Our new broadcast automation system - named Hal is an informal poll of show hosts - is in the studio. Engineering plans to put it online replacing Simian on Saturday, January 7. Although we have to expect the bumps in the road of any technological transition, the new system will eliminate the endemic issues with Simian during the last year and make remote show posting, management of back up shows, and scheduling syndicated programming much easier.
We owe a lot of thanks to Engineering Chair Donald Brumfield for making this happen with the kind assistance of Bill McClymont. We also appreciate the donors to our 2016 Annual Appeal and Orange County for funding Hal.
WCOM promoted itself and underwriting opportunities at the Chapel Hill Carrboro Chamber of Commerce's Primetime Business Expo at the Friday Center on Thursday, November 11. The chamber generously gave WCOM a booth at Orange County's largest such event, putting us in the same venue as WCHL, WQDR, Wells Fargo, Camerons, the Chapel Hill Sheraton Hotel, and several dozen other area businesses.
Donald "DJ Smooth Jazz" Brumfield, WCOM's engineer, staffs our booth at the Primetime Business Expo.
WCOM hosts Ernie Hood, Don Emmett, Becky Johnson, Donald Brumfield, Bill Hendrickson, Art Menius, and Dave Bellin took turns representing the station both at our booth and visiting those of other businesses.
The members of the Public Gallery of Carrboro (dba WCOM Community Radio) held its 2016 Annual Meeting on Saturday, October 22 in the ArtsCenter. The membership by acclamation elected Eliza Dubose to a three year term on the board of directors starting on January 1, 2017.
Donald Brumfield presented the engineering report, Bill Henderickson for the Development Committee, and Karl Blake for the Programming Committee. The latter has been very active lately adding new local and syndicated shows and developing a system for rebroadcasting local programs. Art Menius offered the financial report indicating that the board has ended the unfortunate run of $2000 annual losses that began with the $5400 per year increase in studio space rental.
Menius gave the chair's state of the station report. He listed numerous accomplishments of the past nine plus months including enhanced budgeting and cash flow projections, stronger committees, new bylaws and observing them, more fundraising and grants, adoption of and monitoring a long range plan, bringing the station into compliance with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998 with the outstanding support of music hosts entering data into Spinitron, and 100% underwriting compliance. He also listed challenges before us including increasing involvement in the local community, strengthening the community of WCOM members, getting more people involved in the tasks that keep the station on the air, and building a financial reserve.
Thanks to our station engineer, Donald (DJ Smooth Jazz) Brumfield and board member Don (Rock n Roll Doctor) Emmett, WCOM had a presence at the Carrboro Music Festival on September 25.
Focus on Business began airing in 2013 on WCOM-FM and has featured local, regional and national guests talking about the things that impact businesses, whether on Main Street or Wall Street. The growing popularity and visibility of the show and its host Lea Strickland have generated broad interest in being a show guest.
Guests and listeners have been providing positive feedback on what the show has been doing to increase the visibility of their organizations, the Town of Carrboro, and WCOM. With a mix of hot topics including the impact of current changes in regulations impacting businesses including overtime rules and minimum wage laws, to the efforts to get a balance budget amendment to the US Constitution through grassroots efforts, as well as profiles of successful entrepreneurs and non-profit initiatives, Focus on Business is having a positive impact on the business community.
Lea Strickland, the creator and host of Focus on Business, is an author, columnist, entrepreneur and small business owner. She has published six books and over 800 articles on business issues that have appeared in Entrepreneur Magazine, Mainstreet.com, TheStreet.com, FoxBusiness.com, Sales & Service Excellence, =, Small Business Technology Magazine, and more. Lea is a frequent speaker on how to start and grow businesses, and on how leadership plays a role in the culture and success of organizations.
Lea’s extensive background in working with businesses large and small and as an entrepreneur enables her to create a strong connection with both her guests and her audience, providing valuable lessons on building, maintaining and strengthening businesses. Upcoming guests and show topics include Nick Dranias with Compact for America, who will discuss the Balanced Budget Amendment grassroots campaign. Future shows will also focus on increasing government regulations including overtime and minimum wage changes; chats with nationally recognized authors; and spotlights on local businesses and non-profits.
To be a guest or recommend a business success story to profile,click on the Be My Guest. To listen to past episodes, download the WCOM podcasts for Focus on Business or click Listen/Watch Focus on Business on Lea’s website.
Focus on Business is underwritten by Close HR Connections (http://closehrconnections.com/) and F.O.C.U.S. Resources.
The WCOM community owes a big debt of gratitude to Donald “DJ Smooth Jazz” Brumfield who not only agreed to take on the vacant chair job with the Engineering Committee but to serve on the board of directors effective immediately. Donald reported on the late May meeting of the Engineering Committee. Jim Dennis of the Music Loft is our man for equipment issues. Bill McClymont, now an advisor to the committee as is Tofu Dave, is training Donald on Simian so that Donald can become the go-to person for Simian.
At the party, we expect to have new WCOM T-SHIRTS available as a premium for $15 or more donations to your station. Thanks to Don and Donald for making this happen.
The Board Development Committee which will recruit board candidates for the October election will be Don Emmett, Tana Hartman, Marc Lee, and Ben Alschuler. You can send me nominations of others or yourself at the email above. I’ll forward them to the committee. We now have five functioning committees as compared to one in 2015. If you are interested in committee service, just email me.
The Program Committee reported that during the next two months two completely new shows and one returning after a couple of years will be joining our lineup. We are saying goodbye, however, to Sidelinz Sports and its host TC Rogers after four years. The final Sidelinz aired on June 8.
Rather than a regular monthly meeting in July, your board will hold a long range planning session on the 9th. The next regular board meeting will be August 10.