Saturday, July 22, 2006
Joe Wessels: Lets Get Real!
Joe Wessels recent e-mail to supporters of WAIF is to me nothing more than attempt to marshall himself onto the board as the organizations savior.

Unfortunately those who received the e-mail were probably those Joe described during a meeting I attended in April; white, wealthly west siders! During an April meeting with some former and current WAIF programmers, Joe unraveled a plan to take over WAIF by encouraging Cincinnati's wealthiest or those close to money to rally behind him to take over the station. Joe said he would encourage these individuals to join him and get a program on the station as well as a seat on the board. Not soon after this proposal did the group make him their chairman. I have not been to any other meetings since.

In order to move WAIF along it requires more than e-mails, unproductive meetings, and faulty attempts to have the station controlled by wealthy white people only. A more effective approach will be the removal of the following people.

1. Donald Shabazz: current chair

2. Howard Riley; current station manager.

3. Olubanjo Adigun; board member

4. Mark Elstun, board member

5. Vinay Satyal

I would also propose a special motion to remove Michael Wood, treasurer immediately for improperly handling WAIF funds, for purposely causing the station to lose money (grant) from the city, for failing to renew the stations historical name, "Stepchild Radio of Cincinnati, Inc," amongst other reasons. Another Board member I truly believe should be removed is John Newell, husband of Cincinnati Public Schools board member Florence Newell, for failing to act appropriately and fairly while handling documents. This guy has purposely denied board members, members, and the public access to WAIF's records.

Even in voting these individuals off the board, I strongly believe that those who are replaced must also qualify to be on the board. At this time, many on the board are their to stroke their egos and oppress a small town station. Those on the board should be able to move the station along not only administratively, but financially. At this time, the stations sole income is that which comes from it's members. Other sources of income must be identified in order for the station to survive. During the next few weeks, I will share some ideas of how to effectively improve WAIF, or at least start the ball rolling.
posted by Derrick D. Blassingame @ 3:28 PM  
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WAIF in CityBeat
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"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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