Board Notes 4/22/13

Back door fixed!
—Turn the handle up or DOWN

Program dates: End of Spring / signups / Summer program dates:
Application for summer, need training end date—by may 10th,
Find a replacement for end of semester reading/finals
Summer Program starts senior week—hannah is working on official dates

Izzy event idea:
for may 3rd,
—Radio’s around campus:
Ethan and Mary are getting radios, Izzy makes label, hannah making a promo
—foss djs, sound coop speakers, and eMS power
— r&c event concert ideas, to be discussed

Earth house WESU stuff? Did anyone look into this? Finding a good date with my friend

The Record donation has been officially approved.  We got confirmation this am. Ben M will coordinate with the donor and work up a delivery date so we can plan to have volunteers available for unloading.  Ben M is hoping to store them on site in the current MD office and “world music” room, which also contains several smaller collections, experimental, gospel, broadway and classical. The plan is to relocate the smaller collections in that room to other shelving inside the rock/pop room and the shelves outside Ben’s office.   As we process them we will move items we don’t need to Studio X. Mary B sez tryna make it werk

Pledge Promo contest:

Pledge drive:   Seems like it is taking forever to pull together this time By next Tuesday we need to have finalized all pledge drive stuff so  we can begin the drive in ernest and hopefully  give students a solid 2 weeks to participate on air before end of season and be able to hand out packets at the staff meeting.

List of pledge stuff to finalize includes:  press release, premium items, online and paper pledge forms, and packet with an appeal and Mary’s crossword. Most  of these elements are already in draft format.

Final Staff meeting (5/3):
Shall we plan for the ice cream man again? Other ideas on a fun treat/activity/location? Rick apparently wants: Grilled watermelon? Frozen grilled watermelon?

 

Board Notes: April 15, 2014

Board email service hour follow ups…
— Have them do pledge drive stuff!
— Committees for board members—subMD model, long term plan
— increased responsibility for staff members

Yamantaka // Sonic Titan:  Report? Attendance?
— Really good feed back
— everyone seemed into it
— small attendance but a good model—
annual spring show in the chapel 
— wesleying problems, keep an eye on it

Wesfest:  Looks to be happening now? WESU open house is…..? Are we also supposed to be at some sort of related activity fair? 

danielle from 11-12

catherine 12-2

mary 2-3

becca 3-5

virgil will make poster

ethan will

Record  donation update
- looking good, still waiting on one approval from Provost (Cathy’s boss) 
Any luck with Argus storage, Becca?
- Donors will deliver the collection (likely next week!!!).
-  Ben M thinks we can store here in studio X and elsewhere since University has not been helpful in locating storage.  Ben will work on this with Ian (Workstudy)

Virgil SBC Funding requests
—waiting for money on sec. camera

Other WESU event(s)?  Program House Concert Block party?
—scavenger hunt tbd

Spring Pledge Drive: Needs to start before student programming is over.  
- Press release (Danielle finished draft)
- Goal – $15,000
- Premiums: Need to firm up shirt design(s),  tote, and any other premium else for pledge form and online pledge portal.
-Packet needs to be competed for end of this week, so we can mail out next week.

2014/15 Board election insights?
-  Continued discussion… any conflicts among board members for next year?
- Need to send email describing board positions and encouraging folks to run. This need to happen fast!! – If deadline to post was 2 weeks in advance,  the deadline is this week….

Earth house WESU stuff? Did anyone look into this? 

PROMOS:  not much need to record spring student show promos. Just heard the kids for TeenAngst preparing but there can only be 2 maybe shows left in the season…. 

WE NEED PLEDGE PROMOS AT THIS POINT due next tuesday

End of Spring / signups / Summer program dates  need to start working out these details.

04-08-14 BOARD MEETING

  • No Mary—Virgil in charge
  • Ben M and Danielle leaving early for CCP gathering.
  • ben leaving early next week for OP meeting. Will be busy saving the theatre
  • board elections abroad rule?
  • — should we just make sure to ask questions? rather than making a fall term ban
  • —position by a position question, some are more compartmentalized, some are longer term
  • —no ban, people should be as transparent as possible (let us know if you are/plan to go abroad)
  • —we should work on board transition plans in general
  • long run, make clearer election rules, currently right email to remind people of current rules and making it a more prominent, remember to ask those question, Captain Cohen will right email
  • board election insights?
  • record storage / record donation update / Argus? Becca?
  • —several angles ain’t working that well, university has a lot of push back but its moving forward
  • —maybe the argus would have a room, maybe?
  • —records are currently stored in 8×10, maybe we could fit them in here
  • —motivation to start project earlier
  • —becca get’s temp on argus mood
  • earth house WESU stuff?
  • —think that has connection to WESU
  • —virgil will look
  • yamantaka Sonic titan staff? Really Public? Posters  promos?
    — promo is on, needs to change to 9—but we will let it slide
    — posters are coming along to the board
    — its fully staffed and open to the public
    — reimbursed rentals for ethan
  • Hoody, T-shirt, Totes….
  • Ben M Finally got some dates from Venue for oldies show, will get back on that ASAP

April Staff Meeting Notes

04-06-14 WESU All Staff meeting

Welcome: (Ben)
2nd to last meeting of the “Year”:
 Lots to cover:  Elections, pledge drive,  75th Anniversary, and more. Want to get out of here ASAP so we can all squeeze the remaining juice out of this lovely spring day!

(Ben) Big Birthday Present is in the works:  Details not finalized but we are hopefully receiving a donation of 13,500 records. This collection rival our own in girth and diversity and are in much better shape. Plus they are catalogued. This will enable us to replace many beat copies in our collection and fill in holes in our collection left by theft over the years.  It’s a huge project that will make for endless service hours!

