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4/17 From Marc, on WYPR BOD Meeting

I heard from a number of people what occurred at the WYPR Board of Director’s meeting.

I suppose some of you heard what happened to Kay Dellinger when she left the meeting. She was among the last to leave, and encountered WYPR GM Tony Brandon in the parking lot talking to one of the police officers sent to guard the board from its listeners. They were talking about whether the building was empty.

As Kay passed Tony Brandon she said to him, referring to the board, “You are a bunch of cowards.”

Tony replied :”F**k you, Get a life…”

So, elite, well-mannered, calm, cool, collected, tough-minded business mogul tells a woman who is his elder to F**K herself. It shows you what kind of man he really is.
Tony has misled the board, and most of the board has bought his claims, hook, line, and sinker. The board has never asked to talk with me. The board never asked to talk with Ray Blank, the consultant who worked with Tony and me over four years to manage our station

WYPR has attempted to mislead the public with its ever-changing excuses for why it fired me.

At the meeting, board chair Barbara Bozzuto said that I was fired because of philosophical differences. Previously, they claimed that my show was replaced because it focused too narrowly on Baltimore and they wanted a “statewide” show (easily disproved by looking at the list of topics the show addressed and by the fact that they had no “statewide” show lined up to replace me). Then they claimed that there were “personnel” reasons for firing me, but they have never provided any specifics to me, nor to the public, despite my public waiver of any claim of confidentiality. The falsity of their claim is demonstrated by the fact that they offered me $50,000 to keep quiet (which I would not accept) — not the sort of offer an employer makes to an employee who has done something wrong. Then they claimed they dropped me because ratings were down. But Chris Kaltenbach of the Sun showed that the numbers didn’t support their claim. Moreover, the station had cut back on promoting the show. Most importantly, public radio isn’t supposed to be driven by ratings.

Now, it is “philosophical reasons.” At least they’re getting closer to the truth.

Yes, there were philosophical differences — I believed in putting the public in public radio, they did not.. That in combination with Tony Brandon’s ego and determination not to manage the station as a team (but on his own, something he made clear at the first board meeting back in 2002) led to them ousting me as Vice President in the summer of 2005. There were philosophical reasons then, but since 2005 we have hardly said a word of importance to one another. They won control of the station, and we lost, and I decided to produce my show and serve the community as best I could.

Bozzuto said they were moving beyond my “narrow audience base”. Narrow audience base? When they canceled the show, fired me, or as NPR’s Andre Codrescu put it, “carried out a palace coup,” the support for our show and for our public radio was broader than most other public radio shows. Conservatives like Bob Ehrlich and Richard Vatz, leaders of the Jewish and Arab American communities, heads of universities, inner city activists and Hunt Valley dwellers, artists, doctors, lawyers, social workers, teachers, black, white, Asian — that “narrow audience base” for our noon show — have expressed their support of me.

If there were philosophical differences that erupted in the last three years, they revolved around what we did on the air. Some of them took umbrage that I had the temerity to raise questions about their powerful corporate friends and investments, that we did too many “urban” shows, that we brought voices on that did not sound like them. I was given grief about “Just Words,” the very series that won my producer Jessica Phillips and me a Peabody. The voices of the working poor wasn’t considered real journalism.

Well I am sorry, I thought I was finished with this, but maybe I am not. It gets so frustrating at times.

I really appreciate the almost 1,100 people who have now signed the petition to bring back my show, as well as those of you who have stood outside the station, who have written letters to WYPR’s management, made public and private statements, stood by us, taken a stand on public radio and personally supported me and Valerie through all of this.

When people ask would I go back, of course I would love to go back. I loved what I did. As Valerie often says, I lived and breathed my work. Could I do it in that atmosphere, with that leadership in place, after all that has been done? No, I could not.

When you ask what to do, I say keep the pressure on to make public really the public’s radio. It does belong to us.

This week we will be launching our website to bring you great stories and interviews every week. Our site will be a place for unheard voices. I am excited about what we are building with your support.

