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June 2016 Board Highlights

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.

 

The Development Committee has planned a great WCOM member party for Monday, June 20. All WCOM members (show hosts, volunteers, and donors) should have received an email invitation two weeks ago. If you did not, please email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . If you did, please rsvp. There is no admission fee! Vimala’s is donating the food and dessert; WCOM non-alcoholic beverages; music by mandolin great Tony Williamson.

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.

 

 

The Batchelor Pad with LA Batchelor

 

One of WCOM’s newest shows is The Batchelor Pad Show with LA Batchelor. The program joined the WCOM family in October 2015 and airs Mondays from 6 to 8 pm Eastern. It can also be heard on 900/1250 ESPN radio in New Hampshire (espnnhradio.com), WHBO in Tampa, Florida (Sports Talk 1450) and online at blogtalkradio.com. The program talks about the issues of the day from sports and politics to race, society, religion, and business (Full disclosure: I am a recurring guest on the program to talk business, legislation and the issues of the day).

LA Batchelor, show creator and host, first moved to North Carolina in 1998. He has been in radio for over 20 years working as a DJ playing urban R&B, jazz, rock, country, jazz, hip hop, gospel, quiet storm — and he’s done it during morning drive, mid-day, afternoon, evening, and overnight. “I’ve been all over the place,” says Batchelor. “It’s been a blessing. I love radio; it’s in my blood.”

The show’s eclectic mix of topics and guests as well as its broad audience enables the show to stay fresh, relevant, and on point for what impacts listeners on a daily basis. To learn more about the program, its host, and guests you can visit the show’s website: thebatchelorpadnetwork.com

 

Music Hall with Rocco Nittoli

“Radio shows don’t just happen. It takes planning and prep. It is about the music, the artist, and the message.” Says Rocco Nittoli host of WCOM’s Music Hall, which airs Saturdays 9 am to Noon. Rocco should know: He been on the air with Music Hall since December 2003, but began his radio career in 1961 and has spent decades honing his mastery of crafting the right mix of music, information on artists, and connecting with the audience across the airwaves.

Rocco’s experience in crafting a listener experience comes through in each Music Hall show. “I usually think about a theme for the show. My April 16 (2016) show’s theme was British groups. Then you find the strongest songs, not necessarily the number one songs or the biggest hits and groups, but you want timeless songs—the music and the lyrics—it needs to be as relevant today as it was when the music was made.” Says Rocco.

The best shows are seamless and seem effortless, but in reality require time and attention to detail in the planning, in choosing the music, and how to sequence it. They’re about making the transition between songs, messages, news, and information. According to Rocco, the best shows are about sharing the insights and the stories of the day and behind the music: “There is no substitute for experience in radio—people with experience have a huge advantage. Just like driving a car, the more time you spend behind the wheel the more instinctive it is to drive the car. [It’s] the same with radio. As you get older, you gain experience, but you also have changes in your voice, in learning the equipment, and the timing. It is different. You have to feel the show, the atmosphere of the day.” Says Rocco.

According to Rocco the theme shows in which he plays a genre or era of music take planning, but are more about finding the right songs and the right mix of sound and voices. Switching between groups and solo artists, male and female voice, tempo and beat, style and sound, it creates a dynamic interesting mix that keeps the audience tuned in. He wants a “tight” show where the audience hears song after song that connects them to the theme and to life. A song may take them back in time, get them to recall an emotion or experience, or become the soundtrack for the day. To keep the audience tuned in, put the effort into planning and preparing, and doing homework so the music mix brings fans in and keeps them listening.

Rocco’s Keys to a Great Show:

  1. Never play a “weak” song. Keep the audience in the theme, in the mood, and engaged.
  2. Always be prepared for a mistake, a glitch, a technical issue; have a backup plan for everything that could possibly go wrong. A CD isn’t playing? Have another ready to go. The microphone stops working? Have another plugged in. As part of your show preparation make a plan for what to do if the CD player doesn’t work, the turntable gets stuck, or the microphone goes dead.
  3. Always, always be aware of what you say on the air. The better you are on air, the more glaring the mistakes and technical issues will be. So be sure to keep the transitions smooth and tight, avoid dead air and develop your ability to adapt, recover, and keep the show interesting
  4. Remember: The first five minutes of the show sets the tone and are the hardest moments to do. With the first five minutes, you want to get the audience hooked and let them know what the show is about.

