May 27, 2010 KSDP Meeting Minutes

Posted on: March 13th, 2013 | Author: Alaska Political News Wire | Filed under: Minutes




  1. Call to order

Marta Varga called the meeting to order on Thursday, May 27, 2010 at 5:15 p.m.  The Board meeting took place at the station at the Sand Point City Building.

  1. Roll call

Marta called the roll.  The following persons were present:


Board members present: Marta Varga – Vice President / Secretary / Treasurer; Jim Brown – Board Member; Jack Foster, Jr. – Board Member


Board members excused: Robbe Gilmour – Chairman; Jack Foster, Jr. – Board Member; Joanna Karlsen – Board Member


KSDP staff present: Kells Hetherington – General Manager; Shannon Sommer – Administrative Assistant

  1. Approval of Agenda

Jim made a motion to approve the agenda.  Jack seconded the motion.  The motion passed.

  1. Approval of minutes from last meeting

Minutes will be approved at the next regular meeting.

  1. General Manager’s Report

Kells reported on the installation of the new studio furniture, as well as other improvements taking place as part of the major renovation.  He mentioned a few minor completions.  The new mic booms require side mounts in order to slide down (the part has been ordered).  The lower step in the on-air studio must be removed and the new radio console in the production studio must be hooked up to the telephone hybrid for interviews.


The transmitter site has been cleared of wood, rusted cables and assorted debris that were scattered around.


KSDP has started to receive payments from NOAA for its tower lease.


The tower light has not been working properly due to a piece of blown electrical equipment located in the tower shack.  The part has been ordered.


The station has been awarded $50,000.00 in the state capital budget.  The grant will be used to replace the ground system at the transmitter site, as well as to renovate the FM radio translator in King Cove.


During the last Board meeting, a transfer agreement prepared by FCC attorney Larry Miller was signed.  The agreement was sent to Dillingham.  Dillingham wants a four thousand dollar payment for the transfer.


Virgil is leaving for salmon fishing then moving to California.  Katherine Ford (KK) will be replacing Virgil.


There are four candidates running for three seats on the Board.

  1. Old Business

a)      Marta made a motion to approve payment for the transfer of King Cove radio license.  Jim seconded the motion and the motion passed.

b)      To date, the production room window has not been fixed.

c)      The tower light problem has been identified.  A new piece of equipment has been ordered.

  1. New business

a)      Jim made a motion to approve the Board election, and the election ballots.  Marta seconded the motion and the motion passed.

b)      Kells reported to the Board the state capital grant award success.

c)      Board members toured the new production and on-air studios.

d)     Two Board members signed checks.

  1. Public Comments and Discussion
  2. Adjournment

The Board will next meet on June 14, 2010 at 7:00 p.m.   Jim adjourned the meeting at 6:12 p.m.




Minutes submitted by:  Shannon Sommer, Administrative Assistant

Minutes reviewed by:  Kells Hetherington, General Manager