Keep in touch-

Marc

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    38 Responses to “4/17 from Marc, on WYPR BOD meeting”
    John in Chestertown, on April 17th, 2008 at 4:24 pm Said: Edit Comment
    Hang in there Mark! Until you are back…not one penny, not one sponsor will be supported…and I’ll put up with a lousy signal from WAMU (or none at all) here on the Shore.

    John in Chestertown

    anotheraaron, on April 17th, 2008 at 4:26 pm Said: Edit Comment
    Has O’Malley ever expressed support?

    Theresa, on April 17th, 2008 at 4:36 pm Said: Edit Comment
    Marc,

    It stinks, but you’re doing great stuff. I’m really looking forward to the new CEM site. BTW, assuming you’re going to have a link for donations, I’d like to ask that you provide an option besides PayPal; I know I’m not the only one who doesn’t use that service.

    I hope when you set it up, you’ll also provide a forum like live blogging – I’m sure there are many of us who’d like to have more interactive communications with you. Your voice will still be missed, but the interactions wouldn’t be!

    I wasn’t at the meeting on Tuesday, but the comments about the board looking like 1962 Baltimore, not 2008 Baltimore, are absolutely spot on. That group is less reflective of the community than any group I can think of in this town, short of maybe Sunday dinner at the Elkridge Hunt Club. (not that I’ve ever been there.) I think it’s reflective of something deeper going on in our society: frankly, rich white people are doing whatever they can, whatever it takes, to solidify their positions of power as they become a minority in this country.

    As Rich Little apparently said, channeling Reagan, “yes, we had a war on poverty, and the poor lost.” The class wars in our culture are being waged by the rich on the poor. Yet what we hear all the time is accusations against progressives and populists that what they want is a class war. Well, the best defense is a good offense, right?

    As Ron said in a previous post, and I’m paraphrasing, this is the most unresponsive group imaginable. If this were a public corporation, they’d be beholden to the board. As it is, they’ve set it up so they don’t have to listen to their community, either. There really is no “your”, nor any “public”, in W–R anymore. And anyone who considers donating should be aware of that.

    As for the $178K he claims to have raised, he compared it to $154K from last year’s spring drive – but no mention of the winter drive. I would ask why the Sun doesn’t delve more deeply into that, but the Sun is so entwined in the sheets with the station these days that it’s no surprise they don’t look more deeply. And what’s up with that? I guess as the Tribune sheds staff, the next place to go is to the radio station, huh. Gotta protect the next meal ticket.

    Okay, this has turned into more of a rant than I had intended. But I think they’re blowing smoke and mirrors over there. However, as I was listening today to Lincoln Chafee (another one who got bitten for standing up for something) today and had to turn to 88.1 because 88.5 was out of range, I noted that the only two ‘underwriters’ mentioned were the Ivy Bookshop and PNC – both guarantors of the original loan. Backing their own debts, I guess. Must have Deloitte & Touche around to clear that one, huh.

    Hang in there. Tony Brandon is a very small man. You are bigger than he is, and better.

    Keep up the good work.

    dave eberhardt, on April 17th, 2008 at 4:37 pm Said: Edit Comment
    yes, i would truly like to change the station- but…it has a lot of good shows and good people
    i see our movement re ypr – not as a way to win in one instance- but as a way to enlighten others how things work in america- where money plainly rules, even if by fools- this board looks like it’s from 1962
    even c-4 is better than dan rodricks
    a mass movement could change things-and that is what we must be about
    capitalism will be in turns resilient, brutal, velvet, the masses sleep listening to oprah or watching nascar
    it is plain that we are not going to win by the old tactics- the press doesn’t cover us- we don’t have a lot of money
    most certainly we must defeat repubs in the nxt election- even if dems guarantee more of the same-i’m willing to bet u

    now- u never really know what might spark a revolution- let’s give that a little more thought
    we want to win- not just ventilate or spew
    think of the tiny mammalian laughing as it sidesteps the clanking dinosaurs-
    think of that for a moment
    think of the way non-violence always wins out over violence (tho now it’s getting tougher)

    best, froginbog

    Fred, on April 17th, 2008 at 4:39 pm Said: Edit Comment
    Mark,
    We are more determined than ever to expose these short-sited cowards and return the station to the public.