Rocco will be doing his 600th show in July 2016. Since Music Hall began in 2003, he has only missed two or three shows. For Rocco the show is as much about the lead in, the setup, the planning, as it is about the time on air. Tune in Saturdays 9 am to Noon Eastern to WCOM-FM’s Music Hall and listen to Rocco tell the story of our lives and times with timeless music and share his experience and love of music.

Author:  Lea Strickland, Host of Focus on Business

 

From the Chairman

From the Chair

Save the Date for Monday, June 20! We will hold a WCOM Family Solstice Celebration on Pickards Mountain. This will not be a fundraiser; there will be no admission charge, although there will be some sort of advance signup. It will be a party for WCOM members with live music by Tony Williamson. Vimala’s Curryblossom Café will donate the food! WCOM will provide non-alcoholic beverages. The party is open to hosts and volunteers, their families, and their underwriters.

Donald (DJ Smooth Jazz) Brumfield has stepped forward to agree to become a badly needed Simian operator. We still need a couple more so that someone trained will always available when we have automation problems. We also badly need someone willing to fill the vacant Engineering Committee chair. Don Emmitt will get new station t-shirts fabricated for WCOM. These should be ready by the June 20 celebration.

The biggest volunteer need we have is a volunteer coordinator. A volunteer committee chairperson would be second. Someone to take on the website would be next. Programming and Engineering always need people.

All shows currently being broadcast now have underwriting!! The Silverspot fundraiser netted $756. In combination with the terrific efforts by y’all on underwriting this spring, our financial situation has rebounded from less than $2000 in early April to $3800 just five weeks later. Our new cash flow projections for the rest of 2016 look promising. We decided, therefore, to establish and deposit $200 monthly to a savings or money market account in order to build a reserve fund.

Spinitron music reporting for compliance with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act will return for this quarter on June 17-20.

 

The Board of Directors meets next on Wednesday, June 8 at 4PM.

May Board Meeting Highlights

Public Gallery of Carrboro Board of Directors Meeting Highlights for May 11 2016

Save the Date for Monday, June 20! We will hold a WCOM Family Solstice Celebration on Pickards Mountain. This will not be a fundraiser. There will be no admission charge, although there will be some sort of advance signup. It will be a party for WCOM members with live music by Tony Williamson. We’ll have more details very soon.

Donald (DJ Smooth Jazz) Brumfield attended the board meeting as any member may. He became our hero by stepping forward to agree to become a badly needed Simian operator. We still need a couple more so that someone trained will always available when we have automation problems. We also badly need someone willing to fill the vacant Engineering Committee chair. These are outstanding opportunities to contribute to your community radio station.

Another Donald also stepped up. Don Emmitt will get new station t-shirts fabricated for WCOM. These should be ready by the June 20 celebration.

The Silverspot fundraiser netted $756. In combination with the terrific efforts by y’all on underwriting this spring, our financial situation has rebounded from less than $2000 in early April to $3800 just five weeks later. Our new cash flow projections for the rest of 2016 look promising. We decided, therefore, to establish and deposit $200 monthly to a savings or money market account in order to build a reserve fund for the change of studio that will no doubt happen someday as well as unanticipated expenses.

 

In other action: The board will hold a long range planning session in time to present the results to the membership at the Annual Meeting in October. A new process for substitute hosts will set up for a trial in the next couple of weeks. Spintron music reporting for compliance with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act will return for this quarter on June 17-20.

A Fun Night Out at Silverspot

Thanks to all attendees and to organizer Lee Anne McClymont for a delightful WCOM night at the movies at SilverSpot Cinema in Chapel Hill's University Place on Thursday, April 28. We had a comfortable size to dominate the bar and just the right amount of food to leave all sated. Then off to the movies. I saw the Miles Davis biopic Miles Ahead, which I recommend. Jungle Book also earned some good WCOM host reviews. Plus, we raised almost $500 for your community radio station.

Thanks to Lee Anne and Becky Johnson for these images from SilverSpot.

 

 

PGC/WCOM Board Meeting Highlights April 2016

PGC/WCOM Board Meeting Highlights April 2016

On behalf of the board, I want to express our deepest appreciation for the fantastic cooperation of our hosts during some major recent changes: agreement signing, underwriting enforcement, Spinitron logging. Y’all really rose to the challenge like champs! Thanks.

