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Without dreams for many are in Washington this is Jim Robertson and Jerry yo coming in you are Washington. My goodness or should I should be doing that it's already. Well I tell you it's it's it's a dangerous town. Now seriously this is your man in Washington at any hour we've just sent the final materials down to Mary Lynn Moody and the information office regarding the radio convention sessions. And we thought we'd take a third try at sending you an audio visit chatting with you a little bit on tape about the forthcoming and E.B. convention. So Jerry let's get right at it and I'll just take off
of the sessions as they come and you can give us some of the details about each one find him. First of all just get her the information. Managers and their staffs the NEA our board will be meeting all day on Saturday October 16th in the n avy executive board of directors on Sunday the 17th. But actually the registration for the convention begins on Sunday and the first kind of pre convention session is the newcomer's briefing and very good if you're in charge of that. Right I'll be running that one and that's essentially an overview of the convention for people who are attending for the first time gives them some idea of what they're getting into unites say. That's right and it's useful because a convention has between five and six thousand people and this year the sessions will be divided between the Miami Convention Center and the hotel Fontainebleau. That's right. So that it'll be useful particularly to any of you who are coming
for the first time or even maybe the second or third time. To come to that newcomers briefing during which you will also introduce people from other organizations that write the NABJ executive staff plus the top dogs from the other organizations in town. OK then there is an informal reception for everybody coming to the convention on Sunday night so whenever you get in if you're coming in on Sunday evening the reception is the first stop and then officially the convention opens Monday morning with the general opening session a report from Warren crater the chairman of the executive board of directors of anybody and what that board's been doing all year in the policies of the association. And there may be a special speaker in there the Distinguished Service Award for this year will be presented at that time. We might mention at this point that the convention this year is going to be quite different from conventions in the past in that there will be no official luncheons during the noon hour. Right the only excuse me to official functions really are the
opening reception Sunday night in the closing section Wednesday insofar as social. That's right yeah. So right yes the point in this is to give you more time to visit with your colleagues from other stations and to see some of the national staff people so every day from noon to 2 o'clock will be open time where there are plenty places to eat. I don't know where he did that. But there is time also for you to get together and do some of this visiting that has been difficult to do at past conventions because they were over schedule. Then Monday afternoon we get to the NE our business meeting at 2:30. That's right. And some of the people that will be involved in this. Two and a half hour meeting include Bill Harley our president of the association Chuck Mark was our vice president and from other organizations Alson will be there to talk about CB radio Dan Quayle will be there to talk about NPR and how it's doing. And Hugh Cordie a member of our board who is also chairman of the instructional radio taskforce will give a short report on the progress of that particular organization. And
Ray Stanley will be there to give a brief overview of the VFP program for this year. This will be the main section for radio managers to attend which has to do with the range of general business of interest to every radio and this will be followed most importantly by the Any our members reception. Yes which is which we pay for that we're going to get every free goodies Russian gang right into the wee hours maybe during the evening there were no official sessions scheduled but we have set up as we did at the public radio conference in May which many of you attended. A number of informal sessions one each night in the NE are sweet and there's a I guess a second one one of the evenings where you can drop in or drop out that massacre and come in at any time during the door's open and talk about a specific subject. Watch for what is a Monday night Monday night from 8:30 to 10:30 or so we've got Ray Stanley and Stu Hallock who operate the educational
broadcasting facilities program and they'll be in the NPR suite to talk about the program to radio managers who are interested in who are considering a grant proposal or have one in or what have you. So Ray I'll give a five minute pitch in the membership meeting but Monday night is the time you want to nail him down right then the suite will be open generally from 8:30 to from 8:00 to 11:00 every night for any of you who want to talk with Jerry or with me. Tuesday morning then is public radio and politics we felt that this was a very important consideration with 972 being an election year. And Jerry what happens in that session are two parts to it is it. That's right and we think this will be a real good session. The first part will concern proper relationships with elected officials and politicians. On the national regional local scene and we've got a rich stack and Dave plats from two of the Florida stations
who are going to be in an interview situation with two as yet unnamed Florida elected officials to talk about proper relationships with with politicians by public radio stations. One will be from the state legislature and one from the US the national scene we hope you know we don't know any expected. Part two will be a sort of a Huntley-Brinkley Abbott and Costello Laurel and Hardy routine in the New Yorker. And no this time it'll be Schwartz and Woods who happen to be a couple of our attorneys here in town and they will do a dialogue on the do's and don'ts of political broadcasting with an election year coming up next year we assume this to be quite important and we'd like to see public radio get more deeply involved in the elections next year. Then from noon to 2 o'clock in the banya area outside of the phone near the beach in the pool. Jerry and I will hold forth
so that if you have some questions that you want to ask us or you want to rap a little bit about what you've heard in the morning or what you expect to come up later if you've got some gripes about your own service for many r y that's the time to catch us. We hope that everybody will be in a good mood even if you're not that's the thing to catch right. 2:30 on. When she was me I was going to say we have two sessions going on at the same time here although we did this on purpose really. Last year we had problems with concurrent sessions but this time we did it on purpose. Right the reason we did it is because the national public radio membership meeting is scheduled at this time to run from 2:30 to 5:00 or 6:00 o'clock so to to be on opposite sides of that. We have set up a session and titled The Future of the non qualified public radio stations of the qualified stations who our NPR members will go to the NPR meeting and all others which is really the larger proportion of the N.E. our membership right