    Money is not flowing into the station from the community. Tony gave a single number that suggest they had a good fund drive, but it is very suspicious that he gave no details. How much was corporate money or corporate matching funds? How much came from the board? Etc.

    People are moving forward on many fronts, especially the legal one. I wouldn’t be surprised if there were more than one lawsuit in the next year.

    Also, great work on the CEM. I love the shows I’ve heard. Be strong.

    Norma, Baltimore, on April 17th, 2008 at 4:44 pm Said: Edit Comment
    The WYPR board and management of the station continue to demonstrate arrogance and a lack of cooperation with the community advisory board and WYPR listeners.
    The management actions of the cancellation of the Marc Steiner show have been detrimental and have imperiled the stability and viability of the WYPR station. Actions by WYPR management and its board have violated the fiduciary responsibility to their members, supporters, and listeners.

    The speaker from NPR gave an excellent explanation of how Public Radio, and all radio, is rapidly changing. New media, competing avenues of how people (especially younger) use time and obtain information is a wake-up call. Her talk was precisely what we (and the WYPR Board) really need to hear. Her prescription was that Public Radio needs to change and adapt to a new model and way of doing things. That Public Radio HAS TO BE MORE COLLABORATIVE AND COOPERATIVE. Would love to hear more on this.

    From a long time Marc Steiner fan since JHU days. My husband and I did not renew our Dollar-a-Day contribution. Yes all kinds of people love Marc and his show/work. I am a conservative/Republican community activist.

    Michele in Finksburg, on April 17th, 2008 at 4:45 pm Said: Edit Comment
    As a man concerned with justice and truth, the anger and frustration you must feel over the injustice done to you by the WYPR Board must be great. Knowing for certain that you could not return to that station under that “leadership”, letting go and moving forward should be easier. I’m so glad you’re continuing to do the work you were meant to do.

    Melissa W., on April 17th, 2008 at 5:06 pm Said: Edit Comment
    I am glad people are still signing the petition–I hope someone in the media is noticing it…

    Ralph E. Moore, Jr., on April 17th, 2008 at 5:26 pm Said: Edit Comment
    FYI:

    I am seriously considering leaving the WYPR CAB. I find Brandon and Bozzuto on behalf of the board to be rude, mean-spirited, manipulative and irresponsive to the community. What do they need me for? Tony Brandon lied on the radio in saying two African American members of the board sat out in the audience during the board meeting. As far as I know, Frank Coakley is the only African American member of the WYPR board. But somebody might be passing and still sat out in the audience–for some totally inexplicable reason. Barbara B is insulted by my pointing out the outdated composition nature of the board. I’m more outraged by its existence.

    Besides, they’re already plotting to stack the board with their own ditto-heads. As a fellow CAB’er has suggested, I’ll think about it a couple of days.

    But I thought it fair to let my colleagues on the CAB know. I think you are great people.

    Peace and “Yes, we can!”
    Ralph E. Moore, Jr.
    Community Advisory Board for WYPR

    Mike, on April 17th, 2008 at 5:41 pm Said: Edit Comment
    I was a member of WYPR. I loved the idea the station was a partnership with the community. I now find WYPR to be a misnomer. It should be WTR as in “Their Radio”, as it now belongs to the Board, Tony Brandon, and its corporate underwriters. I no longer support the station. I find its current local programming flat, uninteresting, and fluff. I listen to it for its broadcast of NPR shows. I find this ironic, as I used to be anxious for the nationally syndicated NPR shows to end so that I could listen to the station’s local programming, particularly the “Marc Steiner Show.” If the station fails, I will find other radio programming to listen to. Its existence is almost irrelevant to me.

