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December 09, 2016
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Lone WJFF board member presses on; Majority resigns in the wake of heated criticism

Turmoil leads to turnover at WJFF.
TRR photo by Fritz Mayer

The tension was sparked by three central issues. The first issue was the board’s alleged complicity in Clark’s unilateral decision-making. The second issue was the question of whether or not Radio Catskill is in compliance with FCC and Corporation for Public Broadcasting regulations requiring regular, open meetings of a Citizens Advisory Board (CAB); the board contended that Radio Catskill is in full compliance, but the volunteers insist that it has been in violation of those regulations since the board-ordered dissolution of its CAB in 2009. The third issue is an allegation of voting irregularities in the most recent board election. A complaint was lodged claiming that volunteers were being pressured by a board member into supporting one candidate over another. And board members acknowledged the possibility that not all eligible voters had received ballots.

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 Port Jervis, Matamoras and Milford.

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 fundraising committee announced that in lieu of a full week of pledging, it will hold three fundraising events. Visit www.wjffradio.org for more information.

Also, WJFF’s BoT announced it will hold a special meeting on Thursday April 25th at 6:30pm in the Jeffersonville Village Hall, and all are welcome.