WORT 89.9 FM
118 S. Bedford Street
Madison, WI 53703
November 3, 2014
5:00 – 6:30pm
Present: Karma Chavez, Stuart Utley, Rich Samuels, Sybil Augustine, Molly Stentz, Dan Ruggiero
Absent: Jim Schwall
Meeting Commenced: 5:08 p.m.
1.) Communication from the Public
•Suggestion that the station needs a new design (logo?)
•Suggestion for more music and less conversation on Pan Africa show.
•The station received several complaints about the access hour’s controversial coverage of gender issues. Some were offended by the content, especially as WORT has been known as an LGBT space in Madison.
2.Communication from the Board:
3.Next Meeting: December 8th at 5:00pm
4.Last Month’s Meeting Minutes (Approved).
•The station has hired a music assistant (Aaron Scholz) who will assist with late night programs, communication, training.
•Continuing to train new Jazz Hosts
•Working on playback software needed for digital music submissions.
•Preparing for election coverage (3 hours on election night); guess-hosted by Mr. Smartypants
•Dylan Brogan has been hired as the new news assistant.
•A Public Affair has an opening slot (day); screening applicants, current host to continue through November elections.
5b. The PC committee met with two members of the Radio Literature Program to address issues of consistent quality and host needs/ organization. The considerations below reflect our need for working with shows to address issues soon, before a formal evaluation process.
•Radio Literature explores all (any) literature that individual hosts find as relevant to WORT listeners: Poetry, Fiction, Memior, Non-Fiction, Personal Essay (current literature from around the globe) and hosts generally try to interview authors to introduce WORT listeners to contemporary literature.
Q & A summary: Shows are differentially pre-recorded and live. There is coverage of authors coming to town, as well as Madison writers, but this is not a mainstay of the show, as the writing scene in Madison has seemed to dry up over the years (the literature explored in the show is not inherenly local, and this was never a mainstay). People tell the hosts they listen, but pledge levels are relatively low. The structure of the show is individual among hosts, as opposed to a consistent show model that is repeated every show (and this is something that has been proposed by WORT staff as a potential direction to provide a smoother, revised show model). If a host can’t make the show, people try to fill in, but they sometimes have to play pre-recorded shows (they never repeat shows more than once). They do give each other positive feedback, but not formal evaluation within the group. They do reach out to potential new hosts, and there is a process in place (they approach potential hosts). They have a need for recruiting an additoinal show engineer (Melvin currently acts as engineer, and is a key host). They have a need for reaching listeners through a web page, they’ve requested help in maintaining a website, and the idea of a weekly blog is appealing to hosts.
6.Program Evaluations Update
7.NEW (OLD) BUSINESS
Meeting Adjourned : 7:00 pm.
Notes By: Dan Ruggiero
_X_ FINAL VERSION. APPROVED: 12 / 8/ 2014