    Jim, on April 17th, 2008 at 7:24 pm Said: Edit Comment
    Ralph, man, you’re right on. Is this 1962?
    Put this out – several of the board members are members of the exclusive, whites-only Elkridge Club in north Baltimore, I know b/c a friend is on the wait staff. Tony Brandon is a member. What does this say about how they truly feel about things?
    They don’t even try to hide their hypocrisy: they want NPR to be entertainment that looks and sounds like them – elitist biggots.
    Follow the money baby!!!!

    Ron Counsell, on April 17th, 2008 at 7:34 pm Said: Edit Comment
    Dear Mr. Moore,

    Thanks for visiting us and for commenting. Your feelings are easily understood. I dare note, however, that according to Nancy Haragan’s statement in Tuesday’s CAB report, the CAB is in flux, to put it mildly. You might do the community a great service by helping the CAB define itself. For example, isn’t there conflict between the idea of an independent CAB and the fact that CAB members are appointed by station owners or management? Is it possible to enact by-laws that enable (or require) the CAB to determine its own membership?

    More importantly and more generally, we know from Marc’s example how important a radio program can be to a community. I would love to hear or read thoughtful discussions about “public” radio. What do you think? What does Doreen Bolger think? What are the opinions of Carla Hayden, Rebecca Hoffberger, Elizabeth Dickinson, Robert Freedman, Bob Somerby, and many others? Not about Marc, but about public radio issues – diversity, community involvement, future possibilities, and so much else.

    The Steiner Show never discussed these issues – perhaps Marc felt we wouldn’t be interested, I don’t know. I have been disappointed that this blog has not become a forum for addressing these issues. Why not? Do these topics not merit a series of podcasts? Or perhaps CAB members would like to post a series of essays at the CAB blog.

    Free advice from an outsider, worth what such advice always is, I suppose.

    Again, thanks for stopping by.

    Steve, on April 17th, 2008 at 7:49 pm Said: Edit Comment
    Please tell me where I can find the petition. Or a copy. and where to send it.
    Thanks

    Ron Counsell, on April 17th, 2008 at 7:54 pm Said: Edit Comment
    Addendum: truth be told, I would also like to hear or read the opinions of Geoffrey Greif, Darielle Linehan, William Clarke III, Frank Coakley, and others from the Your Public Radio Corporation BoD. They have been silent amidst the current controversy, but perhaps they would share their thoughts about their places in the world of “public” broadcasting in general. I’d bet some of these people are knowledgeable and thoughtful.

    Mr. Moore, to clarify, was Mr. Coakley in the audience Tuesday afternoon, far as you know?

    Jo, on April 17th, 2008 at 7:58 pm Said: Edit Comment
    I miss you every day, Marc.
    Brandon is an ass.
    Does anyone know how the pledge drive went?
    I never did hear his monotone report with a number on air.
    yes, I still listen occasionally but it just makes me…well, homesick for MY wypr. And I’ll never contribute a dime, ever.

    Joyce, on April 17th, 2008 at 8:35 pm Said: Edit Comment
    I rarely listen to YPR anymore because I can get WAMU. And I did not send a pledge and never will again. Keep up the good work and know how much you and your work are loved and appreciated.

    Ron Counsell, on April 17th, 2008 at 9:03 pm Said: Edit Comment
    Steve, click for The Petition..

    1,097 signers at the moment.

    Jo, Brandon says the drive brought in about $178,000 pledged, plus matching. I don’t know how much matching, or the sources of it, but a lot of the matching money apparently came from members of one of the boards.

    Ryan, on April 17th, 2008 at 9:34 pm Said: Edit Comment
    Jo, half way through the drive the dollars were way down and the staff at wypr were sweating over the potential for major cutbacks in the coming quarter. Lucky for them, several “large” pledges came through the final days of the drive.

    The question is how many fund drives will Brandon’s cronies bail him out of so he doesn’t lose face?

    Sean Conner, on April 17th, 2008 at 10:36 pm Said: Edit Comment
    During the recent fundraiser for WYPR, I called in to pledge. Before pledging, I asked if Marc Steiner had been brought back yet. I was told no. I hung up.

    I will be glad to support the station once the show is returned. If the show is brought to another show, I will support that station instead.

