[Wpfw-lsb] Program committee meeting this Thursday, May 27/2004
robrobin at erols.com
Thu May 27 13:29:16 PDT 2004
Please forgive me, however, a prior commitment that I had forgotten may
attendance at tonight's meeting. If I can make it, I will, but I'll likely
I have looked at the Programmer Self Assessment form attributed to Bobby
Hill, as well
as the one prepared by Joan Eisenberg. I applaud them for their initiative,
but I think we
have a long way to go. It is not clear to me that we have a clear idea of
what the indices
of technical competence, artistic merit, social content and mission
Moreover, I'm not sure we're clear on what common aspects of news, public
culture and arts, music health and other programming should be evaluated,
that are unique to particular program types.
In hearing from the volunteer programmers, it is critical for the new local
station board members
to listen and learn from the folks who really make WPFW's programming work.
We would gain
credibility if we could then push for -- and achieve -- an agenda to improve
support, production and training support and make concrete workplace
Accordingly, here are some of the areas we might want to probe, when
key programmers, producers and nonprogrammers, paid staff and others we plan
What are your program goals? How do you see them fitting in with the
Were you given the adequate training in production and engineering and
How about compliance with FCC regulations and standards?
Who do you look to for production assistance?
What do you know about the WPFW mission; how does it factor into your
And for the Pacifica mission?
We think more people would listen to WPFW's programs if they knew they were
the air. What ideas do you have about better promoting WPFW's programming?
What are your feelings about using the WPFW web site, to improve
communications between you and your listeners, to consider their suggestions
regarding the show and to help convert listeners to listener-sponsors?
How do you interact with your listeners? What suggestions do they typically
about your show or about WPFW that would help us better serve our audience
reach a broader listenership?
How can the station make improvements in on-air quality of all its
programming? For example, what type of equipment and studio upgrades
would hep you the most . . .
What production improvements would help you, i.e. booking guests, doing
research, developing programs?
What about training: are there particular skills or expertise that you
would like to develop related to your show, for example, CoolEdit software,
or on-air interviewing skills?
If you had support to do more specials and originally-produced programs,
what impact would that have on your audience?
If you have special ideas for a program, say around a holiday, a
significant event in D.C. history, or around a
is there someone you feel you can go to, to develop them?
Some programs, Caribbeana and Konbit Lakay, for example, merge the
various aspects of the Pacifica and WPFW missions. How important would it be
have Von Martin and others provide cross training, as it were, so that both
the news and public affairs programmers and the music, arts and cultural
programmers could have access to strategies to help them explore other
dimensions of their subject matter?
D.C. has an embarassment of riches in terms of the historians,
scientists, philosophers, politicians, critics, musicians, novelists,
historians, playwrights, poets and revolutionaries that speak here daily.
Would it help you and your programming if you and WPFW had better access
(in advance) to some of the progressive entertainers, thinkers and speakers
Would it improve station workplace conditions if there was a music library,
a research library, and a program archive? A lot or a little?
Are there other resources like that that would improve your work? Please
elaborate . . .
To what extent would it help you and your program if WPFW had a
consolidated calendars of events for the Baltimore-Washington-NoVA area?
How important to your listeners would the publication of a WPFW folio
How important would it be - to you -- to have a weekly, biweekly or
monthly communications bulletin for the station?
How important is it -- to you -- to improve communications between the
volunteer programmers and the other members of the WPFW and Pacifica family?
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robrobin at erols.com
----- Original Message -----
From: Simin Royanian <ciwhr at yahoo.com>
To: <wpfw-lsb at lists.mutualaid.org>
Sent: Wednesday, May 26, 2004 4:42 PM
Subject: [Wpfw-lsb] Program committee meeting this Thursday, May 27/2004
> > Dear friends,
> > This is to remind you that we are meeting this
> > Thursday at the Radio Station At 6:30-8:30PM.
> > Our main agenda is a conversation with several of
> > the Programmers who have been invited by Ron P to
> come to our meeting so that we can have a
> > about our efforts to improve the programing in WPFW.
> > We would like to get some basic information from all
> > our programers so that we can move on from some
> > point of knowledge.
> > Thanks,
> > Simin Royanian
> > Chair of Program Committee
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