KBOO has a brilliant economic model that was developed to keep it close to its constituents. By accepting small donations from listeners in "membership drives," KBOO stays honest and suitably funded. It's a model that has brilliantly weathered the 2008 crash. Did you know that? Or have you fallen for the "not just for communists" propaganda? Here are the real figures:
Revenues FY 13 year to date--
we know that
Fall Pledge Drive made goal
End- of- year appeal letter exceeded goal
Spring Pledge Drive- has almost made goal- within $1000 or so
Underwriting- 41% over goal year to date (+11,280)
But--the Winter Pledge Drive was canceled. Why? The Station "Navigator" said it wasn't needed. Was this an attempt to create a crisis, to bring in a different, non-member based funding model?
Possible Revenue shortfalls:
Actual ytd- 0 (So much for hobnobbing at the Golf course.)
Local business contribution (not Underwriting or Co-sponsorship)
Actual ytd- 0 (There's still time for the biz-friendly geniuses to turn this around...)
budgeted events still to come June-Sept.
mainly KBOO birthday party and house parties (where hopefully true KBOOters will step up)
anticipated revenue $50,000
It's hard to guess what the total shortfall for this might be-
$25,000-$70,000? Or, say, a missing Winter Drive?
Overruns to Expenses:
Professional services- so far this year $6932 over budget --lawyers; some to deal with rogue members, and some to bust unions. Probably doesn't include the $25 retainer to the union-busters
It is in this context that I posted http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2013/05/423408.shtml the information about Lynn Fitch's failed three-year plan for Food Alliance--the one in which she "increased corporate giving." KBOO's innovative model works brilliantly during hard times, because in hard times WE ARE NEEDED THE MORE and people tune in. That is why we have survived since 2008 and are thriving, whereas KPOJ's broadcasts and Food Alliance's extension services are dead. Now come the Saviors who would de-emphasize small donations, and turn to fickle corporations for large donations.
Please read the above facts carefully. And ask yourself: Is it time to replace those lazy, granola-chomping, communist hippies with some real hard-headed, business-friendly, commanding personality types?
Or is that a load of crap?
Could it be that KBOO Staff is actually chock-full of dedicated, brilliant, award winning people, renowned internationally for their accomplishments? That just about everything you've heard against them is a lie?
Please take action. The Board Meeting is June 3rd, 7PM, 20 SE 8th.
Please sign this petition. https://www.change.org/petitions/to-the-kboo-board-dump-bullard-law
Please go to http://savekboo.org for updates. Feel free to leave your opinion.
................and one more thing: check out the above photos, with Arlo Guthrie hugging KBOO Statio Navigator Lynn Fitch on the right side image. Arlo's wife was contacted; she says Lynn does not have permission to use Arlo Guthrie's name or image.