Round Table Episodes

COVID-19: When is it Appropriate for Stations to Reopen?

03.19.21 *The positive news of vaccines *COVID-19 vaccine is good news but not a cure *Legal Issues *Station vs. individual needs/wants *Policy for reopening

CPB Funding

03.12.21 / Open forum meeting that became a discussion on CPB Funding.  Special presentation by James Lockridge.  Station managers discussed joining together to petition for funding.

Copyright Issues

03.06.21 We review music / copyright issues that affect radio stations. Jon Almeleh, Pacifica’s compliance officer, has put together a packet of information for everyone to read. He will join us midway through the meeting to answer any questions. Lawyers Michael Couzens and Diana Basso will also be there to give information.

Nitty Gritty Business Issues

02.26.21 Some questions that have come across the GRC mailing list:

1. “How are stations viewing and increasing their media liability insurance in light of the FCC violations fee/ penalty increases.? How are you determining how much to increase your coverage and by what amounts?” 

2. “How much do (low power) stations pay managers / employees?” And, 

3. “How can you operate an email list (some of them, such as GRC, which have hundreds of addresses) without getting messages blocked and without going through Google Services?”

Listener Surveys

With Richard Towne (KUNM), Matt Murphy (WERU), Andy Stein (KZYX), and Ali Lightfoot (KVMR).

02.21 A couple of different approaches to listener surveys. These methods will include Survey Monkey, and Radio Research Consortium and Audiographics.

Strategic Planning

With Matt Murphy WERU East Orland, Maine


Business Models Part 2

01.21 Business Models Cont.

Business Models for Community Radio (Underwriting)

01.21 This discussion became largely about underwriting, so we will have another discussion on business models in the future.

Radically Changing Your Broadcast Schedule to Allow for More Participation

01.21 / The legality of playing feed from other radio stations  / Radically changing the broadcast schedule to allow for more participation / Training for DJ’s

Informing the Public About Vaccines

With Dr. Michael White

12.20 / Physician Michael White (producer of Baroque and Beyond) joins us to help radio stations properly inform the public about vaccines.

How the Pfizer-BioNTech Vaccine Works — The New York Times

Succession Planning

With David Klann

12.20 / General guidance for the continuing operation of a radio station.

End of the Year Fundraising 2020

With Matt Murphy WERU East Orland, Maine

11.20 Finding the balance between a solid pitch without being pushy.  Giving Tuesday.  New Year’s Eve party/fundraiser.

Election Talk & the Importance of Discussing Policy

11.20 The importance of discussing policy in news, with guest, Green Party Candidate for New York’s 19th District Steve Greenfield

Pre-Election Meeting

11.20 Brainstorming session for the affiliate produced COVID, Race, and Democracy. Strategies for election coverage.

Fundraising During Election 2020

With Matt Murphy (WERU), Mathilde Rand (KSQD), John Braden (WOMR), Serah Mead (KMZU), and Behr (KMUD) 10.20

Smart pitches. Creating a respite from politics. Special programming and non-special programming.

GRC Sharing

10.20 Debriefing after the GRC. Chuck D. Further discussion on “protest provacateurs.” GRC meeting planned for November. Resisting a coup.

Covid, Race, and Democracy

10.20 Executive Producers Polina Vasiliev and Ann Garrison talk about their new show, Covid, Race, and Democracy. The show discusses the big issues that Americans are facing. It features stories about the pandemic, the presidential election, and racial tensions.

Polina and Ann share about the network wide collaboration that has led to this show, and how affiliates can contribute.

Open Forum: Being Prepared for a Second Trump Term

Open Forum 09.20-the seven dirty words –window for full power stations –insurance –wild fires –being prepared for a second Trump term

Recording Interviews over the Internet: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

With Joseph McGuire (KSVR Radio in Mount Vernon, Washington) 09.20 

*Different services are discussed (Squadcast, Riversidefm, Ringr, Zencastr, Zoom) *The benefits of using remote recording over studio recording *The drawbacks of using remote recording over studio recording

GRC Info Session 2020

With Sharon Scott (WXOX in Louisville, KY) 08.28

Short Term / Long Term Strategies for Radio Station Success

With William King Jr. (KOWN in Omaha, NE) 08.20

Backup Power

With John Fox (KPRI in Pala, CA), Eugene Beer (WGRN in Columbus, OH), and Joseph Orozco (KIDE in Hoopa Valley, CA) 08.20