March minutes were approved with minor corrections and posted at http://wcomfm.org/index.php/about/minutes.

We adopted the first extensive amendment to the Bylaws of the Public Gallery of Carrboro since 2010. The updated bylaws can be found at https://artmenius.files.wordpress.com/2016/04/revised-pgc-bylaws-april-2016.pdf or by going to the Staff Document page inside the DJ/Host Wall on www.wcomfm.org

These revisions:

  • Permit us to do business as WCOM
  • Eliminate many minor inconsistencies
  • Clarify our board election process
  • Adopt formal consensus as our board decision making process rather than the self-contradictory “majority consensus.”
  • Clarify the responsibilities of officers and committees
  • Modify the checking process to allow Treasurer to single sign checks up to $2000, which has been our practice. The bylaws as revised in 2010 required double signature on ALL checks, but we had not being doing that.
  • Make electing a Vice-President optional.
  • Establish seven board members elected by the membership as the minimum number of directors and allows the board to elect up to 4 additional directors to fill in needs in expertise or connections.

Jim Dennis of the Music Loft continues to train with Bill McClymont to take over the equipment end of our engineering needs. We still need for people to step up for their station to work on our automation/Simian needs. Tofu Dave has a solid, sustainable plan for distributing that work among three people. We still need that trio to come forward. For the last several months Dave has had all the burden on his shoulders.

We also need to thank Tofu Dave for initiating research that discovered that we have been overpaying on insurance by a large amount from many years. Ending that will have a lasting positive effect on our bottom line. Our data is now the best it has ever been with all our info in one Excel Workbook including up to date underwriting info and address, email, and phone for all members. In MailChimp we now have emails for our 95 members and for 513 potential donors.

We also need volunteers to step up or be recruited by our members to chair the Engineering Committee, chair the Volunteer Committee, and serve as Volunteer Coordinator.

WCOM also needs people to serve on the all-important Board Development Committee. That Committee is “responsible for the recruitment of Board candidates, publicizing openings on the Board, researching and interviewing the candidates, training Board members, and preparing and explaining recommendations for consideration by the membership or by the Board.” The committee must consist of at least two people from the board and two members who are not on the board.

If you want to serve our members, supporters, and listeners in one of these key needs, please email me directly.

PGC received during April a pair of general operational support grants from the Shared Vision Foundation ($500) and the Strowd-Roses Foundation ($1000). We now enter local government fundraising. I will appreciate, and it will make a difference, all the support we can muster for our hearing before the joint Carrboro-Chapel Hill Human Services Committee. We are scheduled to close the entire series of hearings at 8PM on Monday, April 25. For Orange County, please send emails in support of our request to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. no later than May 11.

Our talking points:

  • ·         WCOM provides an open door for broadcast of area non-profits’ PSAs.
  • ·         WCOM talk shows welcome representatives of area non-profit organizations and government units, in addition to citizens.
  • ·         WCOM offers citizens the opportunity to learn about broadcasting and then to host programs making WCOM your voice in the community.
  • ·         WCOM cannot afford to measure, based on Nielson’s extremely small sample of just 14 Orange County households, how many people listen over the air. Data collected over two months in autumn 2015 indicates that we have a median of just less than 9 online listeners at any time, gain around 6 new web visitors per day among the 800 web hits daily. We have around 900 followers on the TuneIn Radio streaming service.

 

 

 

Our next station fundraiser is coming up on Thursday, April 28, at PM for our WCOM Community Night at the Movies at the Silverspot Cinema in University Place. Please promote on your show (we have two recorded PSAs) and, since only 60 tickets will be sold go to http://bit.ly/wcommovie right now and get your event tickets which include tickets to a movie of your choice (not necessarily on 4/28) and heavy hors-d'oeuvres during our social time in Silverspot’s Trilogy bar and restaurant.

 

Thanks for all you do.

Thanks for Recent Foundation Support for WCOM

The Public Gallery of Carrboro, the non-profit which operates WCOM, is proud to announce the support of two local foundations. The Shared Vision Foundation granted $500 for the second consecutive year. The Strowd-Roses Foundation, the foremost funder focused only and Carrboro and Chapel Hill, granted the station $1000 for general operation support. This marks Strowd-Roses second grant to WCOM. In February 2009 Strowd-Roses supplied $3000 for field recording equipment.

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