intern to keep web site more current than it is now. Will work with WKSU to keep things current.
VI. PRESIDENT’S REPORT (Tim Eby):
Thanks to past presidents of PRIMA. Thanks to Patty Wente for this meeting.
Regional organizations are working closely together. At PRDMC they discussed post-PRC management meeting options. Current thinking is a 1 to 2 day meeting, May 9th-10th in DC, followed by Areps, then Capitol Hill day. Continuing studies with respect to LPFM. Work continuing on the underwriting working group, CPB Digital advisory group, and NPR-program pricing. Thanks to Stewart Vanderwilt and Bruce Haines for service to PRIMA as outgoing Board members and on national committees. Patty Wente thanked Tim for outstanding work as outgoing President and presented a gavel on behalf of the Board.
VII. NEW BUSINESS:
A. Driveway spots (Al Bartholet) — WKSU has partnered with a local ad agency to create 30-second ‘driveway moment’ video spots. Worked with NPR to do further shaping. Tiered pricing from $500-$2,000. Available to stations on a market exclusivity basis.
B. U:SA (Craig Beeby) — U:SA has received its 2nd national partner in DEI and is also working with SRG. Thanks to KWMU for assistance. Now going after financial resources. Announced that David Brugger, formerly of APTS, will assist U:SA in its development efforts.
C. Nominating Committee (Bruce Haines). 3 positions open: President (Tim Eby ineligible to succeed); Secretary; Board #2 (Stewart Vanderwilt ineligible to succeed). Bruce thanked committee members Steve Spencer, Stewart Vanderwilt, Christina Kuzmych and John Batson.
President, Patty Wente (new 2-year term)
Secretary, Cleve Callison (renewed 2-year term)
Board #1: Bill McGinley (new 2-year term)
Board #3: Tim Emmons (renewed 2-year term)
Meeting adjourned at 4:46 pm.
Secretary, Public Radio in Mid-America
September 25, 2003
The PRIMA Board met briefly following the membership meeting. In accordance with the By-Laws, the board appointed Greg Schnirring (Wisconsin Public Radio) to the vacant Vice-Presidential position, leaving Board seat #2 vacant. Christina Kuzmych (WFIU) was appointed to fill the remaining year of Board seat #2. Both positions, along with the Treasurer post, will be voted on in Fall 04.