    Ron Counsell, on April 17th, 2008 at 11:05 pm Said: Edit Comment
    Yeeeeeehah! Someone named Maisie Steiner is a recent signer of the petition. Wonder who that could be?

    Great. I declare a coolness tie among Maisie Steiner, the Karzais, and an eminent journalist that I respect very much. (Initials JW.)

    Ron Counsell, on April 17th, 2008 at 11:15 pm Said: Edit Comment
    I have seen Mr. Brandon, and I have seen photos of Kay Dellinger.

    I’m not trying to instigate anything, but I want to referee that contest. Just sayin’.

    On another subject, regardless of where Marc next appears on air, I think I will never again contribute to a radio station unless I receive ownership shares for my “contribution”, regardless of programming. Call me a retrograde capitalist if you wish, my head is hard and I can take the beating.

    Maria Allwine, on April 18th, 2008 at 7:05 am Said: Edit Comment
    Brandon and the BOD have finally gotten around to admitting the real reason they fired Marc – “philosophical differences.” Given that, no one should believe anything Brandon says about the pledge drive. It is obvious from all information that the drive was going badly and did go badly – either Brandon and the Board bailed themselves out (there were many many matching gifts from Board members during the drive so I suspect they contributed large sums themselves) or their Elkridge Club buddies bailed them out. To the best of my knowledge, the Elkridge Club still does not admit African-Americans – or only recently “allowed” them. Please correct me if I’m wrong. No one on any Board, much less a public radio station board should pay money to belong to any entity that discriminates.

    Additionally, Brandon (Mr. F You, get a life) is active in his church, the Church of the Redeemer, where the meeting was held. Folks, these are the kinds of people running WYPR – hypocrites who care only about money and their own little worlds – where only people like themselves live.

    This is why we MUST continue our work to SAVE WYPR. This is our opportunity to take all our energy and frustration over what has happened to media in this country and do something about it locally. The firing of Marc and the yanking of his show from our lives uncovered a very ugly reality at “our” public radio station and it’s up to us to fight for what we want it to be. And we need you, Ralph Moore, please please do not resign. They win – we lose if you do that. We need more people like you on the CAB, not less.

    This fight may take a little while and will involve a lot of work, but we can and will be effective. If we do nothing, we say that what they have done is OK with us. And I know it’s not OK with us!! The Bring Back Steiner Movement will continue for as long as it takes to force public scrutiny of the station and to make sure that either Marc is returned (which would mean station management and Board makeup have changed) or that this can not happen again. Our goal is to change the way the station is run and to guarantee community input and control. Join us!!

    Sarah, on April 18th, 2008 at 8:31 am Said: Edit Comment
    Mr. Ralph Moore: Where can someone find the written recommendations from the CAB? And, Mr. Moore, please stay on the CAB. I realize it must be terribly frustrating and a lot of work, but the CAB could be recognized as a legitimate check on the excesses of the management at WYPR. Also, perhaps the CAB could set up its own website, where people can comment and ask questions, (and read the recommendations), learn about public meetings etc, that is not run by WYPR. It could link from that site-but that could be a first expression of public independence. Thank you for your service.

    JR, on April 18th, 2008 at 9:54 am Said: Edit Comment
    Marc,

    Please get a life. It is over and you lost the war. Start building a new brand somewhere else. If you are so good, you should be able to get a show with another station. I like you, but I think you look pathetic and bitter. Sure your support is broad, but that does not mean things like this don’t happen every day of the week to hard working people throughout this city, State and Country. People lose their jobs everyday and they need to move on and start a new. Why are you different?

    Get over it and stop making trouble! We are all getting sick of it.

    Jan, on April 18th, 2008 at 11:55 am Said: Edit Comment
    JR

    It is obvious that Marc Steiner has a life. The CEM makes that quite obvious. Marc is doing fine and will continue to do fine.

    This is an issue that transcends Marc even as he is the touchstone.

    The issue is simple: Is Public radio the fiefdom of a few people or is it public radio?

