Times Herald Record 4 12 2013
WJFF Accepts Station Managers Resignation … SEE FULL TEXT OF THIS BELOW
Times Herald Record 3 22 2013
– Critics: Radio Station Ignoring Publichttp://www.recordonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=%2F20130322%2FNEWS%2F303220355&cid=sitesearch
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The River Reporter
By istener, former host, Maureen Neville
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The Watershed Post
4 11 2013 , see coverage here, includes video from March 20 meeting and sound clip from April 10
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WJFF accepts station manager’s resignation
JEFFERSONVILLE — After loud protests that the region’s only public radio station has lost touch with the public it serves — and may have violated public broadcasting rules — the top official at WJFF FM has resigned.
Station manager Winston Clark, who came under fire for what many said was “top down” management, submitted his resignation at Wednesday night’s board of directors meeting. Friday is his final day.
“We accepted his resignation with regret and deep appreciation for all he’s done the last four years,” said Dawn Dorcas, president of WJFF FM’s all-volunteer board of directors.
Clark, in an emailed statement to the board, didn’t give a reason for his resignation. But he did stress such accomplishments as upgrades to the station’s facilities, a new studio in Honesdale, Pa., and the station’s record financial strength.
“I also want to pay special tribute to WJFF’s remarkable volunteers for their continuing devotion, artistry, and hard work,” he wrote.
Ironically, many longtime volunteers at the western Sullivan County station blasted Clark and the board at last month’s heated board of directors meeting. Speakers said that programming and personnel decisions were made behind closed doors — instead of in consultation with a Community Advisory Board.
They charged that the advisory board hasn’t had a full meeting in years, as mandated by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which has been reviewing the charges and monitoring the WJFF situation, according to correspondence from the CPB.
The board of the hydro-powered station denies it violated federal rules — or put its federal funding in jeopardy, as one of the 23-year-old station’s founders, Anne Larsen, charged.
“(The board) believes WJFF to be in complete compliance with (all legal authorities, including the Federal Communications Commission and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting),” it said in a statement. “We will conduct a thorough review of these requirements.”
Some critics of station management, like former program host Maureen Neville, were “relieved” that Clark resigned. But they feel the lakeside station has a ways to go to regain its community connection.
WJFF founder Malcolm Brown still wants to know the board’s role in what he believes is a violation of public trust.
“I want to know what the board knew and when they knew it,” he said.