11-14-12 Board Meeting Notes

Board Meeting 11-13-12

THANKS FOR TAKING NOTES ADAM W.!!!!!!!

  • Will we meet next week?
    • Avery to send out an email asking everyone
  • Pledge drive
    • We need a successful pledge drive
    • Ben will take care of mailing stuff
    • Next meeting after break we will do stamping, folding, etc.
    • Pre-pledge solicitation
      • Ben’s idea of soliciting pledges before the pledge drive (e.g., sending flyers to students, families, etc., and pushing for off air pledge solicitation)
    • Old flyer from WESU magazine – Virgil will change adapt it to our current pledge drive
      • Ideally would be done before Thanksgiving
    • Doug B agreed to blurb about the pledge drive during Car Talk
    • Things to do for the pledge drive:
      • take care of binders for premiums and scripts and the telephone schedule
  • Meeting next week
    • Video shoot Monday, 4:30, convening in front of Pi Cafe
    • Maybe board meeting can be after the shoot?
  • Moving of Broad Street Books
    • Meeting November 27 at 4:30
    • Board meeting before the pledge drive is the same day
    • Virgil will be the board delegate to this meeting
    • Building will be going up near Pearl Street and Washington Street, across from St. Sebastian’s Church
    • Mickey says that the new development would not be an ideal placement for WESU because of the distance
    • Plan does not include moving WESU at the moment but there is uncertainty as to the future of 45 Broad Street
      • Dave says “this building has a real stink on it” and feels that Wesleyan would be more inclined to sell it, parking would be inconvenient/congested in that area (because it already is)
    • Issue of line-of-sight to Exley
    • Virgil asks if he should talk to people in the Argus to see what they are thinking about the move and if they’re sending delegates to the meeting
    • If anyone has questions for Virgil to ask at the meeting, send them to him (he will send the board an email requesting questions/comments/concerns)
    • Mickey is not against leaving 45 Broad Street but he is against moving farther away
    • Rick says there has been no discussion of moving WESU, and if the radio station had to move, the radio station would not likely be placed in this new development
  • MTV U shoot on Monday
  • Lecture series
    • Avery thanks everyone for their help with the lecture series
    • Avery sent links to the people who run iTunes U for us but the lectures are not up yet
    • Dave says that we should make an outline of planning the event so that we have a checklist of what to do in planning the lecture series so that we don’t forget how to plan
      • Avery says she’ll make the list of what to do
  • Concert series meeting: today, 6:45 p.m.
  • Code of Conduct revisions
    • Staff have expressed interest in making changes to the code of conduct
    • Avery would like to open the discussion of revisions
    • Avery thinks she’ll be taking comments on the code-of-conduct via email rather than discussing it at an all staff meeting
    • Then, a google doc will be created for the board to look at/revise
  • Training
    • Tips and Tricks session
      • Who’s going to do it? When will it be?
    • Service hour opportunities: Dan said that he had interns who were uncertain about service hour opportunities
      • Adam W. said that he encouraged them to email the music directors; Jesse and Adam I. said they’ve had many helpful interns
    • Confusing questions in the test:
      • E.g., the training guide says that excessive self promotion is forbidden in the code of conduct but it is not actually in the code of conduct
      • Mickey discussed the complications surrounding Wesleyan-exclusive shows, especially in light of the concert series we’re planning next semester (or in plugging one’s own website)
        • Adrien says that it is not part of WESU’s identity in light of our mission to serve the community and it alienates listeners
        • Rick says that broadcasting anything exclusive, from inside jokes to inside promotions, alienates listeners; this problem has always been an issue, from before Ben and Rick’s time
        • Test question about what can and can’t be said on the air
          • Mickey says the question should be made more clear
        • A and M discuss calls to action in terms of DJs doing self-promotion and what qualifies as excessive self-promotion
      • Other issues in the training guide addressed in amendments
      • Revising the test: Mickey and Adam W. will do it minimally but keep the thought-provoking questions that engage with issues DJs will actually be grappling with while on air
      • Discussion of self-promotion:
        • Avery suggests amending the code of conduct to say that excessive self-promotion is frowned upon without exactly enumerating it and DJs who are blatantly using the station for self-promotion risk their status as DJs in good standing
          • Mickey suggests placing it in Section E of the code-of-conduct and making it a flexible discussion if it gets out of hand
        • Dave, Rick and Adrien mention people who have gotten talking to’s or removals for being too self-serving or too self-promoting

-T-shirt design

-Alex has designs (but hasn’t sent them yet)

-Garren’s design

-Virgil’s design

-Ben’s design

-color combination

-wants a hoodie (thing that’s on the sticker) or (80s basketball logo) (vinyl logo)

-VOTE: Garren: 0 James: 1 Virgil: 6 Ben: 3 (Elevated U: 3, Scattered: 3, Compass: 4)

 

-Music purchasing reminder!

-use part of $2,000 we can have for music purchasing for CMJ (only do this if the person that goes and makes contacts, blog-Virgil awkwardly hand motions his respect)

 

-Spinitron

-figure out who’s not doing spinitron (MDs-can ask Adam W. to email trainees to help staff who can’t use spinitron)

-can send out an email-if you need help doing spinitron someone can do it for you and get service hours

 

-Promos for Pledge Drive (trainees do it-Adam W. email them and say this is an option and have trainees email Isabelle if they’re interested)

-Pledge Drive:

-“selling songs” it’s a tactic that works (incorporate this into the script)

-MARY’S JOB TO MAKE BINDER

 

 

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