Here’s where you can keep up to date regarding station business, program changes, and other tidbits in the life of your community radio station.

Online Streaming Ended on January 31st

Ellen H (Editor in Chief)
02/05/2016

KPFZ Management has announced that online streaming ended on January 31, 2016.  According to the KPFZ Board of Directors President Chloe Karl station staff are currently exploring other avenues to restore online streaming.

If you do want to help prevent this to happen, check out the Future of Music Coalition’s post on www.actionnetwork.org. This is an organization attempting to get reasonable webcasting fees that will not force small community radio stations like KPFZ to stop streaming their shows.

From the Future of Music Colation’s post on Action Network’s website:

We support fair and transparent payment to artists and rightsholders when their work is used. We also recognize that small webcasters are vitally important to musical culture, whether it’s small community FM stations or online webcasters who program niche music. Webcasting reflects far greater diversity—from cutting edge releases by contemporary artists to America’s rich and varied musical traditions. And unlike commercial FM, internet radio pays musicians and labels. The relationship between artists and small webcasters is mutually supportive. This dynamic must be preserved. The expiration of the Webcaster Settlement Act has left many small webcasters facing a steep increase in rates and unsure of their future survival. We’re optimistic that a solution can be found to allow many small commercial webcasters to continue to operate, important music played and artists paid—directly, transparently and fairly. Stay tuned for updates and opportunities to take action. For now, please sign up to be notified of the latest developments.

Valley Fire Documentary Seeks Survivors

Ellen H (Editor in Chief)
02/01/2016

Do you know anyone whose life was impacted by the 2015 Valley Fire, and who also found help from KPFZ?

A filmmaker from Boston is seeking stories of those who shared our radio experience during those fateful weeks in September and October, when KPFZ was a primary source of information to survivors and supporters throughout Lake County.

If you know of anyone or would like to participate in creating a dynamic picture of how our community came together through the airwaves, contact Betsy Cawn at 707-275-9376 or via email at epi-center@sbcglobal.net.

The Board Of Directors meeting scheduled for Monday, February 15, 2016 at 6:15 p.m.

Board members meet upstairs at 149 North Main Street in Lakeport. The public is always encouraged and welcome to attend.

Please check in with this website or the KPFZ station at 707-263-3640 for meeting agendas and any updates.

Mark your calendars! See you there.

Future meeting – March 21, 2016 at 6:15 p.m.

Web Committee Minutes – January 14, 2016

Ellen H (Editor in Chief)
01/17/2016

Requirements: we have an agreed specification. The new site must work well on browsers, wide browsers and small mobile devices.

It will have a sticky header which is always visible, showing “KPFZ 88.1FM”, “263-3435” and with Single-Click links to a few pages (eg Home Page, Schedule, News, and Stream). On very small devices it may use something like a hamburger menu, so all pages are available with 1 or 2 clicks.

As a guideline we plan to provide quick “tabbed” access to 5 pages, and each may have 5 sub-pages.

The home page will show the current, previous and next programs; a summary of news items; and a link to the facebook pages.

On a large screen the schedule will be a weekly grid, on small devices with a daily grid. The database will contain information about programs and programmers, which can be accessed by clicking a program on the schedule, and may be shown on various other pages. Programmers may provide contact info such as email, phones and web pages. It will be possible to filter the displayed schedule by categories (at least talk and music), which will be color-coded)

There will be a donation/membership area with Paypal links. We will retain the historical documents and provide links to them

It will have no user comments: the contact page will have “mailto” email links to several separate mailing lists. Anyone can subscribe to/unsubscribe from a list.

Implementation: the two main candidates are Drupal (David will investigate) and WordPress (Alan). We will probably make a trial site on each, and then pick one. We will then need a Web Graphic Designer to advise on the page/sub-page structure, appearance, fonts etc.

The target is to have a fully functional site by the end of June 2016.

Existing site: obtain a full database dump (David). Turn off comments AND contact forms. Replace contact form with MAILTO, initially sent to contact@kpfz.org — which will be forwarded to kpfz@mchsi.com. Disable all unneeded modules. Delete all users who have never posted (mostly spammers). Do a trial upgrade to the lastest WordPress, and if it works, upgrade the live version.

Next web subcommittee meeting : Feb 11 2016, 6:15pm in the green room.