PUBLIC RADIO IN MID-AMERICA (PRIMA)
Board Conference call
June 5, 2007
Present: Patty Wente, KWMU (President); Cleve Callison, WMUB (Vice-President); Christina Kuzmych, WFIU (Secretary); Tim Eby, (WOSU) (Past President), Al Bartholet, WKSU (Board Member No. 1); Jon Schwartz, Wyoming Public Radio, (Board Member No. 3); Dorie Vallillo, WIUM (Treasurer), Dan Skinner, Texas Public Radio, (Board Member No. 2); Patty Cahill, PRIMA Nominating Committee
I. Meeting began at 2:30 E.T.
II. Iowa Public Radio
PRIMA receive inquiry from Todd Mundt if all three Iowa Public radio can pay as one. Comment: There should be a separation between stations that are fully staffed and ones that are repeaters. Another issue to consider is one single payment giving the organization only one vote. Are Iowa stations separately licensed through different universities, or are they many stations licensed to one license holder? Dorie will call Todd Mundt to clarify this issue. Broader question: How much longer will NPR or PRIMA consider holding a broadcast license as criteria for membership? What about other entities of similar mission that are content providers on platforms other than terrestrial broadcast? It was suggested that this topic be held for another discussion.
III. PRIMA Fall Meeting in St Paul
Bill Kling may be asked to speak to the group. Do we want a PRIMA suite? All three nights? Largest attendance will be on Monday night. If we can afford two nights, we should go for Sunday and Monday. Mission-critical meetings may need to be avoided after Tuesday afternoon.
IV. NPR Board Update
Tim Eby reported. Continuing work on governance issues. Will devote July board meeting to this topic. The Vice-President of Development position should be filled soon. There have been some personnel changed in the news area. NPR Foundation is meeting next week in Napa Valley. New Chair coming in to lead the Foundation; he comes from the international investment area. Some of the governance issues in the Foundation may be looked at. It may be a good idea to use University Foundations as a model.
V. Nominations Committee Update
Patty Cahill updated. Nominations and self nominations have been received. Some of the people who self-nominated are on the nominating committee. If an individual wants to be considered for office, then s/he should not be on the nominating committee. Eric and Keith should be asked if they want to remain nominated or be on nominating committee.
V. Meeting adjourned at 3:05 p.m. E.T.
Christina Kuzmych, Secretary