VOK Update #14

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  • Board Officers Elected
  • VOK at the Forum for Democratic Action, Sept. 3
  • Call for Volunteers
  • FCC Update

Board Officers Elected

The Voices of Oklahoma Board of Directors met Aug. 16 to elect officers and discuss categories for donations, PayPal, changing signers on the NUUF Radio Fund account, grant writing and technical radio training of volunteers. Election results were:

President — Gene Perry has consistently provided valuable and professional contributions to the Radio project by developing a website, creating a web magazine, searching out contributors, and creating content for the site. He was also a member of the team of grant writers who applied for a $104,017 federal grant, and has been instrumental in researching and writing our Bylaws and Business Plan.

Vice President — Mary Francis has guided this project from the very beginning, by recruiting volunteers and allies, researching FCC policies, speaking around the community, working with the grant writing team, and much more.

Treasurer — Marcella Fleming has been part of the team developing future programs for the radio. She has been an invaluable part of the board’s discussions on a mission statement, by-laws, and promotional material, helping us define our roles and the direction for this project.

Secretary — Casey Holcomb has written articles for the web magazine, helped brainstorm story ideas, tabled at community events, and worked on our by-laws, business plan, pamphlet, and grant applications.

Our other board members are: Susan Cogan, Prof. Michael Givel, Prof. Clemencia Rodriguez, Evan Stair and Jim Vernon. The new officers and the rest of the board look forward to taking Voices of Oklahoma to the next level!

VOK at the Forum for Democratic Action, Sept. 3

Voices of Oklahoma Board President Gene Perry will be the featured speaker this Thursday, Sept. 3 at the Forum for Democratic Action. The event is at the Pink Elephant Cafe, on 301 E Main St in Norman. Dinner service starts at 6:30 pm, and the speaker begins at 7:00 pm. Dinner is $10, which includes a garden salad, main course, dessert, and tea or coffee.

The topic will be the goals of Voices of Oklahoma as they relate to the changing state of journalism in the U.S., the role of community media, and the need for more diverse media outlets in Oklahoma.

Call for Volunteers

Our board members have been working hard to make this project happen, but as our efforts expand we are looking for more community members who can be involved. If you are interested, let us know at info@voicesofok.org.

We are currently looking for volunteers for a number of teams:

Editorial Board: This group meets periodically to brainstorm story ideas for the online magazine at www.voicesofOK.org. Content can include written articles, photo essays, video, or audio podcasts on subjects including local news, arts and music, opinions, and investigative journalism.
Who do we need? Anyone who is passionate about our community and wants to create quality journalism. No prior experience is needed. We can provide advice and training in writing and media production.

Fundraising Team: This group will develop strategies for raising money and support around the community, including individual donations and business underwriters. They will discuss how to recognize various levels
of donation and begin approaching local businesses.
Who do we need? Anyone with connections to people and groups that might support this project or who has experience in marketing and grassroots fundraising.

Grants Team: The $5284 grant received last year from the Unitarian Universalist Funding Program has been accounted for in a Final Report mailed July 30th. We are working on a follow-up grant from the UU Fund for Social Responsibility, and we are always on the lookout for additional grant opportunities. We anticipate more engineering and attorney fees, training and travel needs, as well as much greater expenses in public relations and advertising of our benefit concerts and tabling events. We also hope to have a Founder’s Party for all the wonderful folks who have contributed to this project.
Who do we need? Anyone with writing, editing, or research skills.

Publicity Team: This team will come up with creative ways to get the word out about Voices of Oklahoma, whether through advertising, tabling at events, speaking to community organizations, word of mouth, or anything else we come up with. Help us build an audience!
Who do we need? Anyone who can be an outgoing spokesperson, create publicity materials like fliers, pamphlets, press releases, etc., or think of new ways to get people’s attention.

Contact info@voicesofok.org for more info on any of these teams.

FCC Update

Where are we on the FCC radar? If we knew that, we could all breathe a sigh of relief. However, they haven’t yet made a decision about our filing, which explained that the one remaining opponent for our frequency, South Central Oklahoma Christian Broadcast, has made a bogus claim and is trampling on another radio station’s air space. We are waiting for the FCC to review their application, but as you can see, we have plenty to do in the meantime.

Stay tuned!

Mary Francis & Gene Perry

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