PUBLIC RADIO IN MID-AMERICA (PRIMA)
Board Conference Call
July 14, 2005
7:30 a.m. P.T
PRDMC 2005 Conference
Present: Patty Wente, KWMU (President); Tim Eby, WOSU (Past President), Jon Schwartz, KUWR (Board Member No. 2), Christina Kuzmych, WFIU (Secretary); Cleve Callison, WMUB (Vice-President); Tim Emmons, WNIU (Board Member No. 3)
I. Meeting began at 7:30 a.m. P.T.
II. 30 Anniversary PRIMA Meeting
Kansas City is the favored location at this point. The exact dates for the meeting still need to be solidified.
III. Nominating Committee
The Board Member No. 3 position will be open. Patty will ask Craig Beeby to chair the nominating committee.
IV. PRRO Activity
The structure and direction of Regional groups is being discussed by the respective memberships. Also, there has been discussion about merging Southern and Eastern public Radio Regionals. Some of the managers in each of the regionals may also be interested in joining PRIMA, particularly if they reside in contiguous states.
The value of the PRLF meeting was discussed. Some managers in the system wonder about its usefulness. In general, PRIMA Board members present at the meeting felt that the PRLF was necessary to help keep the system together. Capital Hill Day was particularly important because it provided a public radio presence in Washington . On the other hand, PRLF is losing some momentum, since many managers consider the PRDMC as the “once a year” meeting to attend. Several ideas were put forth for future improvements:
- Capital Hill Day is effective, however, Mike Riksen could use more staff to manage the activities.
- Seminars revolving around concrete topics, like station financial self-sufficiency, were particularly useful.
- The PRLF should be an opportunity to discuss system marketing strategies.
- NPR should look reconsider the idea of round robins held at different locations nationally. This type of meeting approach worked in past years.
- To entice managers to come to Washington , perhaps NPR could help foot the hotel costs.
VI. Meeting Adjourned at 8:35 a.m. PT
Christina Kuzmych, Secretary