Lots of WCOM news to report, most of them changes.
Two WCOM volunteer hosts have laid down their microphones. Claudio Niedworok has hosted "Claudio's Speakeasy" on Tuesday mornings for eight years, driving an hour each way to do so. He has interviewed many people in the arts during that time and recorded many liners for hosts. Claudio recruited Durham's Carolina Theater as a Golden Voice underwriter. When their well publicized financial difficulties meant they could not renew, our resident seafarer, chef, actor, and storyteller decided it was time to move on. Claudio presented his final show on January 26.
In December, Brian Parren completed three years of hosting "Jazz Before Parker," which showcased the best in classic, swinging, pre-Bebop music. Brian decided he had accomplished what he had intended to do with the show.
In the positive change department, thanks to Bill McClymont our way better, 85 mbps download Internet hookup went live on January 27. This should eliminate the dropouts that particularly effected on network programs such as "Undercurrents" and "Democracy Now" that are delivered over the Internet.
Another is that, thanks to James Coley pointing it out, we changed some unfortunate, contra-free speech language that had been in the host agreements for at least four years. The new policy reads: Hosts must clearly state that "the opinions expressed on this show are not those of WCOM, its board, or underwriters."
Other good things include adding Don Emmett to the board of directors, bringing us to the seven required by our bylaws. The board adopted a budget for 2016. We negotiated a new, four-year lease with The ArtsCenter and submitted applications for general operating support to Town of Carrboro, Orange County, and the Strowd-Roses Foundation. Mark the evening of June 20 on your calendars since it appears that we'll be able to have a WCOM Summer Solstice event at a very special location.
The Development Committee will meet on Wednesday, February 3 at 2:30PM at the Grey Squirrel between WCOM and Cat's Cradle. The Board of Directors meets next at The ArtsCenter on Wednesday, February 10 at 4PM. Both meetings are open to any volunteer hosts or donors.