PUBLIC RADIO IN MID-AMERICA (PRIMA)
Executive Board Conference Call
December 2 , 2008
Present: Cleve Callison, WMUB (President); Christina Kuzmych, WFIU (Vice President) Dan Skinner, Texas Public Radio, (Secretary); Dorie Vallillo, WIUM (Treasurer), Jon Schwartz, Wyoming Public Radio, (Board Member No. 2), Bill Wheelhouse, WUIS, (Board Member No. 3)
I. Meeting began at 2:33 E.T.
II. PRIMA Conference in San Antonio, February 2009
Christina Kuzmych provided an update on planning for the Winter PRIMA Conference in San Antonio. PRIMA Survey sent out by Cleve. He got 16 responses, 2 said they would not attend, 7 said they expect to attend, 7 said they will decide later. Cleve is seeking further survey response from PRIMATES. Thought of executive board is that we should continue to move forward with securing the rooms for the conference. There was discussion about attendance and how many rooms to reserve with decision made to reserve 40 rooms. Tentative content for conference discussed. Potential topics may include NPR Update & New NPR CEO, Legislative and Technology Updates, CPB Updates, Fundraising, Public Insight Journalism, and a possible facilitated discussion on a selected topic. Discussion about new NPR CEO, and of her experience with on-line journalism at New York Times. Can she speak at the conference about her experience and how it will impact the future of NPR on-line? Could PRIMA group input about NPR on-line be the topic of a facilitated discussion?
III. Updates Regarding National Public Radio
Cleve Callison provided an update on recent news from NPR. Discussed language used on NPR On-line regarding link to donate to local station, and how it was recently changed due to comments from stations. Discussion about on-going perception of trust issues between NPR and its member stations. There was also discussion about the change in leadership at NPR and implications for the future of the organization.
IV. DEI Fundraising Intiative with Station Managers
Cleve participating in the project, but no other managers on the call are taking part.
V. Meeting adjourned at 3:20 p.m. E.T.
Dan Skinner, Secretary