    Norma, Baltimore, on April 18th, 2008 at 12:16 pm Said: Edit Comment
    It is the principle of the situation. It is much more beyond Marc Steiner. This is not the same as a private job at a private company. WYPR is non-profit. Marc Steiner hosted a public affairs program. Unlike most other jobs, this type of work is PUBLIC by definition. What WYPR does or not do is public. It is a different type of work and highly visible. Most people work at jobs that do not have this scrutiny. WYPR has a fiduciary responsibility to be transparent and honest. It is our membership money. Also, many of us contribute to, work for, or sit on the board of the foundations, neighborhood business, and groups that support WYPR.

    Ron Counsell, on April 18th, 2008 at 12:22 pm Said: Edit Comment
    Sarah,

    At the April 1 CAB meeting, it was said that the CAB recommendations would be published on line at the
    CAB blog. The last working meeting wasn’t until April 14, though, so they didn’[t get posted.

    At the April 15 meeting I was told, again, that they would be posted, but the person said she didn’t know when.

    Ron Counsell, on April 18th, 2008 at 12:55 pm Said: Edit Comment
    Sarah,

    The CAB has a blog, at which the recommendations are expected to be posted some day. You make an interesting point. It is run by WYPR, not the CAB. The point person possibly is Alexandra Price, WYPR Associate Development Director. I’m not saying this is a bad thing. Every comment of mine at that blog has been published, and is still available. Still, if the CAB had someone like Jessica or Justin, the recommendations would have been posted by now. Your point is made.

    When I mentioned the CAB blog to Elizabeth Dickinson, she acted so surprised I wondered if she knew about it. Another CAB member told me she didn’t know there was a CAB blog, although the Chair, Doreen Bolger, told me all CAB members were informed about it. Other CABers have told me they have never read the blog, and if you visit, you will see that no CABer has ever commented there. It’s been one-way communication so far, with nobody on the other end.

    Ron Counsell, on April 18th, 2008 at 1:14 pm Said: Edit Comment
    JR,

    This isn’t about Marc.

    This is about me, and if anyone else feels as I do, it is about us. The Steiner Show is what kept me sane at the end of 2004 and through most of 2005.

    I cry sometimes when I listen to Bob Edwards Weekend. I don’t cry for Edwards, he’s doing well, and Marc is too. Every time I listen to Bob Edwards Weekend, however, I am reminded of how much we lost when NPR decided to “go in a new direction.” Yuck.

    Bryan, on April 18th, 2008 at 1:22 pm Said: Edit Comment
    Start building a new brand somewhere else.!

    Isn’t this what is happening with the CEM?

    People lose their jobs everyday and they need to move on and start a new.!

    I think Marc has moved on. He has said that he would not return to W?PR under current management. He is moving forward with several exciting projects involving the CEM. Who knows what other opportunities he may be pursuing that, for obvious reasons, can’t yet be disclosed publicly?

    Get over it and stop making trouble!

    I’m a little confused here. Aside from a few press interviews in the days after the firing, Marc hasn’t really said much publicly about the whole situation except here ON HIS OWN BLOG! I don’t see how sharing one’s own thoughts on one’s own blog is “causing trouble”. If you’re reading this blog, I assume you’re not here by accident, so what did you think you’d find here? I think it would have been a little weird if Marc hadn’t reacted to what was the first BOD meeting since his firing.

    We are all getting sick of it.

    Who is this “we” you are referring to? Of the hundreds of blog comments, Sun forum comments, and letters to the editor I’ve read since the firing, only a handful have expressed similar sentiments.

    Suzanne in Mayfield, on April 18th, 2008 at 2:19 pm Said: Edit Comment
    The only thing I am ‘getting sick of’ is hearing more about the management of WYPR and of how they run the station. Making ‘ad hominem’ statements about the managers only tends to muddy the issue. We shouldn’t speak of their places of worship or where they go for their ’social life’, but of how they have betrayed the good faith of the listeners. No one is ‘making trouble’. We are all only exercising and keeping alive our right of free speech.

    dave eberhardt, on April 18th, 2008 at 2:45 pm Said: Edit Comment
    to jr and suzanne
    why can’t you use your whole names?
    are you ashamed of something? scared?
    best DAVE EBERHART (note I left a letter out!!!) mozela9@surfglobal.net
    235-7507

    by the way all- we need a bit o humor

    can you fill in the middle?

    there was a rabbi and a priest and a minister on a boat

    joke ends- did you tell him about the rocks?

