MINUTES KXNM BOARD of DIRECTORS MEETING - Thursday – December 17, 2020
Due to Covid-19 social distancing restrictions, the Board of Directors met using a hybrid model that combined both in-person (limited to 5 participants) and Zoom, a video conferencing application, for directors not participating in-person.
Present in-Person: Art Swenka, Babbi Baker, Lacey Cromer, Frank McKinnis, Joyce McKinnis, Dwayne Parker, guest from Early Bird Wireless
Present in Zoom: Ladd Hagmaier, Bill Simms, Keith Smith, Dixie Swenka, Randy Wright, Angela Gonzales, representative from Pattern Energy
Art Swenka, President called the meeting to order at 2:00 p.m. All in-person participants maintained Covid-19 safety protocols throughout the meeting by wearing a facemask, and practicing social distancing.
The Pledge of Allegiance was said by all directors present.
A quorum was met with all directors present.
CONSENT AGENDA: Frank McKinnis motioned to approve the agenda for the December 17, 2020 and the minutes for the November 19, 2020 board meetings as submitted; Dixie Swenka seconded the motion. Art Swenka conducted a roll call vote and directors unanimously approved the consent agenda.
a. Discussion and vote to appoint Angela Gonzales to the Board of
Directors. Art Swenka introduced Angela Gonzales, who
represents Pattern Energy and recommended appointing her to the
KXNM Board of Directors. A brief discussion followed and directors
enthusiastically supported electing Angela to the Board of Directors.
Babbi Baker nominated Angela Gonzales to serve on the KXNM Board of Directors and Frank McKinnis seconded the motion.
Art Swenka conducted a roll call vote and directors unanimously approved her election to the board. Directors welcomed and congratulated Angela on her election to the board.
b. Ceiling repairs and cost estimate from Mark Valdez – Art Swenka
contacted Mark Valdez, who does carpentry work for the station, and
asked him to inspect and estimate costs to repair the drop ceiling at
the station. Mark recommended supporting the ceiling using metal
strips, normally available through Mueller Inc. in Moriarty. The metal
strips are not in stock and repairs are pending their availability.
c. A New radio show featuring local musicians – Randy Wright,
Secretary discussed a new show, Sounds of the East Mountains,
featuring recordings of local bands and musicians. The show is
hosted and produced by Bill Cochran, a Tijeras-based musician
with the Reverend E and the Vagrants band. Lacey Cromer,
Assistant Station Manager, will edit the show.
The 30-minute show features 6-8 songs performed by local musicians,
and includes background commentary about the bands, interviews with
featured musicians, and information about their upcoming concerts and
performances. The show debuts on January 8, 2021 at 9:00 p.m. with
an encore performance on the following Tuesday at 6:00 p.m.
Directors had several questions about the show including:
Will the music played be original?
Most the music will not be original or copyrighted to the band playing
it, but will comply with the various performance rights organization’s
How do we prevent the broadcast of objectionable language?
The host and editor are knowledgeabe about FCC prohibited language
and will not broadcast it. All shows will be pre-recorded, edited and
any FCC prohibited language will be deleted before broadcasting the
show. Live performances will not be broadcast.
- Update on Pattern Energy Partnership - Art Swenka reported on ongoing discussions with Pattern Energy, and stressed the importance of electing Angela Gonzales to the board.
TREASURER’S REPORT: Joyce McKinnis, Treasurer highlighted how annual expenses due in December created a negative monthly balance of ($5,600). The annual expenses included $3,562 for engineering services provided by Austin Burch, Station Engineer over the past year; $759 annual programming fee for Stardate and $3,600 for property insurance.
Joyce also discussed new cost savings by combining insurance coverage with one agency. And Lacey Cromer reduced costs by switching from Team Viewer software to Splash Talk resulting in an annual saving of $500.
Joyce announced that the station applied for a New Mexico grant for $10,000 funded by the CARES Act. The state will approve grants and notify grantees by December 23, 2020.
Randy Wright motioned to approve the Treasurer’s Report as submitted and Babbi Baker seconded the motion. Art Swenka conducted a roll call vote and directors unanimously approved the Treasurer’s Report.
COMMITTEE REPORTS: No Committee Reports were presented.
VICE PRESIDENTS REPORT: Bill Simms reported that the Corona High School’s FFA Clovis Livestock Auction Report could be returning, since the technical issues affecting the broadcast are resolved. Bill also discussed problems with Mountainair Internet access, and that progress is being made with Plateau to provide VOIP telephone service for the station.
PRESIDENTS REPORT: Art Swenka reported on the success of streaming and provided information on listener statistics including active sessions, starts and listeners hours. Art commented that the streaming audience is growing rapidly and nearly doubled from last month. Streaming revenue also increased to $240 during this reporting period.
Art also reported the accounts receivable were higher than in previous months and contributed to the monthly deficit. He explained that invoices were mailed to underwriters rather than collected in-person, which delayed payments. Invoices were mailed because of Covid-19 safety concerns.
Before the meeting adjourned, Dwayne Parker from Early Bird Wireless
discussed a proposal in collaboration with Austin Burch to shorten the hop from the station to the transmitter, and will present a formal proposal in the future.
Art Swenka announced that the next board meeting scheduled for January 21, 2021 is the Annual Meeting and election of officers including:
Vice President for 2-years
Treasurer for 2-years
Secretary for 1-year
Randy Wright noted that both the incumbent Vice President and Secretary have exceeded term limits specified for these offices in accordance with the bylaws. The bylaws also provide for a waiver of term limits by a supermajority vote of the full board.
Consequently, Babbi Baker motioned that the term limit restrictions be waived for the election of Vice President and Secretary at the Annual Meeting in January 2021. Dixie Swenka seconded the motion and Art Swenka conducted a roll call vote and directors unanimously approved the term limit waivers for the next election.
The meeting adjourned at 2:50 p.m.
Respectfully Submitted: Approved:
Randy Wright, Secretary Arthur J. Swenka, President
December 19, 2020
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KXNM Community Foundation Officers and Directors
Art Swenka, President | Bill Simms, Vice President | Joyce McKinnis, Treasurer | Randy Wright, Secretary
Directors: Babbi Baker | Lacey Cromer | Angela Gonzales | Ladd Hagmaier | Frank McKinnis
Keith Smith | Dixie Swenka
Directors Emeritus: Rhoda Geduld | John Griego | Pat Lincoln | Norm Onarheim | Matt Page