There's recently been an unprecedented amount of time set aside for public (member) input regarding the staff policy issues, beginning with multiple hours of a special meeting May 4th, and the replacement of an entire regular board meeting agenda on June 3rd with public comments. It's crucial to the existence of KBOO as a non-profit that the board meets and takes care of it's business, otherwise the radio station everyone cares about will suffer.
I'm going to suggest that people remember that at a board meeting, only board members can make motions, debate those motions, and vote. I've already sent my concerns to Board President Conser that the last meeting failed to conduct business, and that without returning to a ten minute public input format, governance at KBOO will have ground to a halt.
Please choose motions to ask board members to introduce wisely. If more public input is desired, then ask for a motion to schedule another informational meeting. Frankly, in my observation the on-line debate has surpassed any public meeting for it's variety and passion and I don't see another long meeting serving any purpose. But please let the board do it's business without interruption. Things that don't get on the agenda for one night might get deferred. Let the board make these decisions without mob rule.
Please also make a recording of the meeting, and have it on the KBOO website asap. It's easy, just put a recorder on auto-gain, mp3 64kbs and put it in the middle of the table. This way if people want to spin who said what, there's a record.
Battle lines clearly are being drawn for the argument about Thom Hartmann, about access vs underdog and the like. Who knew what a simple blog post at KBOO could spark? The upcoming board elections will be pivotal, let's have those conversations over the summer and see what happens in the fall.
In the meanwhile ... there are many special events planned at KBOO that need to be a success including remote broadcasts and other things including fund-raising that I'm told will be announced soon. Let's make sure KBOO survives till the fall elections and then we'll see where to go from there.