    2nd joke- in honor of eliot spitzer

    reconstruct the joke that ends with this: he was arrested for violating the mann act- transporting gulls across state lions for imortal porpoises

    Ron Counsell, on April 18th, 2008 at 2:47 pm Said: Edit Comment
    From the printed version,

    WYPR Community Advisory Board recommendations at the April 15 meeting of the Your Public Radio Corporation BoD {footnote 1}:

    Statement by Larry Kloze:

    Several observations frame the recommendations:

    The WYPR Board needs to make a public acknowledgement that it made mistakes in handling the Marc Steiner situation and communication with the CAB.

    The WYPR Board can’t pretend that the way recent events unfolded was appropriate.

    The CAB believes decisions were made that imperiled the station.

    Statement by Sherrilyn Ifill:

    Based on the overwhelming public response {footnote 2}, we recommend that Marc Steiner be invited back to resume his duties as host of a public affairs program.

    Statement by Ralph Moore:

    There should be a timely external audit of the station’s governance by a nationally recognized expert, whith the findings publically released.

    The Board should be more representative of the public that it serves – more African-Americans, and also all kinds of persons of different ages, backgrounds, races, religions, socio-economic levels, and education.

    (Mr. Moore vamped a little bit on the 1962 thing.)

    Statement by Nancy Haragan:

    To represent the community effectively, the CAB will need to develop a mission statement, by-laws, and goals, and define its roles and responsibilities regarding p0licy decisions and programming philosophy. This will require information, transparency, and suppprt from the WYPR staff and Board. We expect to facilitate better community representation with substance and meaning, and to develop a mutual respect and positive working relationship with WYPR. As a first step, we expect the WYPR Board to respond to all of these recommendations in a complete, timely, and transparent manner.

    —————————————————————

    {Footnote 1}: These recommendations are made following two public CAB meetings (February 20 and April 1, 2008), three Steering Committee Working Sessions (February 13, April 7, and April 14, 2008), and an informational meeting with WYPR Management and Trustees (March 12, 2008).

    {Footnote 2}: This recommendation is based on evidence of public support for Marc Steiner’s return. On February 20, 2008, the CAB held a well advertised public meeting. Over 300 persons attended; nearly 60 participants testified; and 17 comment cards and a petition with 502 signatures were submitted. All protested cancellation of the Steiner show. Many online letters to the editor were also received by the Baltimore Sun, the majority in strong opposition to the cancellation. Individuals and groups have consistently held protests outside the staition. Grassroots organizations and websites have sprung up, supporting the return of the Steiner show. An online petition, urging the Board to “Bring Marc Steiner Back to YPR” received over 1,039 signatures. The Petition Site. The CAB requested documentation of a contrary community point of view from the WYPR Board before their March 12th meeting, but none was provided.

    Jane Meyer, on April 19th, 2008 at 8:57 am Said: Edit Comment
    I was at the meeting on Tues., April 15th. I was very impressed by the CAB’s report to the WYPR”s BoD. What followed impressed me, but in a negative way. It seemed that with enough money and power you can bend the truth to suit your needs. That is exactly what the BoD attempted to do. They were met with the repudiation from the audience as we challenged their fabrications. I have even more admiration for Marc Steiner for continually getting back “in the ring” with these dangerous and arrogant people on a daily basis. I believe he did it for us. We thought we were the Public in WYPR. We now know the Public has been bought out. If people like Ralph Moore, Jr. and others on the CAB resign the BoD wins and we all lose. I hope this will be a time for the CAB to become even stronger. I thank them all. Jane Meyer

    Tom from Towson, on April 19th, 2008 at 9:37 pm Said: Edit Comment
    Marc, stop whining.

