Saturday, May 20, 2006
WAIF Board member Admissions
Here is an e-mail exchange between WAIF Board member and Treasurer Michael Wood regarding the recent City Beat editorial. I have omitted certain details that might compromise the identity of the source.

Date: Wed, 10 May 2006 12:38:01 -0400
From: "Michael Wood, Cincinnati"
Subject: Re: WAIF and City Beat article

The CityBeat article is a re-hash of the charges and FCC complaints made by several former WAIF programmers in 2000 and again this year. The sources for the article include Bill Polak, Al Ringshauser, Lynn Wilson and a couple of others. It's the same old gang who nobody trusts enough to vote into the BOT, but they still want to determine the WAIF policy.

In terms of the "facts" as presented in the article, less than half the assertions are both true and accurate. There is nothing new about the charges, or the people making them. What is new is that a writer in a position to influence CityBeat has been shepherding the articles into print.

The timing of the leaks and article was calculated to do the most damage to WAIF -- made during the fund drive, so that it *could* (it didn't) hurt our fundraising appeal.

The chairman is the person who is the spokesman for WAIF. I didn't hear his show, but if he did characterize the whiners and saboteurs as racists, that's just one of their many sins against WAIF. However, some of the disgruntled former programmers and associated whackos have been making racially inflammatory remarks in telephone calls to programmers, ("We need to take back the station from the N****s " is just one of many things being said) so perhaps that is what he's talking about. I didn't hear the show.

The people making the charges have been involved in several different incidents over the past few years, and all those named either are, or have been (at one time or another) banned from further involvement with WAIF because of their unacceptable actions. Some examples of what I call unacceptable actions include: forging financial documents, embezzlement, filing a false application with the FCC, use of WAIF resources for political purposes, use of WAIF property for personal purposes, physical violence and threats of violence, intimidation, coercion, blackmail, stealing documents from the station, breaking into our records, hacking the computers, spreading dissension by lying to programmers about BOT actions or policies, and of course, the plain, old fashioned lying about WAIF to the press.

I don't currently have any underwriters making payments on your program. Am I missing something here? Who is your underwriter? All underwriting must be paid in advance, and all underwriting must be approved by the underwriting coordinator -- Asa Olusola, before being aired on WAIF. "

What I find interesting is that Michael Wood would even attempt to make CityBeat look as though they don't already know about the corruption at WAIF. Readers of this site should be aware that in 2003, Linda Kreidler, former Board member and secretary filed for a arts grant through the City of Cincinnati. The city awarded WAIF with a nice sized grant that could only be used for advertising and promotions. WAIF Board then decided to promote the WAIF Alert (which happens to be the stations newsletter)in CityBeat. After agreeing to distribute the newsletter, CityBeat publisher and owner John Fox began to have some concerns with WAIF and its payment for services. This in essence created a wedge between the Board and CityBeat. Not only was CityBeat done wrong, but the Board, Michael Wood in particular failed to properly report its use of the grant to the City of Cincinnati, therefore the grant was revoked, the board lost a good independent media friend and ultimately the programmers and members lost out as well.

As far as fundraising is concern, during the fall fund drive, when I was on the Board, it was noted that membership was down at least by 30%. The Board was least concerned by these facts and instead decided to go on to the next subject. It should be noted that "those disgruntled programmers" who Michael Wood refers to above, actually have experience and the education to run a radio station, unlike those current Board members who either in love with jazz or Jesus. We know for a fact that membership during the Spring Fund Drive is down. Michael Wood should admit this and move on.

I should also note that the original e-mail from our reliable source asked specific questions of Michael Woods. But notice at the last paragraph of his e-mail how he tries to turn the subject around and apply false information on this individual. This is the typical protocol used by Michael Wood when people ASK QUESTIONS!
posted by Derrick D. Blassingame @ 4:51 AM  
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