Always bittersweet as we say goodbye to staff members who are moving on. Hope we can acknowledge that today and make this a fun meeting.
Disciplinary action: last staff meeting absence follow up?
-sent to 7 students
-2 responses so far
-going to send it to the other people tonight and this weekend, through the general WESU email.
-Danielle will be sending out a general staff email about meeting attendance.
Pledge Drive: Brainstorm on value of WESU. Tactics to explore for inspiring pledges. FB posts, blog posts.
-letters should be done by Monday. (Danielle, Tess, Becca, Laura)
-write a blurb to send to Tess to post on FB
IF we don’t raise at least $20,000 we will not have the money we need for upgrades.
Commencement: can’t have a tent. Stick with the Open House. Update blurb for R&C brochure: it hasn’t been printed yet.
-getting an alternative space for a WESU alumni event? Tess and Laura will meet with the head of R&C tomorrow to discuss.
Board hours are important, we have trainees dropping in for service hours between 4-6 so please make sure someone is around.
NYC Record Dude (Keith) took remainder of records that he purchase from WESU at the Record Fair. All that remains is a relatively small load of CDs and loose 78 rpm records.
Feet to the fire? WESU table at the event on May 8 – Tess will get in touch with Eliza about this
WESU and The Wesleyan Argus bring you two more evenings with Wesleyan alumni who are now working in journalism! The first talk will be on Tuesday at 7PM; the second will be on Friday at 7PM. Both will take place in Allbritton 311. See the Facebook event page for more details.
License application update from BM, EEP, and ownership reports filed w FCC per Legal Counsel
We filed early, awaiting word from the lawyers!
Hard nips Concert (Izzy)
1) Security update
Applied for money, awaiting results, need board members to help staff the event
2) Promos (Hanna)
3) Poster on website/Facebook and Wesleying next week (DP)
4) Flyering campus (trainees? Izzy/Eliza reach out)
– Do we want them to table the event for us?
– No thank you, but why not something else
– Is it as simple as it sounds??????
– Is it a waste of their time?
– Answer is no
WesDEF program (Ben?)
– happening next week on Wednesday, 11/9 at 5:30pm in 41 Wyllys, room 112. Any delegates?
– Mary might go
– we have something to offer as a service to the town
IBS East coast 1 day (Botson) conference is Nov 16.
Anyone want to go rep? (Virgil)
Training (Eliza/Hannah updates)
It’s been going well, thanks everyone!!!
Planning for Proctoring the Practical Exam
Problem with getting service hours, tell them to come in—their is plenty to do!
Any discipline issues/no-shows?
EVERYONE IS PERFECT
Absences from staff meeting are being assessed
1) Disciplinary follow-up….how’d it go?
– well its going well
– working on retraining
2) Anyone interested in replacing EKM?
MB will post/email staff about the elections to clarify details
Notes from the meeting will be published
LISTSERV is coming firstname.lastname@example.org
it went well
WESU T-shirt contest
feedback will be sent back
Pledge promos contest:
1) Review and pick a winner
2) Ben gives a production demo
Extension of 75th Anniversary Promo competition for next week
Do we has a tagline: we need one, or should we keep “75 years of music and public affairs”
Student group activities fair How did it go?
Training – any needs / updates? Who can do this? WP savvy..? Wesleying post? Facebook event? Flyering? Website?
Program guide – Now 2 sided – update please? This need to go to the printer ASAP.
Pledge drive time frame and method? Start up in April? Goal? Maybe 15K—maybe more??? We nearly hit that this past fall… Packets??? When to get them out? What’s the angle? Kindler gentler again…
Staff resource page (WESUFM.org/STAFF) per suggestion last week..
Clean up outdated shows on stream rewind? There are many shows listed that are no longer on air. Can Hanna cross reference? Ben can then double check list and then maybe Nate can delete?
divest from fossil fuels: supermajority vote in the sunday meeting
do we do politics as a station….
Staff meeting on Sunday – need email reminder.
Mailing to ct stores is in the works (by Ian Work study)
need t post around campus and town soon.
Did we send Rec Fair info to Stephan Allison to get listed at www.Arts2.go.org and in the City Arts calendar for March?
Can we get an ad it printed in Argus and how do we get the fair promoted on Wesleying? DEVELOPING A BETTER RELATIONSHIP WITH THE ARGUS
DP to work on a press release for the Rec Fair.
Oldies concert update: looks like April 19th at MHC PAC – made a bunch of calls today to start lining up performers. coming together, more from BM soon (maybe the five satins), recognizing CV and community
a lot of promo of
Death in concert? progress is being made
YTST April 12
Roots of Hip Hop summit idea…
— 75 years of” radio show still needs our input. Raise your hand if you have contributed to the April (poetry), and May (Wes connected), and June (African American) themes?
— BM reached out to the CFA to see if they might be willing to work with us on some of the events.
— Website needs 75th anniversary landing page www.WESUFM.org/75 Who can do?—Hoping for 75th committee to meet following the staff meeting.
— MB is working on an alumni update email feeling out interest support for “gala” event.
Discipline – Friday night situation w Dave. Any word on die cast no show? On air tonight?Board Promo contest listen and vote! Make yours by Sat or be shamed.
With no March staff meeting, due to snow, we have a lot of ground to cover including a several updates from the board and a pre pledgedrive talk.
Adobe defaults: To the people who reconfigure the adobe audition suite and make important things LIKE THE RECORD BUTTON disappear…. please stop! It is great that we can customize many features in this program (outdated as it may be). But it really set other people back when they cannot find the most basic controls when they need them.
