PUBLIC RADIO IN MID-AMERICA (PRIMA)
Board Conference Call
May 5, 2009
Present: Cleve Callison, WMUB (President); Christina Kuzmych, WFIU (Vice President) Dan Skinner, Texas Public Radio, (Secretary); Dorie Vallillo, WIUM (Treasurer), Al Bartholet, WKSU (Board Member No. 1), Jon Schwartz, Wyoming Public Radio, (Board Member No. 2)
I. Meeting began at 2:30 E.T.
II. PRIMA Presidential Transition
Cleve will work on making the transition off the board before he leaves June 30th, 2009. He will send transitional information to members of the Executive Board. Cleve will appoint a nominating committee before the next conference call. The by-laws were reviewed to indicate the procedure for moving forward.
III. NPR Board Meeting
Cleve will be attending the NPR Board Meeting and requested input from the board for items to be presented there. Concerns expressed by the board included, listener hour model, Public Interactive, and the status of NPR budget cuts.
IV. PRIMA Fall Conference
Christina Kuzmych reported that the Fall Conference will be held September 30th through October 2. WBEZ has agreed to serve as the host station. NPR President, Vivian Schiller is expected to attend. WBEZ staff working with Christina to book the Conference hotel. Estimating attendance of around 35 people. Will promote as a follow up to the PRIMA Managers Summit, continuing on the work started at the San Antonio meeting. The focus will be discussion on implementing the ideas generated in San Antonio. – Discussion followed. There was some concern about stations ability to attend. However, many stations may be being able to drive to the Conference, which may help reduce the cost of attendance. Also, this is a good time to get reasonable hotel rates and terms. Christina will continue planning. She will also generate a memo to all PRIMA members to encourage early planning.
VI. Meeting adjourned at 3:03 p.m. E.T.
Dan Skinner, Secretary