In the midst of a ten, eleven or twelve hour work day, it’s not always easy to stop and just be silly or have fun. Are we even allowed to have fun at a progressive activist-oriented community organization? “I don’t know. Let me check the bylaws.” That said, I did stop to come up with some preposterous—and not so preposterous—predictions for 2008:
Prediction #1: We will see a backlash in favor of Billy Joel. Barflies and Baby Boomers will raise their beer mugs and bottled water to toast “The Piano Man.” Impossible? Stranger things have happened.
Prediction #2: My forthcoming book, 101 Dating Stories for Any Occasion will make the New York Times bestseller list, and the “companion” book 101 Dating Success Stories will “garner respectable sales figures.” Someone asked me if I was really writing a book series, and my response was, “According to my predictions, I am.”
Prediction #3: Nintendo has games for the Wii in which you can bowl, fish or do just about anything else. In the newest version of the Wii, I predict that the company will offer players the chance to have sex on the computer. In a colossal marketing blunder, it will be named, “The Wii Wii.” The game will be a surprise hit in France where we know that “Wii Wii” translates as “Yes, Yes.”
Those are the silly predictions. My serious prediction is that this will be the year that KBOO makes meaningful programming and scheduling changes, building on the areas where we succeed. While community radio stations sometimes have a hard time dealing with change, there’s a sense of both urgency and opportunity at the station these days. We’re fortunate to have a supportive and friendly board of directors, experienced staff and enthusiastic volunteers.
How are we working for positive change? A planning and input process is number one. We had a meeting for volunteers last month, and we are having a public meeting on Saturday, January 26th (see our home page for detailed information and materials). Beginning in early February, we will begin and extensive survey process. While the programming is important, it must be supported by outreach, web and fundraising, and we have a specific objectives in those areas.
This is our chance to build a legacy. I hope that you will support the station be it with time, money or spreading the good word about community radio!