It never hurts to reboot the computer if you’re starting a new editing session.
Personnel (Ben G):
Contact info: There’s a new staff list up in Studio A. Please make sure your email and phone are up to date on new staff list in Studio A. Feel free to fill in your phone # on that sheet, or fill it in on today’s attendance sheet.
Training: first sessions happened last week. It’s going well but we can always use more help. Any staff member can volunteer to help teach training, and/or to speak at the Tips and Tricks panel. Get in touch with Ben if you want to do so.
Staff email list: Has everyone here been getting all staff emails? Contact Ben G. if you’re not.
-Spending our budget for new music. Get in touch with the MDs (email@example.com)
– Seeking suggestions for purchase the station would benefit from adding to the library
– Please get in touch!
-Reminder that today (Sunday) through this Tuesday are the fifth of the month. So if you have a 1/3/5 show on one of those days, you’re on this week and also next week (the first of the month).
-Julie Burstein speaking event on the horizon – please help and participate! April 8, 7PM, CFA Hall. Julie Burstein founded Studio 360 on WNYC and is overall an awesome person. She’ll be giving a talk about the creative process. Play the promo in the Priority Promo folder!
-Record fair was a great success! Thanks to Lee, David, and everyone who helped pull it off (DJs). It always takes a lot of work but it has continued to grow into a cherished tradition and important fundraising and community outreach event! It’s also a ton of fun!
-sold our entire record fair collection!
-we now have space to store our donated collection.
Public Relations (Tess):
– WESU Magazine: looking for written and audio content.
– New T-shirt designs by Lara and Kaitlin.
-keep a lookout for (temporary) tattoos, other cool merch.
-come to Art Group meetings at 8PM on Thursdays.
-Make a promo for your show! Email Abby at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’re interested in getting some help.
-Muslim Women’s Voices – still a few more events, please keep an eye out for and play the promos to help promote this cool and important CFA concert series. (Watch the end dates!)There’s music by one of the artists pinned to the bulletin board in the studio now. Sometimes the artists are available for interviews too!
-For a Radio station, we could do a much better job promoting our own programming to our own listeners. This is not because our production director, Abby is not working hard and producing content of her own as well as helping others. She’s is doing a fantastic job. It’s because many among our 150+ staff haven’t made promos.
-Of the promos we do have, many of them are old. Some show promos are more than 10 years old…. In addition to Abby, there are lots of people on staff who can help you learn to record and edit a new promo. It’s fun!
-Mind you, if you’ll never have a show on WESU again in the same spot after the first 2 weeks of May, when our spring season ends, there are probably better ways to earn a service hour.
Public Affairs (Laura):
– Help gathering info for Public File: this is our way of showing what people talk about on our public affairs folder. If you’re interested in helping to gather this info, get in touch with Laura (email@example.com).
– History Rewrite for website: contact Laura & Mizael if you want to help out.
– College Media Conference in NYC: It was super informative to meet people from college radio stations all over the country, and to get a better sense of the media landscape (hooray for buzzwords) that we’re part of. We should definitely keep sending delegates to this!
Election pitch (Danielle and Becca):
Sad but true! We’ll be electing a new Board of Directors at our Next Meeting.
Please consider participating on our form of quasi democratic governance of WESU.
Our elected Board of Directors should reflect the diversity of our staff and programming (including CVs, who have been absent from the board for too long)
Letters of intent need to be posted by 4/19, 2 weeks before May election/meeting.
To announce candidacy, just send an email to staff list.
We encourage creative campaign letters/posters, videos etc.Candidates will make a pitch and answer questions at the May meeting.
Write-in candidates are allowed at the election but are not able to make a stump speech or field questions like candidates who met the 4/19 deadline.
Very quick pitches from all present board members.
Visit wesufm.org/contact to see all of the positions on the Board, as well as the contact info for each position. If you’re thinking of running, you’re highly encouraged to contact the current board member and chat with them about what they do!
Pledge goal is $20K (same amount as last spring)
What’s different about this pledge drive is that however much we raise, we get to keep it!
Most years during our spring pledge drive we are raising just enough to have balanced budget by the end of the fiscal year (July 1).
Because of our successful capital campaign to raise money for upgrades, we have essentially raised enough money to balance the budget.
Anything we raise at this point will “profit” the station!
In that sense this is a VERY IMPORTANT DRIVE as it will essentially be the capstone of our 2-year capital campaign.
By raising $20K we should be able to:
Purchase at least one new mixing board
refurbish the current board and relocate to studio C.
redesign and get some new consoles and furniture in the 2 main studios. Tighten them up soundwise.
make studio b more productive for group conversations/meetings and live performance art.
With 20K we can do that! If we only raise $5K we won’t even be able to replace a mixing board. The money we raise in this drive will ensure that the money that we have raised for this project will be used as it was intended.
We received to several large donations last pledge drive specifically for this upgrade—as well as hundreds of smaller donations but just as important contributions from the various communities we serve.
Long story short – If we raise 15K we get to keep the 15K that we are ahead by. If we raise $20K we get to spend it all on station upgrades.
This is why we are shooting for $20K, which seems very doable considering we raised that amount last spring and just raised nearly $30K in our Fall drive. And of course, the fact that more staff are now inspired to participate.
it’s all about finding a the right way to connect with the various communities we serve. Your contribution to the pledge drive and the station should reflect that.
If more staff really make the effort, more listeners will donate and WESU will be better!
Also, we are working on revising the online giving system that should make it more user friendly and more like a shopping cart, per staff and donor suggestions.