What Brings Us to Community Radio

Group discussion 07.20

Working with Alexa / Personal Boundaries with DJs

With Davyne Dial (WPVM in Asheville, NC) 07.20

GRC Planning in Virtual Louisville

Brainstorming with Sharon Scott ( WXOX in Louisville, Kentucky) 07.20

Virtual Remote Console for PC & MAC-with Cleanfeed

With Jon Almeleh, Otis Maclay, and Ursula Ruedenberg (Pacifica) 07.20

Caller/Remote Set-Up

With Joseph McGuire (KSVR Radio in Mount Vernon, Washington) 07.20 

Squadcast. Zencaster. Cellphone with audio set-up. Legal considerations of streaming live protests.

Policy #2: For Social Media, Tough Situations, and Addressing Racism

06.20 Checking in. When an employee is threatened. DJ’s and problematic content. Avoiding the bully pulpit. Clarity of message. Making mistakes and fixing them on-air. News reports vs call to action. Recognizing our own reactivity. The risk of playing punk rock at a protest. Looking at humanity beyond policy violation and strategy. DJ’s doing live events.

Policy #1: For Social Media, Tough Situations and Addressing Racism

06.20 Checking In. Pacifica National Special. Social media posting policy. Upheaval as opportunity to make policy. Endorsement policy. 1st Amendment and radio policy. Using airwaves for education during the time of Black Lives Matter.

Round-Table Guidelines and Black Lives Matter cont.

06.20 Going over Round-Table guidelines.  Checking in with each station–how the climate is in their town in regards to protests and police presence.  Discussion on the role of community radio during the Black Lives Matter movement.

Black Lives Matter Support

06.20 A day after George Floyd’s funeral, the round-table meets to discuss the unrest that is occurring in the country. Sharon Scott (ARTxFM) gives a first hand account of the upheaval in Louisville–the place where Breonna Taylor was killed in her home by police.


With Davyne Dial (WPVM Ashevillne, NC) 05.20

PC vs Apple for remote broadcasting.  Power outage and battery backup.  Automation vs Manual.  Confronting misinformation.

Remote Broadcasting

With Sharon Scott (ARTxFM Louisville, Kentucky) 05.20

Extra Help:

Remote Set-Up for Community Radio Stations

Remote Broadcasting for Community Radio DJs

COVID-19 Support #7

05.20 Glitches with Zoom?  Grants for COVID-19 news.  States loosening restrictions.  Planning for reopening and/or a second wave.  Going live from home.  Using drop box for simplification.  Pros and cons of having a main studio.  Continuing the round-table on social media.  Emotional support for managers.

COVID-19 Support #6

05.20 Invitation to make station greetings.  Some states are loosening safety restrictions.  Getting paid for service announcements.  More good news on fundraising.  Using Audio Hijack and Cleanfeed.  Different ways to work from home/do live shows.  How to reach more listeners.  Groups looking for input from radio stations.

COVID-19 Support #5

04.20 Home haircuts.  Mental health.  Finding good audio for phone interviews.  Virus hitting hard on black communities.  Political tensions.  Planning for long term.  Positive fundraising / postponing fundraising / mail solicitation. Live music.  Secondary stream.  Thoughts of GRC online.  Broadcasting graduations.

COVID-19 Support #4

04.20 Status with each radio station.  Touching on Digital Audio Delivery and Digital Divide.  Sharing favorite AudioPort Programs

COVID-19 Support #3 did not get recorded. Apologies.

COVID-19 Support #2

04.20 Viewing COVID-19 in big towns and little towns.  Discussing how different threat levels affect station management

COVID-19 Support #1

03.20 Relaying accurate information.  Station safety and protocol.  Programming and fundraising

COVID-19: Background and Protocol

With Dr. MarkAlain Dery (WHIV New Orleans, Louisiana                                    & Kate Ingram (KPTZ Port Townsend, Washington) 03.20

Raise Awareness with Live-Streaming

Wtih Davyne Dial (WPVM Asheville, North Carolina) 02.20

Fundraising Strategies from 2019


Model for Volunteer News

With Steve Pierce (WOOC Troy, New York) 11.19

Association of Affiliates and Other News (with Robin Collier / KCEI NM) 10.19

With Robin Collier (KCEI Taos, New Mexico) 10.19

Automating your Automated Programming

With Carl Etnier (WGDR Plainfield, Vermont) 09.19

Photo by Terry Allen