MINUTES of KXNM BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING
Wednesday -- May 16, 2018
Present: Art Swenka, Bill Simms, Ladd Hagmaier, Randy Wright
Guest: Peggy Schwebach, Community Advisory Committee Chair
Not Present: Dixie Swenka, John Griego, Barbara Kinney, Jo Onarheim, Norm Onarheim
Art Swenkacalled the meeting to order at 2:00 P.M.
The Pledge of Allegiance was said by all present.
A quorum was not met with only 4 of 9 directors present. As a result, the board officially conducted the meeting as a Committee of the Board, with its actions to be approved at the next Board Meeting with a quorum.
AGENDA:Randy Wrightmade a motion to approve the agenda with two changes:
- Change the meeting date on the Agenda to May 16, 2018 from March 21, 2018.
- Change the date of the minutes to be approved to April 18, 2018 from February 21, 2018.
MINUTES:Ladd Hagmaiermade a motion to accept the minutes from the April 18th meeting. Randy Wright seconded the motion, and it was approved by all.
- Randy Wright andBill Simms reported on progress in updating the song and maintenance file project initiated and lead by Joyce McKinnis. Currently, about one-half of the 8,000 files have been updated by adding missing data, removing random symbols like numbers, stars, etc. and by deleting corrupted song files.
This project will result is several important outcomes including:
- Adding the missing data allows songs in the audio files to be
2. The corrupted song files are believed to be a major cause of broadcast interruptions, and deleting them should eliminate some, if not all of the broadcast interruptions.
B. Discussion on “Recorded Broadcast on Mac Computers” was deferred to the next Board Meeting.
TREASURER’S REPORT: Art Swenka, substituting for John Griego provided a detailed Income Statement and Balance Sheet through April 30, 2018. Overall, the station’s financial position is positive and is expected to improve throughout the year with new underwriters increasing revenue, and with fewer expenses, since major expenses like royalty and insurance payments were paid in the first quarter.
VICE PRESIDENT’S REPORT: Bill Simmsreported on the contributions of volunteers, changes with the audio software, improvement in the station’s internet bandwidth, and the continued success of the FFA Reports and reporters.
Bill complemented Keith Smith, a station volunteer, on performing air conditioning maintenance and for his outstanding Mother’s Day Message broadcast. The station received many accolades for this broadcast, and Art Swenkarecommended that the station do promos for special broadcasts like the Mother’s Day Message, so listeners can tune in to hear it.
Bill discussed the impact Apple’s change from 32-bit to 64-bit systems will have on Adobe Audition, the station’s audio software. This change will potentially cost the station about $1,500/year in new Audition leasing costs. Bill recommended replacing Audition with Audacity, which is a free open source digital audio edition and recording computer software. These changes need to be completed by the end of the year.
Bill and Art Swenkareported that Duane Parkerfrom Scoop, one of the station’s internet service providers, realigned their antenna which boosted the station’s internet bandwidth to 30 MB, a significant improvement over the previous bandwidth.
Bill also reported that replacements for the graduating FFA reporters were appointed and need to be trained. Art Swenkaand Bill recently attended the FFA award ceremonies in Estancia and Corona. It was recommended that the station create a certificate of recognition to be presented to the station’s FFA reporters at these ceremonies.
Randy Wrightwill develop a prototype certificate for the board to review and consider at the next Board Meeting. Following board approval, Art will ask Terry Johnson, FFA Advisor at Corona, for advice on how to proceed with this project.
PRESIDENT’S REPORT: Art Swenka reported that the tower repairs are pending John Chedester’s (Broadcast Engineer) availability. The repairs will boost the station’s signal 300-500 watts, and restore the 18kw signal.
Art described a new show, Wellness, that airs on Tuesday at 7:30 a.m. and again on Thursday at 5:30 p.m. Wellness is produced by Advanced Performance Chiropractic & Massage in Edgewood.
Art also recruited three new underwriters and two additional underwriters are pending. These underwriters are supporting the station as a donation, rather than sponsoring a specific program.
COMMUNITY ADVISORY COMMITTEEREPORT: Peggy Schwebach, Community Advisory Committee Chair, reported that the CAC needs to be re-energized with new members. Peggy asked the board for clarification on the committee’s mission and how to identify new members.
Ladd Hagmaier responded that the committee needs members who are interested and committed to helping the station meet the needs of the community. Ladd raised the question for the committee, ‘What does the station need to do, that it is not doing?’
Randy Wrightdistributed a copy of the station’s Local Content and Service Report that provides examples of the station’s and the CAC’s mission. The report identifies how the station’s programming aligns with, supports and strengthens the community.
OLD BUSINESS: There was no discussion of old business.
The next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, June 20, 2018 at 2 p.m. at the KXNM Offices and Studios in McIntosh.
The meeting adjourned at 4:00 PM
Respectfully Submitted: Approved:
Randy Wright, Secretary Arthur J. Swenka, President