Concerned Members and Supporters of WPFW is back online!

Greetings supporters and listeners of D.C.’s only Jazz and Justice Community Station.

Much has happened since our last post. Let’s begin with:

The Local Station Board (LSB) is meeting on Wednesday, November 14th at 6:30p.m., in the Tenley-Friendship Public Library located at 4450 Wisconsin Avenue, N.W., DC  20016.  Community Comment begins at 7:30 p.m.  Please come and ask your questions to Management and the Delegates who were elected to represent you.            We are meeting at the Library because of construction at WPFW offices.

The WPFW Management Assessment and Search Committee (MASC) is in the midst of the process to hire a permanent Program Director.  We would like to hear from you:  what should the LSB look for in its search?  Please come to a listening session of the MASC on Saturday, November 17th from 10:00 a.m. to noon at the Takoma Park Library located at 416 Cedar Street, N.W., DC 20012.

The National elections might be over but the WPFW Local Station Board Election is still going. Members should be receiving your ballots in November. Please listen for candidate statements on the air as well as on the WPFW website. Then complete and mail your ballots in electronically or by using U.S. mail in order to achieve quorum.

Relocation prospects have been dismal. The scant WPFW Relocation Committee has been looking for a new location for some time now. Many people believe that the current location is costing too much in rent, is located in the midst of daily traffic congestion and expensive parking, and isn’t in what one would consider to be a supportive community.  Management has negotiated a 5 year extension without the support of the LSB. If you know of a place that fits the following criteria contact the LSB at wpfwlsb@gmail.com

Location

  1.  accessible by public transportation
  2. in a safe environment
  3. handicap accessible

Structure

  1. relatively quiet with infrastructure suitable to support radio broadcasting 24 hours/day
  2. roof space and access for antenna installations
  3. 24 secure access
  4. prefer at least 5,000 SF but will consider spaces greater than 3,500SF.
  5. flexible interior
  6. space sharing with compatible tenants is a possibility

Interior Build Out

  1. sound studios
  2. administrative offices
  3. reception area
  4. multi purpose area
  5. green room
  6. storage
  7. classroom
  8. small kitchen
  9. multi-media center for training
  10. laboratory facilities

Financial

  1. desiring total monthly payment not to exceed $12K/mo including build-out and utilities.
  2. lease with option to buy

The Empire State Realty Trust (ESRT) lawsuit against Pacifica for tower rent due from WBAI has been settled. The 2018 Pacifica National Board leveraged assets and used a loan in lieu of filing for bankruptcy to settle and pay a lesser amount. The Board also relocated the transmitter and antennae to another location paying a reduced lease.

More to Come…

 

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