    You are gone because you took a consistent, Left wing, anti-capitalist rant of “reasoning” everytime you spoke. Your positions are best described by one of your blogger’s quotes: “As Rich Little apparently said, channeling Reagan, “yes, we had a war on poverty, and the poor lost.” The class wars in our culture are being waged by the rich on the poor. Yet what we hear all the time is accusations against progressives and populists that what they want is a class war. Well, the best defense is a good offense, right? ”

    Well, there you go. Forget the recovery of America under Reagan, after the horrific economic recession and foreign policy debacles of Carter. Does anyone remember our international humiliation with a year of hostages in Iran, which ended the day Reagan was inaugurated, because the mullahs were petrified that Reagan had the guts to intercede, unlike Neville Carter?.

    Marc, take a Finance, Economics, or History course. Understand that tax cuts INCREASE revenues. This is an empircal fact beyond dispute. The issue is SPENDING, stupid! While I am at it, realize that radical Islam and other fanatics don’t understand Socratic reasoning. They understand force.

    The world is a cruel place. Capitalism and American success depend upon those who work hard and take advantage of our nation’s democratic opportunities. They are out there for everyone. Those who don’t want to take advantage of our opportunities can suck it up. We who work hard are sick and tired of the whining.

    You were fired because you never understood what has made America great, nor did you bother to ever listen to the other side.

    Now, let the bleeding hearts who support you excoriate me!

    Kind regards!!!!

    Tom from Towson, on April 19th, 2008 at 9:42 pm Said: Edit Comment
    Awating moderation? What ever happened to free speech for the Left AND Right?

    Tom–We approve every single comment, positive or negative, friendly or not, unless it is spam. We have to keep these comments moderated or they would become overrun with spam and advertisements. I assure you, the purpose of moderation is not some nefarious plan to silence people who don’t agree with Marc. If you look through the comments throughout the blogs, there is ample disagreement with his point of view. -Jessica

    Fleur in Chestertown, on April 20th, 2008 at 3:29 pm Said: Edit Comment
    Forgive the omissions from the preious msg. Don’t know what happened. Fleur.

    Dan Roderick sounds like a typical AM radio station announcer. He’s not too bright and sometimes his questions are embarassing. Whether the program is “state-wide” or not hasn’t registered because it’s an accident when I do listen. We listen to Diane Rheem on 88.1 because the reception is better that 88.5 on the Eastern Shore, but as soon as she’s over, we go elsewhere on the dial. The spring fund raiser? Ha, it’s not believable that they collected a significant amount of $$. And where are the callers from Marc’s show? Not once have we heard from Jerry in Pikesville–oh what a refreshing (and sometimes combative) voice he lent to Marc’s show. Part of the attraction to Marc’s show was the callers. Granted, in Chestertown we aren’t that interested in the perpetual problems of Baltimore because of our location. Eastern Shore listeners are removed from the day-to-day events at the actual building, and we don’t read the Sun, so I am glad this blog exists so we can keep up to date.
    And finally “F**k you, Tony Branden.”

    dave eberhardt, on April 20th, 2008 at 4:32 pm Said: Edit Comment
    oo tom from towson- no last name of course- man are you going to b excoriated- u need to take a history, finance and conomics course

    tom- “hard work” so that ceos can have a golden parachute? what line of work r u in? me- i’m in a union.

    tax cuts INCREASE revenues as an empirical fact? this can b argued until the cows come home- pleese-

    give me a good argument from the right- a philosophical argument- i never get good ones- let’s take distribution of wealth- so 2/3rds of the world does NOT go to bed hungry or in poverty-

    tome u r going to say-the more the wealthy make- the better it is- all boats rise on the tide- but i see the wealthy- xcept for carnegies or enoch pratts, just getting greedier- it’s human nature, tom- at least for too many (actually human nature is peaceable and loving)

    that’s why i’m not going to excoriate u

    neville carter? what other president is doing a THING for world peace?

    tome- u need some whirled peas”
    best dave eberhardt (code name) ron -boy ray- gun

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