Collection is in Queens, NYC and we will have to get it by the end of April. Will likely have to rent a moving van, unless someone here has such a vehicle. The collection is currently house in an 8’X10’ storage facility so it needs to be a Big  as well as heavy load bearing vehicle. We will likely rent a moving truck and store the records off site until the project is complete.  We will also need a few volunteers.

(Mary) Record Fair Success!! By anyone’s measure it was our best yet.
Thanks to our Events director Izzy and our ADDJ Lee Berman for coordinating the event.
Thanks also to Danielle Pruitt for getting the word out as well as all of the volunteers who transported tons of WESU records, CDs and merchandise back and forth and worked at our booth.
We can’t forget the DJs who did a great job too as well as some of our staff who were vendors.
The whole day was a great success thanks to you all. Overall we started

(Danielle) Program guides:  Please help distribute them. Good for Service hours. Let us know where you put them (around campus and listening area). Do not leave more than  ½ doz in any one location.
Thanks to Virgil for the nice design.

(Becca) Personnel
Service hours: 
Have you done yours?  Don’t forget to complete and document your required service
hours.   Students don’t forget that in order to qualify for a show in the Fall, you need to complete 4 service hours before you leave for summer.  CV’s you need to comepletee service hours before the summer season apps are due (likely sometime in early May)

Training: a Reminder that trainees are looking for internships. Please let Personnel know if you are willing to host an intern. Its good for service hours but you have to be willing to provide a quality hands on experience.
(Anything else?)

(Ben) Pledge drive:
Out Spring Pledge will slowly roll out over the course of April continuing through the end of May.
We are finalizing details for our new merchandise, designing our pledge packets, and
and starting to create on air promotions.
Keeping with our recently successful “kinder gentler” pledge drive model, we will not setup a phone bank to solicit telethon style donations unless we have to.

In addition to spreading the word over the air through recorded promotions and live pitches directing listeners to our website to make donations, in large part, the success of our pledge drive model depends on directly connecting with our supporters through personal interaction.

Many staffers have raised substantial support by reaching out to people off air. This includes using online social networking like Face Book and sending emails to your personal and radio contacts as well as finding opportunities through your and community networks.

Much of the success of our Winter Drive can be directly attributed to using Facebook to keep our fans updated on our progress and recognizing our donors in a very visible way on FB.

We should have packets ready to go in the next week or so. These will include a letter from Mary, including a fun WESU crossword puzzle, a program guide and a WESU pledge form.
WE EXPECT EACH AND EVERY DJ TO PUT AT LEAST 2 PACKETS IN THE HANDS OF LIKELY DONORS!

New Merchandise designs are still being finalized and will be revealed soon via email perhaps a sneak peak?  In the works are: New 2 sided T-Shirt and hoody as well as a new bumper sticker and for the first time, a WESU Tot Bag!

We will be sending more tips and specific details soon. We will also put our Pledge binders in the studios with current talking points, WESU thank you gifts, and general instructions.    Stay tuned and on the lookout for new promos in the air studio coming soon. We’ll need you to play those promotions regular with increasing frequency as the end of the season approaches.

Other Board stuff?


(Mary)  Elections for the 2014-15 Board of directors will happen at the next monthly staff meeting.
- Board Members should each introduce themselves and talk about their positions.
- Note which positions are open to the public.
- Staff should be encouraged to consider running for a board position.
- Candidates should publish a letter of intent on the bulletin board by sending an email to staff@wesufm.org
- Letters should be up by 2 weeks preceding the election 4/20 (only 2 weeks!)
- please note that if you will be abroad in the fall you cannot run but you can run if you’ll be abroad in the spring

-Pease think about running and talk with board members for more info about their positions and experience.

 

(Ben) 75 years:

Website: There’s now prominent links on our website directing people to WESU 75 anniversary related posts.

Events are taking a little longer than anticipated but we are making progress and have some good stuff in the works including a Concert next Week, a Seminar during Wesleyan reunion Commencement, a farm to table fundraising dinner event at O’Rourke’s Diner during harvest season,  an oldies concert for late summer, a reggae concert for September,  A city proclamation an all out  birthday bash in the fall, and more! If you have any specific ideas for events that you would like to produce, by all means – let me Know!  

75 year Programming:

There’s now prominent links on our website directing people to WESU 75 anniversary related posts.

Our 2 related programs have been well received.
BMs show, Welcome back has been helping us learn the history of WESU.

75 years of has been going great too:
April’s theme is: poetry and There’s a link to CC’s inaugural 75 years of Poetry show on the website right now.
May’s theme will be 75 Years of WESU and Wesleyan Related Artists hosted by Rob DeRosa

June will be 75 Years of African-American Musicians in honor of African-American Music Appreciation Month -

  • We need music submissions for both and still need a curator for June.
  • PLEASE – PLEASE – CONSIDER HELPING.
  • There are links to submit your song suggestions on the 75 anniversary page of our website.

75 years of… Poetry!

75 yrs poetryDuring April, C.C. Arshagra, our “Spoken Mind Poet” and host of “The I Do Not Know Show”, is curating our “75 years of….” spotlighting poetry, spoken word, and lyrically dense music.
Check out the most recent episode:

Last week’s episode:

By exploring monthly themes, “75 years of…” provides a free-form cross section of programing genres that would likely have been absent fro the airwaves for the past 75 years without stations like WESU.  Currently, the program broadcasts each Wednesday at 11pm.

The “I Do not Know Show” broadcasts live on Saturday nights / Sunday at 1:30am. In the mean time you can find recent show archives and more by clicking here.