Saturday, May 20, 2006
The Arrogance of the WAIF Board
The effort(s) to reform WAIF is a result of failed and bad management, corruption, and out right disregard for the rights of its members by the WAIF Board of Trustees (BOT). This group of people are some of the most arrogant individuals I have ever met. They have totally disregarded the Policies and Procedures established by past boards which if you read thoroughly is written particularly to protect the rights of it's members.

Unfortunately the growing discord at WAIF has caused many on the board to grow either fearful that they will be removed for standing up for members rights, and for doing the right thing. It is unfortunate that the current board members has neglected their responsibilities as board members only to consent to the decisions of very few individuals.

In retrospect, you would expect the Board of a small community radio station to be willing to avoid conflict with their members. The BOT has yet to offer a meeting or hearing as to the allegations in City Beat, the Cincinnati and now at Nor has the Board been willing to even consider the validity of the cries and complaints of its members. Instead they have opted to remove, ban, and revoke the memberships of some of these individuals. Some have received absurd letters with false complaints and information contained in them. During my administrative hearing, the Board failed to protect my rights as a member by allowing Donald Shabazz, Howard Riley, and Michael Wood to run roughshod over the policies and procedures; using three different versions to satisfy their own ends.

Those of us who value and appreciate independent media cannot sit back and watch for something to happen. We must be the change we wish to see. The Board is up for reelection later this year but we can do many things NOW! To get the ball rolling. Their are many people willing to come forward but we must encourage them and stand together.

Stay tuned. There's more to come.
posted by Derrick D. Blassingame @ 4:19 AM  
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WAIF in CityBeat
"Watching at WAIF," 2/22/06

"Letters," 3/01/06

"Naughty Stepchild," 5/03/06

"Letters," 5/10/06

"Letters," 5/19/06

WAIF at The Beacon
"Media Wars! WAIF v. CityBeat" 2/26/06

"Is Donald Shabazz Putting WAIF in Danger?" 2/28/06

"Complaints Filed With FCC," 4/01/06

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*On Organization and The WAIF Website

Updates in the fight to reform WAIF, a community radio station in Cincinnati, Ohio at 88.3FM.
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Derrick Blassingame and The Dean of Cincinnati are former WAIF hosts. They know first-hand some problems inside the organization. Both decided to contribute to this site, in an attempt to save Cincinnati's community radio station!

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