and any of that or none in any Our members are invited to the session on the future of the non-qualified station. That's right and let me run down really quickly who's involved in that session. Al halls and of course from the corporation will be there with Hopefully his iron underwear on. Then other people involved darken our charcuterie in a VM and Eugene Harvey Jacobs of WGN Los Crucis Judd dowdy of all you in Tacoma. And from the network we have leverage an act in my care as coming over to talk about service to non-qualified stations and we really have two subjects I want to cover there one is that one services that NPR is providing to non-qualified stations in effect the tape service at any hour and used to provide but there's been improvements in that coming along that's available to all licensed noncommercial educational radio stations. But then the second portion of it is really an exploration of the CPB criteria and how they're working out in various situations around the country in the three station managers Jerry
mentioned will give case studies of their own situation and then there'll be room for discussion with wholegrain. Right. Two things going on Tuesday night Jim. This week of course will be open but also in the suite that evening we will have Bob Hilliard who is director of the educational broadcasting branch of the commission. He'll be in this week to talk with station managers as well. Lou Schwartz or Bob Woods to talk about legal matters so they'll be available from about 8:30 to 10:30 in this week. And if you have any little or less easy question or problem or some kind of thing that you're not quite sure about by all means drop into the suite and have a visit was or with any of us. Right. And kun currently in another room in the hotel will be holding an open forum on the new audio technologies and Alfre a debt of WAMC in Albany will be sharing that session and you'll have Lee Franks of the educational communications division of the state of Wisconsin there Don vaguely from
N.C. A The National Center for audio experimentation. And George Hall our associate director of professional services here at the end E.D. they'll be there to talk to you about the new audio technologies including the binaural sound cassettes. You name it whatever's going to be a subchannel and so on. So if you have an interest there they'll be available again and drop in drop out type thing. That's Tuesday night right then Wednesday morning is going to be the. The members business meeting you'll recall this has been scheduled for the last few years and Wednesday afternoon and it seems somehow to be the tail of the convention and didn't have the emphasis it should have. The way in which this meeting will be conducted and resolutions can be brought to the floor of it will be described and discussed will be announced I guess I should say in the Monday morning opening session so everybody knows what the score is. But the business meeting itself will be held on Wednesday morning so that some of you must leave early can still catch it and the executive
committee of the NAACP will be on the platform so that essentially this is a I suppose I could say confrontation. It's an opportunity for individual members or representatives from stations or institutions to bring up before the total membership. Any questions having to do with any business so that the executive committee can respond to them or take them under consideration. That's not and 30 to 11:00 on Wednesday morning. I think we missed saying that at 11 o'clock on Tuesday and also on Wednesday will have major speakers there at the moment. The U.S. commissioner of education Sydney Marland is scheduled to talk on Tuesday that may gets switched to Wednesday because Dean Burgess the chairman of the FCC is also scheduled he's got a problem on Wednesdays. So all of those will probably be the two people and they'll be Tuesday or Wednesday when we can tell you at this point and you'll hear about that when we get it nailed down we also neglected another point on Monday after the opening general session at the end of it Lionel monarchists who
is director of the Office of Minority Affairs will give you a report on the activities of his office in the past year and the activities generally in public radio and public television having to do with minorities. And we've put that at that point because that's one of the top points of the convention where everybody is available. We want everybody to hear that report and if they do have reactions to it or they want to take action on it then there is time during the convention to do so. All right now we're back to again to Wednesday and as we said the morning is taken up with a business meeting and one of the major speakers again at noon there will be the two to two and a half hours of Kobani a time and then Wednesday afternoon we hope you will stay around for what we consider to be a very important session on what audiences. Does Public Radio serve and what audiences should it serve. Right and to Castello from W.K. our AM FM in East Lansing Michigan will be chairing this session for us. They participants will be Roy Miller from the corporation he's their director of audience research and the topic of his talk
and let's see if I remember that is public radio a first listen. Well he gave it to us as Public Radio our first look in and we objected but said anyway he'll be giving us some details that the CPB Research Office has been able to bring out over the last year or so right about the nature of those people who are and who are not listening to public radio today. And then we have Don Holloway of W O N K Y in Morehead Betty check of WS AJ in Raleigh North Carolina and Godwin or we will of WFC arn am hers to talk about the kind of local programming that their stations have been doing. And then we'll open it up to a general discussion and we would surely like to have everyone there in the audience because everyone will have a chance to talk about their particular local programming and who they're aiming it at. That's very important to stress Terry and I'm glad you brought it up in all of these sessions. The radio sessions in particular were building them as discussion sessions. It was Apple that
you see listed on the program we've been asked to be participants. Are there really is discussion starters and in most instances aren't they just kind of giving case histories in terms of their own experience and we plant two or three of those to get the thing going. But then you have a special seating arrangement so on this your trio are going to try to set up each session for seating and I guess you call it three quarters round style where the people are seated and the audience is seated on three sides and the participants that are kicking the thing off are seated in an interview type casual situation among them. So we'll see how that works out this year. But more discussion this year for sure. And of course the final event of the convention is the garden reception similar to the one held at the convention last year in place of the banquet and really enjoyed much more than the old banquet style. This time it'll be held under the moon and stars in the garden around the pool of the fountain. We hope the moon and stars will be yeah that's right. Well they'll be there but we hope we can see him right. That's about it.
OK and when you get your convention information if you have any questions. Be sure and give us a buzz and we'll try to clarify or give you additional information whatever you need and so until the middle of October we'll see you in Miami.
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