MINUTES KXNM BOARD of DIRECTORS MEETING
Thursday – August 20, 2020
Present: Art Swenka, Lacey Cromer, Frank McKinnis, Joyce McKinnis, Ladd Hagmaier, Randy Wright
Not Present: Babbi Baker, Bill Simms, Keith Smith, Dixie Swenka
Art Swenka called the meeting to order at 2:00 p.m. All participants maintained Covid-19 safety protocols throughout the meeting by wearing a facemask, and practicing social distancing. Lacey Cromer distributed facemasks to board members with 88.7 printed on them.
The Pledge of Allegiance was said by all present.
A quorum was met with 6 of 10 directors present with Frank McKinnis and Joyce McKinnis participating via teleconference.
CONSENT AGENDA: Ladd Hagmaier motioned to approve the agenda as amended for August 20, 2020 and the minutes for the July 15, 2020 board meetings as submitted. Ladd recommended changing the September meeting date from September 20th to September 17th, which is a Thursday. Lacey Cromer seconded the motion and directors unanimously approved the consent agenda.
a. Update Pattern Energy Partnership - Art Swenka reported on the latest meeting with Pattern Energy, where an apparent agreement was reached. Pattern agreed to provide $70,000 in funding for streaming and partnership activities with five regional high schools. Pattern also wants KXNM to stream to specific areas in the country, particularly to South Carolina. Art will consult with Austin Burch, the Station’s Engineer, on how to accomplish this.
Lacey Cromer distributed copies of KXNM’s streaming statistics, which shows listener hours and subsequent costs. Lacey reported that the advertising revenue from streaming and local streaming underwriting revenue, basically pays for the streaming service each month.
b. Update on Property Sale to Torrance County - Art Swenka provided an update on the sale of .45 acres of station property to Torrance County. The property survey is complete as specified, and County Planning and Zoning, and well as the County Commissioners have approved the purchase. The station is awaiting payment.
c. Rebroadcasting KXNM’s Signal from Moriarty - Art Swenka
lead a discussion initiated by Ernie Sanchez on rebroadcasting
KXNM’s signal from the tower in Moriarty operated by Don Davis. The purpose of rebroadcasting from Don’s tower is to improve KXNM’s signal in the northern coverage area.
Art asked the board to review Ernie’s proposal, which include the purchase of equipment (about $2,500), negotiations with Don Davis to use his tower at a cost, and the short-term nature of any agreement. Don plans to move his operations to Santa Fe after one year of broadcasting from Moriarty, which could cancel any agreement.
Directors advised Art to focus on the partnership with Pattern Energy, and to delay any potential partnership with Don Davis at the Moriarty site unless, circumstances surrounding any agreement changes.
TREASURER’S REPORT: Art Swenka distributed copies of financial statements including the Income Statement, Balance Sheet and Income by Comparison. Joyce McKinnis, Treasurer, reported that expenses exceeded revenue for July, which was due to $3,000 for recurring attorney fees, and five weeks of payroll, which occurs twice each year.
Revenue was down about $1,000 due to the loss of five underwriters. But will be offset by a $3,200 payment from the Census Bureau for ads in July and August, which Joyce said helps to offset the loss of sports broadcasting revenue.
Randy Wright motioned to approve the Treasurer’s Report as submitted; Lacey Cromer seconded the motion and directors unanimously approved it.
COMMITTEE REPORTS: No Committee Reports were presented.
VICE PRESIDENT’S REPORT: The Vice President’s Report was not presented.
PRESIDENTS REPORT: Art Swenka reported on several station maintenance issues including replacing the motor in a cooler at the office, a systems update at the tower, upgraded internet access at the office, and the need for an updated computer at the tower in order to use Team Viewer.
Lacey Cromer recommended purchasing a Raspberry Pi, which costs about $80 to use Team Viewer at the tower. Art commented that the office Internet access was being upgraded to 30mb download speed, and that Wi-Power Internet access would be used as a backup.
The next Board of Directors Meeting is scheduled for Thursday, September 17, 2020 at 2 p.m. at the KXNM Offices and Studios in McIntosh.
The meeting adjourned at 3:00 p.m.
Respectfully Submitted: Approved:
Randy Wright, Secretary Arthur J. Swenka, President
August 24, 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 | Ladd Hagmaier | Frank McKinnis | Keith Smith | Dixie Swenka
Directors Emeritus: Pat Lincoln | Norm Onarheim | Matt Page | Rhoda Geduld