January 21, 2020
Meeting was called to order by Kaj at 7:30am. Todd Ortloff led the pledge.
Peggy gave a quote of the day.
Carol moved to accept the Jan. 7 meeting minutes. Seconded by Edna. Motion passed.
Julie moved to accept the Jan. 14 meeting minutes. Seconded by Dan. Motion passed.
Treasurer Debby has invoices to hand out for member renewal.
Jim M. stated the Government Affairs Committee will move ahead with the PABA approved legislative agenda.
Edna announced next weeks’ program as a William Shore Pool update by Steve Burke. The following week will be Prosecuting Attorney Mark Nichols.
Cheryl Bowman will discuss salmon at noon Kiwanis this Thursday at Joshua’s.
Kaj chose to err on the side of completeness and vote on the position paper e en though it follows the approved legislative agenda. Jim M. moved to exercise the PABA bylaw provision for majority 2/3 vote and approve the PDN position paper emailed last week. Carol seconded. Motion passed.
Edna moved that PABA endorse the Port Angeles School Levy, seconded by Rob O. Debby stated she asked at a school meeting why they are pursuing a levy instead of a bond and was told they haven’t been able to pass a bond. With a 2/3 majority, the motion passed.
Kaj stated the Jamestown tribe is interested in pursuing the prevailing wage issue and is looking for community partners along with the EDC.
Program: Todd Ortloff, KONP
Edna introduced Todd.
Todd report on the history of KONP.
Charles Webster created the radio station in the late 30’s.
In 1938 the Olympic National Park was created and Webster thought it was a great marketing idea to create KONP. In 1944 they got their license, post WWII.
Webster originally set up in a downtown bar, which is now the baby store.
A spruce tree from Joyce was the first antenna for KONP.
Old water pipes, hot water heaters and copper wire created the ground system after people dropped off their old heaters.
The station has only had 4 owners.
The first thing that was broadcast in 1945 was about Victoria, BC. The one thing still on the air from day one is the Hotcakes Question and the 2nd oldest program is the Holy Trinity Lutheran Church.
In 1992 KONP was the first to use a computer in broadcasting.
KONP used to own another AM station, KAPY, and in 2002 the McDonalds sold it to AM1290. FCC requirements made it cheaper to buy a station and take it off the air than find land in Kent valley for additional signal.
KONP was the first in WA in 2015 to put an AM station on an FM translator.
They acquired KSTI from a Mississippi man struggling to get it started, and then bought KSQM in Sequim.
Now they have 5 stations and their news portal at www.MyClallamCounty.com. Dave Neupert was a KONP director in the early 80’s.
In 2013 the tower was moved from downtown to Melody Lane.
To adapt in a changing environment, Todd said people listen more online and he predicts there will be no more transmitters, only streaming. Online news takes away from listenership and they’ve launched an app to keep up. They try to be hyper local. The product is still there but the delivery is different. Hiring is different, there are no more DJs and now each employee wears multiple hats.
There is no Fairness Doctrine left.
Edba moved to extend the meeting for up to 15 minutes, second by Jim. Motion passed.
Todd added that the station is putting an emergency response plan in place. During last week’s storm he was able to broadcast from home, but a plan needs to cover all 5 stations.
Jan 28: Steve Burke, William Shore Pool
Feb 4: Mark Nichols, Prosecuting Attorney
Meeting adjourned at 8:36am.