August 10, 2010 KSDP Board Meeting Minutes

Posted on: August 18th, 2010 | Author: General Manager | Filed under: Minutes

Aleutian Peninsula Broadcasting, Inc.

KSDP Radio   P.O. Box 328   Sand Point, Alaska 99661   Phone: (907) 383-5737   Fax: (907) 383-5271


  1. Call to order

Marta Varga called the meeting to order on Tuesday, August 10, 2010 at 7:10 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: Jim Brown – President; Austin Roof – Secretary / Treasurer; Mary Olsen – Board member

Board members excused: Marta Varga – Vice President; Jack Foster, Jr. – Board member

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

General public present: Louise Zeile

  1. Approval of Agenda

Jim made a motion to approve the agenda.  Mary 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 the station has installed a new internet service with help from the Alaska Public Broadcasting Commission’s Discretionary Fund.  Will Johnson flew from Fairbanks in mid July to do the installation.  The new internet service is ten to twelve times faster than the more expensive internet service with TelAlaska currently used by the station.

The station was awarded a thirty five hundred dollar Management Assistance grant by the Rasmuson Foundation in Anchorage.  This is a reimbursable grant for the station to bring a woman from the Foraker Group to Sand Point to work on QuickBooks with Shannon and Kells.  The Board is welcome to participate in the financial training.

Engineers Chuck Lakaytis and Gray Harding and Dillingham General Manager Rob Carpenter are finally moving forward with the King Cove FM radio translator license transfer.   Gray and Chuck are filing the paperwork to register the new location of the radio translator with the FCC.  The Dillingham School Board will officially approve the license transfer at its August meeting.  When KSDP has the approval, it will move forward on the engineering visit needed to make the translator upgrade a reality.

The tower light situation will be rectified with Justin Godbehere’s installation of a part that needs to be replaced at the transmitter site.  This should start the top light flashing again.

The Corporation for Public Broadcasting is about to rule on our rural bonus grant application.   CPB is moving very slowly on this.

Kells reported a major grant opportunity with the Alaska Public Broadcasting Capital Grant – Round Six – Program.  Last year, the program provided KSDP funding for a comprehensive studio renovation.  The station is in the final stages of its grant reporting for that project.  When complete, the station will receive about eight thousand dollars more from the grant award.

  1. Old Business

There was no Old Business

  1. New business

a)      Mary Olsen and Austin Roof were sworn in as KSDP Board members.

b)      Kells updated the Board on the Merrill Lynch account.

c)      The Board looked at the ventilation system proposal.  They want more information on the subject.  They also recommended that the project be made part of a grant application.

d)     The Board wants more budget details for the King Cove translator upgrade and for the replacement of the ground system in Sand Point.

  1. Public Comments and Discussion

During Kells’ General Manager Report, Jim Brown asked how much longer until the translator in King Cove is transferred to KSDP.  Kells responded saying, we should have it by October, and that Dillingham is making it a very lengthy process.

Mary wants monthly statements of the station’s bank accounts and asked if the station had thought of moving its account to an Alaska bank.  Kells responded saying, Shannon and he would research local banks.  Jim Brown would also like board meeting packets sent to each member a few days before the meeting.  Austin Roof asked about funding a scholarship program.  The scholarship would be for a college or vocational school bound student.

The Board would also like to see more local programming, such as: live and recorded programs, Silver Salmon Derby coverage, Culture Camp reports, and more field reporting.

  1. Adjournment

The Board will next meet on September 9, 2010 at 7:00 p.m.   Jim adjourned the meeting at 8:30 p.m.

Minutes submitted by:  Shannon Sommer, Administrative Assistant

Minutes reviewed by:  Kells Hetherington, General Manager