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April 23, 2014
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Majority of WJFF board resigns; a new era for Radio Catskill?


Dorcas responded to calls for the board to step down by asking if those calls were directed at her personally. When audience response indicated that might be the case, Dorcas announced that she will not seek another term when her current term expires in June. [See below for more recent news about several board resignations since the April 17 meeting.] She also offered to resign immediately, if that was the board’s wish. Fellow board members gave her their support.

Some positive notes were sounded during the meeting. Several audience members identifying themselves as listeners, members, and volunteers praised both the board and the volunteers for their many unpaid hours of service on behalf of Radio Catskill.

Weinreich announced the possibility of a translator swap that would increase the Radio Catskill listening area to include Delaware River towns of Port Jervis, Matamoras and Milford. Board member Sonja Hedlund contributed ideas for WJFF CAB practices modeled on those of other public radio stations with demographics similar to those of WJFF.

An ad hoc committee was appointed to write a station manager job description. The WJFF Fundraising Committee announced that in lieu of a full week of pledging, it will hold three fundraising events: Foodstock, a food and wine tasting, will be held in the Tennis Building at Villa Roma on May 11 from 11 a.m.to 3 p.m.; a fundraising dinner; and a short-form pledge. For more information, visit WJFF’s website at www.wjffradio.org.

The meeting concluded with the recognition that many people in our community are passionately committed to the success of Radio Catskill. Constructive suggestions for moving forward included bringing in an independent mediator to address divisive issues, holding general elections for BOT seats, setting BOT term limits and improving transparency by upgrading the WJFF website to make more information available to the general public.


Resignation Announcement
The following statement was issued by eight members of the WJFF Board of Trustees on Friday, April 19. “It is with profound regret and sadness that we have resigned as members of the WJFF Board of Trustees. In recent months, and in particular in our last two board meetings, we have been subjected to personal attacks and unfounded accusations of financial and ethical violations, none of which are true. We believe our efforts have stabilized the station’s financial position and improved its programming for the benefit of the wide WJFF communities as we have strived to look outward rather than inward. Any further debate as to the future of the station can now continue without us. We wish Adam Weinreich, the interim station manager, success in his endeavor and thank the many dedicated volunteers for their work and support.”

The statement was singed by Dawn Dorcas, President; Rose Brown, Vice President; Fern Lee Hagedorn, Secretary; Michael Propst, Treasurer; Steve Van Benschoten; Deborah Chandler; Darlene Midlang; Art Steinhauer